Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 15.9 k / Year(s)  
201–250 place StudyQA ranking:5970 Duration:4 years

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) provides candidates with the opportunity to pursue in-depth research in a specific field.  Candidates are expected to develop a research thesis that leads to an original and significant contribution to knowledge in that field.  This qualification provides a potential pathway to an academic career and is also highly regarded by public and private sector employers, including research institutes.

Candidates without sufficient previous research training are advised to enrol in the Master of Philosophy or the PhD (Integrated).

  • The normal full-time study pattern for Doctoral candidates requires enrolment in 48 credit points per year in accordance with the table below, for a minimum of 4 years. 
  • Potential candidates should discuss their research plan with the Head of Postgraduate Studies of the relevant School, at which time the supervision arrangements of the School will be outlined.
  • The research involved in producing a doctoral (PhD) dissertation involves a significant contribution to a field of knowledge. The thesis must be a minimum of 80,000 words and no longer than 100,000 words in length. 
  • An Honours bachelor degree in an appropriate discipline at Class II Division 2 or higher, or a Master of Philosophy with a strong performance in the minor or major thesis. 
  • All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:
  1. commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  2. contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  3. conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.
  • Level of English is required to gain admission. IELTS Academic 7.0, TOEFL (Internet-based) - 100.
  • All students are required to pay  Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of their student visa.  OSHC provides for medical and hospital cover for students and their dependants.Our preferred OSHC provider is BUPA. 

Student Services and Amenities Fee

The SAF is a compulsory charge, introduced following changes to Australian Government legislation, which funds improvements to facilities for students across a broad range of service areas, such as subsidised food outlets, childcare, student advocacy as well as sporting, recreational and cultural activities. 

All international students enrolled at UOW will be invoiced twice yearly for the amount determined each year.  The SAF 2016 fee is: 

  • Wollongong campus $290.00 per year
  • Sydney campus $145.00 per year
  • Wollongong Innovation Campus $145.00 per year
  • Other campuses in Australia $145.00 per year

Living Expenses

In addition to tuition fees, a single student living in Wollongong will require $10,000 to  $12,000 a year – depending on lifestyle – to cover accommodation, food, transport and other expenses including text books and study materials and entertainment.

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