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    We are one of the world’s top research universities and a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight network and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

    The Doctor of Social Sciences (DSocSci) is a professional doctorate which is designed to respond to the rapid changes taking place in professional workplaces that create demands on industry professionals to upgrade their qualifications.

    The degree involves units of coursework training and a thesis of 50,000-80,000 words, for candidates not also submitting a significant creative project, or a thesis of 20,000-30,000 words for candidates also submitting a significant creative project.

    The DSocSci differs from a PhD. The thesis component may have a tighter word limit than a PhD thesis, and it should be focused on questions of professional practice, such as policy analysis and advice in the case of the social sciences, or critical exegesis in the case of theses accompanying creative works.

    The exact nature of the significant creative project will be determined by the disciplinary norms of the department through which a student is enrolled. Applicants must discuss their proposed significant creative projects with the department to ensure that the department has the relevant expertise to supervise the projects.

    Examples of significant creative projects include novels, biographies and memoirs, sets of short stories, poetic works, plays and other performance scripts, performed pieces, audio and/or video works, documentaries, collections of feature articles, and documented interventions in public debates, such as submissions, reports and major essays.


    This professional doctorate will allow you to pursue a higher degree of rigorous scholarship while advancing your professional practice as a journalist, creative writer, anthropologist, linguist, policy adviser or manager, among other areas.

    This degree will enable you to become more aware of the changing environment of your professional practice and developments within your field, and increase your knowledge of research and analytical techniques. You will develop sophisticated intellectual and practical skills that are in high demand.


    1. To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Dean or Associate Dean, an applicant must:

    Hold or have completed the requirements for:

    • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution, with first or second class honours, in a relevant subject area; or
    • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution, in a relevant subject area, with a substantial portfolio of published/professional work (such as books, films, TV programs, creative work and/or government reports) equivalent to or greater than an undergraduate honours thesis; or
    • a master's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution, in a relevant subject area; and

    Have a minimum of five years' recent, full-time employment or professional experience in a relevant field.

    2. The Dean or Associate Dean may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet the requirements of sub-clause (1), provided that the applicant holds a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the Dean or Associate Dean, are equivalent to those prescribed in sub-clause (1).

    To apply for a research degree, you may be expected to contact the appropriate faculty  with an expression of interest before submitting a formal application. When you submit a formal application online, you will be required to upload some or all of the following documents electronically with your application:

    1. a certified academic transcript or transcripts for your previous study, if they were not completed at The University of Sydney;
    2. a CV, providing a summary of your work experience and other relevant activities;
    3. up to two academic references;
    4. a research proposal;
    5. a one page cover letter outlining your reasons for applying;
    6. proof of your Australian residency status (a certified copy of the main page your Australian passport, or a certified copy of the main page(s) of your own passport with evidence of your visa);
    7. English language qualifications (if your prior study was completed at an institution where English is not the medium of instruction).

    Some courses have further, specific admission requirements, including other documentation or the submission of a portfolio of work, and/or an interview as part of the application process - see Additional application requirements


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