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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 Degree of Doctor of Philosophy and University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011.

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 (mainly in the form of seminars) 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 four semesters for candidates holding a master's degree or equivalent, or six semesters in the case of candidates holding a bachelor's degree with first-class or second-class honours; the maximum period of candidature is normally eight semesters. 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. Normally the minimum period of candidature will be determined on the recommendation of the faculty but usually will not be less than the equivalent of six semesters.