You can apply to undertake a research degree at the University of Newcastle after completing an Australian honours degree or equivalent prior research training

Australian future students

Eligibility

Am I eligible?

You can apply to undertake a research degree at the University of Newcastle after completing an Australian honours degree or equivalent prior research training.

For international students, a 4-year bachelor degree including a significant research training component attained at a high standard, is commonly considered equivalent to an Australian honours degree. Additional postgraduate research training such as that provided by a masters degree may also be considered.

The University assesses all applications on a case-by-case basis. In addition to academic eligibility, offers of admission are made dependent upon there being appropriate supervisory capacity to oversee the proposed research and resources to support it.

Choosing the right research degree

We offer two research degree options at the University of Newcastle. Carefully consider which degree will work best for you.


 

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an ungraded degree awarded for research that demonstrates that the candidate has the capacity to conduct research independently with a high level of originality and quality.

A PhD should uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement is, in most cases, a relevant Australian bachelor degree with honours class 1 or 2/1 or equivalent qualification. For international students, a 4-year bachelor degree including a research training component attained at a high standard, is commonly considered equivalent to an Australian honours degree.

For students with international qualifications, equivalence is considered by reference to an assessment service provided by the Australian government. Determinations are however made on a case-by-case basis by representatives of the School and Faculty to which the student has applied for admission.

For further information on eligibility requirements please check the relevant schedule. It is also recommended that applicants discuss their qualifications with a prospective supervisor. The advice of a prospective supervisor is often influential, though not conclusive, in the determination made by School and Faculty representatives.

Master of Philosophy

The degree of Master of Philosophy (M Phil) is an ungraded degree awarded for research that demonstrates a thorough understanding of the relevant techniques in the field demonstrated both by application and a thorough review of the literature.

Candidates of a research masters are required to demonstrate:

  • Competence in a chosen field through judicious selection and application of methods to yield fruitful results.
  • A capacity to evaluate results critically and present well written work.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement is a relevant bachelor degree or equivalent qualification completed at a standard deemed appropriate by the School and Faculty to which the student has applied.

For students with international qualifications, equivalence is considered by reference to an assessment service provided by the Australian Government. Determinations are however made on a case-by-case basis by representatives of the School and Faculty to which the student has applied for admission.

For further information on eligibility requirements please check the relevant schedule. It is also recommended that applicants discuss their qualifications with a prospective supervisor.  The advice of a prospective supervisor is often influential, though not conclusive, in the determination made by School and Faculty representatives.

International students must meet the University's English Language Proficiency requirements.