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Doctor of Philosophy

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is a University degree governed by the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 (as amended). Candidates should be familiar with this Rule. The Academic Board Thesis and Examination of Higher Degrees by Research Policy and Procedure, and Progress Planning and Review for Higher Degree by Research Students Policy and Procedures 2015 are also relevant to this degree and can be accessed via the University Policy Register.

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 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. The first full year of candidature is normally on probation. The minimum period of candidature is three years. In the case of full-time candidates the maximum period of candidature is normally four years, and the maximum period of candidature for part-time candidatures is 8 years, although it should be noted that the maximum is dependent on the proportion of full-time and part-time enrolment.

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.