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Doctor of Philosophy

From 2014 the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) will be a 3 year degree (with a possible additional 6 month probationary period for candidates requiring additional research experience).

A PhD is awarded for research that demonstrates that the candidate has the capacity to:

  • conduct research independently,
  • form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject, and
  • to afford evidence of coherence and originality.

This is shown either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power.

A PhD degree requires the completion of a thesis, with a maximum length of 70,000 - 100,000 words.

A candidates program of study will be supervised by an eligible academic staff member. We also encourage co-tutelle and joint PhD enrolments with overseas partner institutions.

Benefits of our Doctor of Philosophy program

PhD candidates receive up to $8,000 for project support over their candidature time. This funding assists with costs relating to:

  • fieldwork,
  • research visits,
  • conferences, and
  • data sets.

The faculty research project support also includes funding:

  • $1,200 for copy editing, and
  • $500 for thesis printing & binding.

PhD candidates can also apply for a competitive funding opportunity $5,000 through the Macquarie Postgraduate Research Fund.

In addition to faculty funding, there are university-wide scholarships available, including:

  • Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) 
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) for international candidates 

PhD graduates find employment opportunities in:

  • academia
  • government
  • financial institutions
  • management and senior research positions in various industries, as well as in organisations that set national and international research agendas, norms and standards, articulate evidence-based policy options, and monitor trends

Entry requirements

Refer to the Higher Degree Research Office website

Facilities for the completion of PhD degrees by research are available in all Departments.

Length of Candidature

The minimum period of candidature is two years and the maximum period is three years for full-time candidates and six years for part-time candidates. Extensions may be granted in special circumstances. Part-time candidates must be able to spend on average throughout the year at least 20 hours a week on a program of research and advanced study and attend the University on an average of at least once a week for consultation with their supervisors.

Fees and costs

For fee information please visit the university HDR website.

More Information

  • To find an available research supervisor please lodge an Expression of Interest in PhD study
  • Don't qualify for entry into the PhD program? Find out about our pathway program!