Admission Requirements

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.

Degree Requirements

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.