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Doctor of Philosophy

(PhD) KB000 or RPPHDMED1000

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is different from all the other degrees offered by the University as it is the only degree offered at the University level. The same regulations govern a PhD student whether the student is in fine arts, medicine, architecture or any other faculty.

The Rules governing the degree of Doctor of Philosophy are the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011) and the Thesis and Examination of Higher Degree by Research Policy 2015. The most recent versions of these rules can be found on the Policy Register

The Higher Degree by Research Rule must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to), the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015.

These rules are found in the Policy Register at

Major research areas include:

  • anaesthesia
  • anatomy and histology
  • cardiology
  • dermatology
  • endocrinology
  • gastroenterology and hepatology
  • general practice
  • geriatric medicine
  • haematology
  • infection and immunity
  • medical education
  • medical genetics
  • neurology
  • nuclear medicine
  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • oncology
  • clinical ophthalmology and eye health
  • paediatrics and child health
  • pathology
  • pharmacology
  • physiology
  • psychological medicine
  • public health
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • renal medicine
  • respiratory medicine
  • rheumatology
  • surgery.

Information about research options can be found on the Sydney Medical School website at:

Course information and application details can be found at: