Doctor of Philosophy

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is a University degree governed by Resolutions set down by the Academic Board. Candidates should be familiar with the Academic Board documents Degree of Doctor of Philosophy and University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011.

See the Policy Register sydney.edu.au/policies for the most up-to-date versions of these resolutions.

Candidates in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning are also governed by the following resolutions:

 

Doctor of Philosophy


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 (the 'HDR Rule'), the Academic Board resolutions relating to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy and the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended).

Course resolutions

1 Course Codes

Code

Course title

CB000

Doctor of Philosophy

2 Course structure and requirements

(1)
For the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, candidates undertake an approved program of supervised, advanced research, which constitutes an original contribution to knowledge. Students will be examined for the degree by completing a body of work presented in one of two forms:
(a)
a substantial written thesis of 60,000-80,000 words that, through a sustained investigation, demonstrates an original contribution to knowledge; or
(b)
a thesis comprising a substantial body of creative work for exhibition plus a written text of 30,000-50,000 words examining the histories and theoretical underpinnings of the creative work, both of which demonstrate an original contribution to knowledge.
(2)
For the dual mode (b) above, the length of the written thesis will be agreed through consultation between the candidate, the supervisory team and the Head of Discipline during the probationary period and any changes will need to be approved by the supervisor and Head of Discipline.

3 Application for admission to candidature

(1)
Applicants for a proposed course of research and advanced study must include:
(a)
for applicants wishing to pursue their candidature by research and thesis, a 500 word summary of their proposed area of research; and
(b)
for applicants wishing to pursue their candidature by studio-based research and text, a portfolio providing evidence of the applicant’s knowledge and capability and a 500 word summary of their proposed area of research.

4 Degree requirements

(1)
Candidates proceeding by studio-based research and text must submit for examination:
(a)
a permanent record of the studio-based work (must be in the form of durable, portable visual, audio-visual, or other digital media); and
(b)
a research paper or text on the creative work.