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

Eligibility

Am I eligible?

The University assesses all applications on a case-by-case basis.

An applicant for admission to candidature for a Doctoral Degree (Research) shall:

i) have satisfied all of the requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor with Honours Class 1 or Honours Class II, Division 1 or any other degree approved for this purpose by the Assistant Dean (Research Training); or

ii) have satisfied all of the requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor in the University or any other degree approved for this purpose by the Assistant Dean (Research Training), and have achieved by subsequent work and study a standard recognised by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) as equivalent to at least Honours Class II, Division 1; or

iii) in exceptional cases submit evidence of possessing such other academic or professional qualifications and/or experience as may be approved by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on the recommendation of the relevant School; or

iv) in the disciplines of education, medical physics, nursing, social work, social sciences and surgery have completed a minimum standard of professional experience as required by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on the recommendation of the School; 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; and

In addition, the English language proficiency requirements as described in the English Language Policy.

An applicant for admission to candidature for a Master of Philosophy (Research) shall:

i) all of the requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor with Honours Class 1 or Honours Class II, Division 1 or any other degree approved for this purpose by the Assistant Dean (Research Training); or

ii) all the requirements for admission to a degree of Bachelor in the University or another degree approved for this purpose by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on the recommendation of the relevant School; or

iii) in exceptional cases produce evidence of possessing such other academic or professional qualifications and/or experience as may be approved by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on the recommendation of the relevant Head of School; or

iv) in the disciplines of education, medical physics, nursing, social work, social sciences and surgery have completed a minimum standard of professional experience as required by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on the recommendation of the School; and

In addition, the English language proficiency requirements as described in the English Language Policy.


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.