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C02019v3 Doctor of Philosophy

Award(s): Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
CRICOS code: 014627E
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Notes

Research degrees are offered on a sponsored or full-fee-paying basis. Contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the UTS: Graduate Research School for further details.


Overview
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information

Overview

The PhD is a University-wide degree which involves an intense period of supervised study and research, culminating in the submission of a thesis. The degree is awarded to candidates who, through original investigation, make a distinct and significant contribution to knowledge in their field of specialisation.

Career options

This research degree is especially valuable for those wishing to pursue an academic career, a career in research or an advanced level of professional practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

Selection criteria also include the quality of the research proposal, the faculty's ability to offer appropriate supervision in the applicant's chosen field, and, where necessary, demonstration of generic technical skills.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.

Course structure

This research degree is undertaken wholly by thesis. A PhD thesis is normally a work of 80,000–100,000 words.

Non-traditional thesis: While the doctoral thesis is normally written in dissertation style, candidates may, if they wish, illustrate their argument by also submitting creative work. The non-traditional material is considered a minor component of the thesis and is equivalent to a maximum of 30,000 words. Applicants should contact the research degrees administrator for further information about non-traditional formats for thesis presentation.

The Doctor of Philosophy is structured in three phases. Phase 1 involves the development of a number of advanced research skills and capabilities. At the beginning of the program, each student negotiates a doctoral study plan with their supervisor. This plan makes explicit the kinds of support each student requires. A formal doctoral assessment is undertaken at the end of Phase 1 in which the candidates present a full proposal for assessment, which is a prerequisite for entering Phase 2.

In Phase 2, students develop their individual program of research, and their progress to enter Phase 3 is assessed at the end of Phase 2.

In Phase 3 candidates engage in the preparation and submission of a major thesis, which makes a sustained contribution to knowledge in their field of inquiry.

Research and development activities are provided throughout the three phases to assist students to develop the capabilities of a successful doctoral graduate. Candidates are expected to attend all relevant activities throughout their candidature.

Course completion requirements

51991 PhD Thesis: Humanities and Social Sciences 

Other information

Further information is available from the research degrees administrator:

telephone + 61 2 9514 4512
email
FASS.FRO@uts.edu.au