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 University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 and the Academic Board Thesis and Examination of Higher Degrees by Research Policy and Thesis and Examination of Higher Degrees by Research Procedures, that are available via the University of Sydney's Policy Register.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is a research degree awarded for a thesis considered to be a substantially original contribution to the subject concerned. Some coursework may be required but in no case is it a major component.

Applicants should normally hold a master's degree with research or a bachelor's degree with first or high second-class honours of the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification from another university or institution.

The degree may be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis. In the case of full-time candidates, the minimum period of candidature is six semesters and the maximum period of candidature is normally eight semesters for full-time candidates. The first full year of candidature is normally on probation.

Part-time candidature may be approved for applicants who can demonstrate that they are engaged in an occupation or other activity which leaves them substantially free to pursue their candidature for the degree. They should be able to devote at least 20 hours per week to candidature or an equivalent annual period made up in blocks. The minimum period of candidature will be six semesters and the maximum period of candidature is normally sixteen semesters for part-time candidates.