Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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.

Graduates who hold the degree of:

  • Master of Veterinary Science
  • Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies
  • Master of Science in Veterinary Science or
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science with honours

may apply for admission as candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

Applicants not having an honours degree may be accepted as candidates after passing a qualifying examination.

Graduates of other universities may also be admitted as candidates provided that their qualifications satisfy the Academic Board of the University of Sydney.

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 two years for candidates holding a master's degree or equivalent, or three years in the case of those holding a bachelor's degree with first class or second class honours. The maximum period of candidature is normally five years.

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.

Normally the minimum period of candidature will be determined on the recommendation of the faculty but in any case will not be less than three years.

The maximum period of candidature is normally seven years.