You can apply to undertake a PhD or research masters at the University of Newcastle after completing an Australian honours degree

PhD and Research Masters degrees


Am I eligible?

An Australian honours degree with Class 1 or Class 2 division 1. For international students, a four 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 a Masters degree with a significant research component may also be considered.

The University assesses all applications on a case-by-case basis. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate meeting the University's English proficiency policy. The most common method of meeting this is an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and no subtest below 6.0. 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.

For further information on eligibility requirements please check the relevant schedule (below). 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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD is a 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. Candidates are expected to complete their degree within four years of full-time study or eight years of part-time study.

Master of Philosophy (Research Masters)

The Research Masters is a degree awarded for research that demonstrates a thorough understanding of the relevant techniques in the field, demonstrated both by application and an extensive review of the literature. Candidates are expected to complete their degree within two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.

Degree Rules

Read the Rules Governing Research Higher Degrees in the University Policy Library.

The associated PhD and Research Masters schedules are also available via our Policies, Rules and Guidelines page.