Research degrees are offered on a sponsored, scholarship, faculty part-sponsored or full-fee-paying basis. Contact a UTS Student Centre or the UTS: Graduate Research School for further details.
4 years full time or
8 years part time
The PhD is a University-wide degree which involves an intense period of supervised study and research, culminating in the submission of a thesis. The degree is awarded to candidates who, through original investigation, make a distinct and significant contribution to knowledge in their field of specialisation.
Research Training Scheme
The majority of domestic research degree students are funded through the Research Training Scheme (RTS). Through the RTS, the Australian Government provides a quota of tuition fee exempt places for postgraduate research places to recognised universities.
If you are granted an RTS place, you are not required to pay tuition fees. However, you can still expect to pay the ongoing costs of being part of an academic environment and conducting research. In addition to ongoing costs, you may also be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
In addition, research scholarships to the value of $35,000 are available to support living expenses for domestic students to study master's by research and doctoral programs at UTS.
Tuition fee calculations
Tuition fees and RTS load for postgraduate research degrees are charged pro-rata based on the number of days a student is enrolled in each research degree semester and whether the student is enrolled after the research census date.
Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$19,840 to A$34,080 per year. Tuition fees for postgraduate research degrees are charged pro-rata based on the number of days a student is enrolled in each research degree session and whether the student is enrolled after the research census date.
Tuition fees for international postgraduate research students can be found using fees search.
Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.
For this course, the cost per session for 2016 is $12570. The expected number of sessions are 8.
All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:
- Protocol on fees and refunds for international students - contains the fee and refund conditions for international students
- Tuition Protection Service - designed to ensure that students receive the tuition they have paid for
In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.
For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' tuition fees information page.
Course completion requirements
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Course structure explained
Candidates are required to complete a thesis, under the supervision of appropriate members of academic staff. A formal course of study or other work may also be prescribed.
Candidates are required to submit, in consultation with their supervisor(s), a progress report at the end of each session, and to complete a doctoral assessment and seminar.
Candidates are also invited to participate in other research activities.
The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study. Students can complete the course in less than the maximum time.
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.
The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.
Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.International students
Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.
Scholarships, prizes and awards
For Design, Architecture and Building students
Only for international students
For all domestic students
Only for Aboriginal Australian or Torres Strait Islander students
Prizes and awards
For Design, Architecture and Building students
UTS: HandbookSee the Doctor of Philosophy in the UTS: Handbook for comprehensive course details.
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