University of Sydney Handbooks - 2012 Archive

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Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is different from all the other degrees offered by the University as it is the only degree offered at the University level, with the same regulations governing a PhD student whether the student is in fine arts, medicine or architecture.

The Rules governing the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011) are found in Policy Online

The HDR must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to), the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. These rules are found in Policy Online at

Major research areas include:

  • anaesthesia
  • anatomy and histology
  • cardiology
  • dermatology
  • endocrinology
  • gastroenterology and hepatology
  • general practice
  • geriatric medicine
  • haematology
  • infection and immunity
  • medical education
  • medical genetics
  • neurology
  • nuclear medicine
  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • oncology
  • clinical ophthalmology and eye health
  • paediatrics and child health
  • pathology
  • pharmacology
  • physiology
  • psychological medicine
  • public health
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • renal medicine
  • respiratory medicine
  • rheumatology
  • surgery.

Information about the application and enrolment process can be found on the Sydney Medical School website at: