University of Technology Sydney

C02070v1 Doctor of Philosophy

Award(s): Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
CRICOS code: 102186C
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Notes

Research degrees are offered on a sponsored or full-fee-paying basis. Contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the UTS Graduate Research School for further details.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information

Overview

The PhD is a University-wide degree which involves an intense period of supervised study and research, culminating in the submission of a thesis. The degree is awarded to candidates who, through original investigation, make a distinct and significant contribution to knowledge in their field of specialisation including for creative or professional practice.

All students are required to successfully complete the research training coursework subject 51913 Academic Research Practice which will develop their research knowledge and skills.

Career options

This research degree is especially valuable for those wishing to pursue an academic career, a career in research or an advanced level of creative or professional practice.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

2.1 Develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge, including for creative or professional practice
2.2 Apply critical and creative thinking to identify major research issues
2.3 Critically reflect, synthesise and evaluate academic literature
2.4 Generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to knowledge, including for creative or professional practice
4.1 Consider the implications of research in relation to Indigenous peoples and communities in Australia and global contexts, where relevant
5.1 Conduct research ethically and rigorously
6.1 Disseminate and promote new insights effectively to scholarly, industry and community audiences, as relevant

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

Selection criteria also include: research outputs/achievements including professional/creative practice, academic/industry/professional esteem, quality of the research proposal and the Faculty's ability to offer appropriate supervision in the applicant's chosen field.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.

Course structure

Candidates are required to submit a thesis that demonstrates a body of research at the quality and level required for a Doctor of Philosophy. A conventional thesis is a work of approximately 80,000 to 90,000 words. Candidates may elect to complete a thesis that includes non-traditional research artefacts, such as a creative work, exhibition, performance, or portfolio of creative or professional work relevant to the practice/field with an accompanying written dissertation or exegesis of approximately 30,000 to 50,000 words. Ranges indicated do not include the abstract, appendices or references.

Candidates are required to submit, in consultation with their supervisor(s), an Annual Review of Progress and undertake Stage Assessments as part of the Faculty's three-stage program. In the first stage, candidates must complete a formal assessment to confirm their candidature. In the second stage, a progress confirmation assessment to ensure their progress is consistent with completion of the research program within the prescribed time and demonstrates potential to complete the work to standard. Candidates are required to complete a third stage in order to confirm readiness to submit their thesis for examination.

As part of this course students must also complete the research training subject 51913 Academic Research Practice.

Course completion requirements

51913 Academic Research Practice 
Select one of the following: 
51915 PhD Thesis: Communication 
979114 PhD Thesis: International 

Other information

Further information is available from the HDR Administrative Coordinator: email FASS.FRO@uts.edu.au