Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree requires one of the following qualifications:

  • a completed undergraduate degree with Honours 2/1 or equivalent (for example at UNSW, this is graded as distinction level or 75%-plus)
  • a completed Masters by Research degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification that includes a substantial research component written up as an academic thesis, awarded at or above distinction level or equivalent
  • in exceptional circumstances, sufficient evidence of research experience that clearly demonstrates exceptional research skills and the ability to undertake the proposed research program.

Applications for PhDs by Research must be submitted online via Apply Online. Supporting documentation including transcripts, testamurs, portfolios, research proposal and proof of contact with your potential supervisor should be submitted at the same time through the online application system.

The following links will assist you in preparing your Postgraduate Research application:

You should determine your eligibility for the PhD program by filling out the UNSW HDR Self-Assessment Tool on the Graduate Research School web page.