48 months
38340 AUD/year
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The PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences from University of Technology Sydney is a University-wide degree which involves an intense period of supervised study and research, culminating in the submission of a thesis.     

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The PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences from University of Technology Sydney  is awarded to candidates who, through original investigation, make a distinct and significant contribution to knowledge in their field of specialisation.

All students are required to successfully complete the research training coursework subject which will develop their research knowledge and skills.


This research degree is undertaken wholly by thesis. A PhD thesis is normally a work of 80,000–100,000 words.

Non-traditional thesis: While the doctoral thesis is normally written in dissertation style, candidates may, if they wish, illustrate their argument by also submitting creative work. The non-traditional material is considered a minor component of the thesis and is equivalent to a maximum of 30,000 words. Applicants should contact the research degrees administrator for further information about non-traditional formats for thesis presentation.


This research degree is especially valuable for those wishing to pursue an academic career, a career in research or an advanced level of professional practice.

Programme Structure

  • The Doctor of Philosophy is structured in three phases. Phase 1 involves the development of a number of advanced research skills and capabilities. At the beginning of the program, each student negotiates a doctoral study plan with their supervisor. This plan makes explicit the kinds of support each student requires. 
  • In Phase 2, students develop their individual program of research, and their progress to enter Phase 3 is assessed at the end of Phase 2. 
  • In Phase 3 candidates engage in the preparation and submission of a major thesis, which makes a sustained contribution to knowledge in their field of inquiry.
  • Research and development activities are provided throughout the three phases to assist students to develop the capabilities of a successful doctoral graduate. Candidates are expected to attend all relevant activities throughout their candidature.   

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS: 032320G   

  • Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.
  • Selection criteria also include the quality of the research proposal, the faculty's ability to offer appropriate supervision in the applicant's chosen field, and, where necessary, demonstration of generic technical skills.
  • English proficiency requirement is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    38340 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19170 AUD per semester during 48 months.
  • For this course, the cost per session is $19,170. 

Living costs for Sydney

1882 - 3547 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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