Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Education and Social Work)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a degree completed entirely by research. Students undertaking this degree will work with an allotted supervisor and an associate supervisor. The degree is available in both full-time and part-time modes. Full-time candidature is normally three to four years of study, while part-time candidates can take up to eight years.

Course Convenor

Associate Professor Ruth Phillips
Phone 02 9351 6899
Room 741, Education Building, A35
Email

Direct entry

Direct entry candidates may be required to attend lectures, or enrol in units of study subject to the supervisor's and nominated faculty officer's approval.

Applicants may qualify if their research proposal is accepted and they satisfy one of the criteria listed below:

  • a bachelor's degree with first or second-class honours in an appropriate area of study that includes a research thesis based on primary data, not a literature review
  • a master's degree by research in an appropriate area of study that includes a research thesis that draws on primary data
  • a master's degree by coursework with a 12,000 to 15,000 words research thesis or dissertation that draws on primary data, not a literature review, with a grade point average of at least 80 percent in the degree.

Conditions of candidature

PhD candidates are required to complete a probationary year and to produce an extended thesis proposal (10,000 to 12,000 words) at the end of their first year of full-time or the part-time equivalent candidature. The normal length of a PhD thesis is approximately 80,000 words. Examination is by presentation of the thesis.

The Rules governing the degree of Doctor of Philosophy are the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 and the Thesis and Examination of Higher Degree by Research Policy 2015.

The most recent versions of these rules are found on the Policy Register sydney.edu.au/policies.

Pathway A entry

Pathway A entry is open to applicants whose research proposal is accepted and who satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • a bachelor's degree with first or second-class honours in an appropriate area of study, but which did not include a research thesis, or
  • a master's degree by coursework (with no thesis or dissertation component) with a grade point average of at least 75 percent and an amount of scholarly writing and/or research expertise which, in the opinion of the admissions committee, is equivalent to a master's research thesis. Copies of these must be submitted with the application.

Pathway A conditions

Pathway A candidates are required to complete one core unit of study and at least one other elective unit from the units of study list below:

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Pathway A

Core units - Education

EDPZ5003
Thesis Proposal Writing
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1

Core units - Social Work

SCWK6902
Social Research
6      Semester 1
Semester 2

Elective units

EDPK5001
Qualitative Methods
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPK5002
Quantitative Methods

This unit of study is not available in 2018

6      Semester 1