Undertake in-depth research in an area you're passionate about with the guidance of some of the world’s brightest and most accomplished academics.
Whether your interests lie in the humanities, social sciences, cutting-edge education or contemporary art, undertaking postgraduate research is a valuable way to deepen your knowledge of our complex, contemporary world.
Diversity is one of the strengths of our postgraduate research degrees: in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences we conduct research in more than 50 departments and centres spread across six schools. You will have the opportunity to work alongside distinguished researchers including in centres such as our flagship Sydney Social Sciences Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC) and access our high-calibre facilities in a supportive environment.
A higher degree by research will open up a new world of ideas and possibilities, deepen your insights, and develop your capacities for practical application in your current career or equip you to carve out a new one.
Applications for 2020 commencement are welcomed from students wishing to pursue a PhD in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Due to the realignment of the Faculty and to better represent our multidisciplinary research across our diverse range of discipline areas (e.g. Arts, Social Sciences, Education, Social Work, Visual Arts) we are changing our administrative processes so that Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates commencing from 2020 will be enrolled through a single PhD pathway.
From 2020 the doctoral programs of Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Soc Sci), Doctor of Philosophy (Education), Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work) and Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts) will delivered under one new central name and course code, Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Social Sciences).
We will continue to offer the same world-class research opportunities and encourages appropriately qualified applicants to apply. All other arrangements for PhD study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, such as supervision and progression, will remain the same.
2020 applications are currently being accepted – please visit our Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Social Sciences) course page for more information and to apply.
The University currently aims to issue offers for 2020 commencement in Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Social Sciences) from July 2019. Please note that if you apply for an offer to commence a PhD from 2020, it is an application for the new degree name and code, the Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Social Sciences).
There is no change for students who commenced their course in, or prior to, 2019.
From 2020, tuition fees for students enrolled in doctoral study in Arts and Social Sciences will be raised in line with the fees for doctoral studies in Education and Social Work.
As a guide, the international fees for 2019 in PhD (Education) and PhD (Social Work) are $40,000 per year (please note this is indicative only for 2019 and is subject to annual increase). Tuition fees for domestic students undertaking a PhD at the University of Sydney are usually funded by the Australian Government through an RTP Tuition Fee Offset.
Full 2020 fee information will be available on our courses site when finalised.
*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018