Doctor of Philosophy

Admission requirements | Supervision | Time limits | Reviews

UAC Code GB000

This is a research degree awarded for a thesis considered to be a substantial and original contribution to knowledge within the discipline. The length of the doctoral thesis varies but would not be expected to exceed 80,000 words. Some coursework in research techniques may be required but in no case is this a major component of the degree.

Research workshops are run at the beginning of Semester 1 and the end of Semester 2 and you are strongly encouraged to attend. A variety of guest speakers with expertise in a range of research areas will present during these workshops.

You are required to present your work to your peers at least once per full-time equivalent year of your candidature, in research forums. PhD students are required to complete a period of probationary candidature in accordance with the degree resolutions and also undergo an annual progress review and interview.

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Admission requirements

You should hold a bachelor’s degree with first or upper second-class honours or a master's degree with a significant research component.

If you intend to APPLY ONLINE for candidature you must upload a detailed research proposal with your online application. Guides on how to apply for domestic and international students can be found here:

Domestic Applicants
International Applicants


PhD students are expected to work independently with guidance from a primary supervisor and one or more associate supervisors on a research program or project that will make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge within the disciplines of nursing and midwifery.

Time limits

Candidates can proceed on a full- or part-time basis. The normal maximum length of candidature would be four years full time and eight years part time.


If you are enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy you are required to have an annual review/interview regarding your progress.

This review will provide you with the opportunity to discuss any difficulties you may be experiencing as part of your candidature, or with any aspect of your research. This could cover issues related to time-management, difficulties with data collection or analysis, the supervisory relationship or School support and infrastructure.

It is important to check your University of Sydney email account regularly, as this is the channel of communication from Sydney Nursing School with regard to possible changes to the timetable.