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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – RPPHDHEA2000

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 Thesis and Examination of Higher Degree by Research Policy 2015 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.

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 six semesters; the maximum period of candidature is normally eight semesters.

The first full year of candidature is probationary. In the probationary period each candidate must complete any prescribed conditions as set by the University, Faculty and supervisory team.

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.