University of Technology Sydney

C02041v4 Doctor of Philosophy

Award(s): Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
CRICOS code: 015943G
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus


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

From Spring Session 2020 students will be admitted into C02069 Doctor of Philosophy

There are no changes for students currently admitted to this course.

Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


The Doctor of Philosophy is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to pursue a career in research or academic life. In this program, candidates embark on high-level research in one of the areas of research strength within UTS: Education.

All students are required to successfully complete the research training coursework subject 51913 Academic Research Practice which will develop their research knowledge and skills.

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

Students are required to enrol in person and meet Phase 1 and 2 assessment requirements.

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

The Doctor of Philosophy is undertaken wholly by thesis. A doctoral thesis is normally a work of 80,000–100,000 words. Candidates are expected to attend research activities offered by the faculty and school to develop their knowledge and skills in research.

The research degree 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, students negotiate 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 readiness 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.

Course completion requirements

019982 PhD Thesis: Education 

Other information

Further information is available from the research degrees administrator:

Lenka Pondelickova
telephone + 61 2 9514 4728