Research degrees


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Ranked in the top 250 of the world’s universities1, the University of Newcastle, Australia, is a leader in university education, with a reputation for high quality teaching and learning, and exciting, contemporary academic programs. Students have access to researchers who are leaders in their field, and graduate ready to make an impact across the globe.

The University of Newcastle is proud of its international student body. Of the 40,000 students enrolled in the university, over 7,000 originate from over 100 countries outside Australia. Studying at UON gives you not only the skills and networks to shape your future, but the global outlook necessary for today’s world. We also offer international students a range of support services and cultural programs tailored to their needs through our dedicated UON Global team.

PHD and Research Masters Degrees are available for international students at all major campuses, including our two main locations, Newcastle Campus (Callaghan) and Newcastle City Precinct. Here, you can experience one of Australia’s most beloved coastal cities. You can also study in our new Sydney Campus, placing you in the heart of Australia’s busiest business hub, or in the tranquil environment of our Central Coast Campus.


PHD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

International students require a four-year bachelor degree, including a significant research training component attained at a high standard. 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.

It is also recommended that applicants discuss their qualifications with a prospective supervisor. The advice of a prospective supervisor can be considered in the determination of acceptance.


WHAT IF I DO NO NOT MEET THE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY?

The University of Newcastle Language Centre is an award-winning leader in teaching English language (ELICOS). With locations in both Newcastle and Sydney, students are offered 25 hours of class time per week, and can take part in an incredible student experience program that provides cultural experience alongside daily and academic language skills.


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APPLYING

STEP ONE: FIND A SUPERVISOR

All candidates require a supervisor. It is highly recommended you find an appropriate supervisor before submitting your application. Scholarship applicants who have found a supervisor will be prioritised.

Find a supervisor here

STEP TWO: WRITE A RESEARCH PROPOSAL

You are required to submit a research proposal which is a clear statement describing your proposed area of research. Consultation with an academic staff member in your area of research interest is advised.

Download the research proposal template here

STEP THREE: FIND A RESEARCH DEGREE

Find the right degree for your research as either:

PhD Degrees

Research Master Degree

STEP FOUR: SUBMIT APPLICATION

Apply online using our Online Direct Admissions tool. If you’re an existing user login here


GOT A QUESTION?

Our friendly international support staff can answer any question you have, no matter how big or small. You can fill out our simple enquiry web form, email international@newcastle.edu.au or phone +61 2 4921 6595