With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.
- A four-year honours bachelor degree, or a professional degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field of study.
- A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% in the last two years of undergraduate study (i.e. 60 credit units of course work).
- Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research.
- Evidence of English proficiency.
Students must maintain continuous registration in the 996 course.
- GPS 960.0
- GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
- GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects
- At least 9 credit units of course work at the graduate level must be successfully completed in the first year of the program.
- Within the first year of the program, successfully complete a Ph.D. Qualifying Examination that is at least as rigorous as the defence for a Master’s thesis in the program area.
- A minimum of 12 credit units
- HSC 990
- HSC 996
- Pass a comprehensive examination, after completing the required course work, and prior to focusing on the research and doctoral thesis.
- Write and successfully defend a thesis based on original investigation.