Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The PhD is the basic qualification for a research career or academic position. The PhD involves three - four years of research for a full-time candidate or the equivalent in half-time candidature. In the course of completing the degree under appropriate supervision, candidates develop the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality and make a significant original contribution to knowledge in their chosen discipline.
The candidate completes an approved program of study and research under supervision and presents a thesis embodying the results of original investigation.
A PhD thesis at the University of Adelaide may be prepared in one of the following formats:
- Conventional written narrative presented as typescript
- Publication - A thesis by publication may include publications that have been published and/or accepted and/or submitted for publication and/or unpublished and unsubmitted work written in a manuscript style
- Combination of conventional and publication formats;
- Major (creative, musical or visual) work (Volume 1) and exegesis (Volume 2)
Irrespective of the form of thesis presented, examiners will be looking for a candidate to:
- produce a clearly, accurately and cogently written thesis that is suitably illustrated and documented;
- demonstrate a deep knowledge of the research topic;
- relate the research topic to the broader frame-work of the discipline within which it falls;
- demonstrate an independence of thought and approach; and
- make a significant and original contribution to knowledge by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories, or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas.