University of Sydney Handbooks - 2013 Archive

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Postgraduate research

Students in research degrees in the Faculty of Science undertake supervised research leading to the writing of a thesis or other piece of written work.

Research master's

A research master's degree usually requires one to two years of full-time study or the equivalent of part-time study during which a candidate undertakes supervised research and a thesis, or in some cases coursework and an essay. The entry requirement is usually a bachelor's degree with first or second class honours or equivalent.

Doctor of Philosophy

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, but in no case is it a major component. Applicants should normally hold a master's degree or a bachelor's degree with first class honours. The usual minimum period of candidature is three years of full-time study, or the equivalent of part-time study.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements vary according to degree. Applicants must consult the individual admission requirements for each degree given in the relevant resolutions.

Degrees offered

The Faculty of Science offers the following postgraduate degrees, graduate diplomas and graduate certificates:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science DCP/MSc
  • Master of Science (MSc)

Rules covering research

The University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 and the Academic Board Postgraduate Degree of Doctor of Philosophy resolutions govern research in the faculty of Science.

The relevant Senate Resolutions are available in Policy Online at