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    The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program involves preparing a thesis that will make a substantial and original contribution to the specific subject area.

    The Faculty of Engineering focuses on multidisciplinary research centered on various key themes:

    • complex systems;
    • data science and computer engineering;
    • energy, resources and the environment;
    • food products, process and supply chain;
    • healthcare engineering;
    • infrastructure and transport;
    • internet of things; and
    • robotics and intelligent systems.

    This degree is awarded if your thesis is considered to be a substantial and original contribution to the subject concerned.


    You must have completed the equivalent of one of the following in an area related to your proposed research:

    • bachelor's degree with first class honours (or equivalent), 
    • master's degree by research, 
    • master's degree by coursework with an independent research component such as a thesis, dissertation or research project with a minimum overall distinction average. 
    • an equivalent qualification that demonstrates research experience, excellence and capability.

    Applicants who do not meet these admission requirements may be issued an offer of a place in the Master of Philosophy (Engineering).

    Transfer from Master of Philosophy (Engineering)

    Transfer from Master of Philosophy (Engineering)


    Outstanding candidates who successfully complete up to one year full-time or equivalent part-time of the University of Sydney's Master of Philosophy (Engineering) may apply for transfer into the Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) and receive credit for work completed:

    • with approval from the Supervisor and School,
    • meeting all Higher Degree by Research progression requirements,
    • providing evidence that their research is of a sufficient scope and depth to sustain a doctoral thesis.

    Applying for admission

    Before you apply Make sure you have read the requirements for a research application and are in possession of all required documentation.

    1. Find a supervisor within the University whose academic background aligns with your research.
    2. Contact a research supervisor either through Research Supervisor Connect or email and provide:
      • your academic/educational background and research experience with examples such as an academic transcript - your CV/resume
      • the area of interest for your PhD 
      • why you believe your research topics align with this supervisor 
    3. In conjunction with your supervisor, develop a preliminary research proposal up to 2000 words that outlines the subject area, objectives and significance of your research.
    4. International applicants need to obtain two academic referee reports, each one written by a referee who is familiar with your previous academic achievements. You may upload letters of reference or complete our template .
    5. If you intend to study part-time towards a PhD, you will also need to supply:
      • evidence that shows you will have sufficient time available to plan and carry out the research under the supervision of the University, and complete the course within the maximum period allowed for a part-time PhD enrolment
      • a declaration from your employer (if relevant) confirming that you will be permitted to take the time required to effectively pursue your studies. 
    6. Your research proposal should be submitted along with your CV, academic referee reports, academic transcripts and other supporting documents. 
    7. Applications are made via the University online.

    IELTS 6.5  – no band below 6.0


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