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Doctorate Students

Please note. This content is from the 2018 Research Student Handbook and should only be used as a guide. Please refer to the 2019 Research Student Handbook PDF for current information.

Admission to doctoral candidature is normally granted on the basis of a relevant bachelor's degree with at least a second class honours (upper division) or a relevant master's degree that contains a significant research component (normally at least 15 University of Adelaide credit points of research or equivalent, with at least 12 units attributed to dissertation).

Coursework degrees that do not contain a significant research component are not acceptable for the purposes of admission to a PhD.

In some circumstances, the Dean of Graduate Studies may deem that other educational and research backgrounds are equivalent to honours for the purposes of admission.

If you are seeking entry based on alternative qualifications, the key consideration will be that you have undertaken significant research training, leading to the production of a substantial written report such as a thesis or publication(s).

If you have entry qualifications that are insufficient for direct entry into a Doctoral program, in some cases it may be possible for you to enrol in a Master of Philosophy and, subject to satisfactory progress and the approval of the Research Education and Development Committee, to upgrade to doctoral candidature following completion of your first 18 months of study.


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