Psychology - Ph.D.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree encourages initiative and originality in research.
Students will make a significant contribution to knowledge in their field and will be competent to carry out research in their chosen area. The PhD degree is recognised in every country in the world and signals the culmination of a successful research training experience. Students conduct a research project designed to provide “an original and significant contribution to knowledge” within a domain of psychology and present this research and its theoretical and empirical background and implications in a thesis of no more than 100,000 words. Examination of the thesis is carried out by external examiners from elsewhere in Australia or overseas with acknowledged expertise in the research area involved.
The recommended length of enrolment for a full-time PhD student is 3 years (6 semesters) and candidates are expected to present their thesis for examination no later than 4 years (8 semesters) from the commencement of their enrolment. Options do exist for part-time enrolment and for a certain amount of external study towards this degree, subject to approval.
Additional selection criteria:
• A candidate for the degree shall have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor with Honours from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Research Committee of the appropriate Faculty.
• Candidates may be admitted to the PhD program after one year’s full-time enrolment in a Masters by Research program, with the approval of the Faculty Postgraduate Affairs Committee.
• In exceptional cases an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic and professional qualifications as may be approved by the Committee may be permitted to enrol for the degree.