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Studying for a PhD at C2IM

The general information below is a summary of pertinent detail of doing a PhD within C2IM at The University of Newcastle. The full detail of the rules for PhD students can be found at the main University webpage for research higher degrees. See the university prospectus for an overview of studying at Newcastle. This University website is the definitive source of information. A number of scholarships are available for study at C2IM which are briefly outlined below. Details of specific projects that are available for the next academic year are listed at the bottom of the page.

A PhD is a period (typically 3-4 years) of concentrated activity on a novel topic of research. There is no coursework requirement though students are free to sit-in on courses if they desire. Students are normally admitted to work with a specific supervisor. Students for a PhD are admitted to a Masters program and then within 12 months they present a PhD proposal to a PhD committee. If the proposal is deemed by the committee to be adequate then the student's enrolment (and scholarship if applicable) is upgraded to PhD status. The PhD committee consists of the student's supervisor, 2 other members of academic staff who have expertise in the area of research and a representative of the Head of Department. At the conclusion of the research a thesis is submitted which is then examined externally. After the examination (which normally takes 3-6 months) and when any corrections requested by the examiners are addressed to the satisfaction of the University the students is awarded a PhD.

Note that the scholarship application deadlines for the following academic year are (1) foreign students:  end of September, and (3) Australian students: end of October. Sometimes there is a mid-year scholarship round but this varies from year to year. Contact the scholarships office to find the exact date for this year.

If you don't need a scholarship (e.g. you have a scholarship from your home country government) then the application deadline for admission to the University PhD program is early January for Semester 1 and early June for  Semester 2. Contact the scholarships office to find the exact date for this year.

General Information for Non-Australian Applicants

See the university prospectus for an overview of study at Newcastle. If you have Permanent Residence you are considered an Australian applicant.

Non Australian students are required by the Australian Government to pay foreign student fees, which vary from year  to year but are substantial. Accordingly most of our foreign students are on scholarships. A range of scholarships are available. In general these scholarships are tax-free. Some of these scholarships fund both the foreign student fees and a stipend to cover living expenses, while others cover only the foreign student fees. More information can be found at the Research Higher Degrees scholarships webpage. For those scholarships that only cover foreign student fees, a living expenses stipend may be available as part of a funded PhD project (see the list of projects for the next academic year at the bottom of this page). In this case the stipend will need to be arranged separately with the holder of that project.

For students whose previous degrees were not taught in English you will need to provide evidence of English proficiency. Either of IELTS or TOEFL results less than 2 years old are acceptable (details here). For those students applying for scholarships it is important to note that that these results must be submitted by the scholarship application deadline otherwise the scholarship application will not be considered by the University. The University applies this deadline strictly and we have had incidents in the past where otherwise well qualified applicaticants have been disqualified because they misjudged how long it would take to get the results of English testing (allow at least 2 months). For those not applying for scholarships the requirements are less strict but you may be required to do English courses once you arrive as a condition of your candidature.

General Information for Australian Applicants

See the university prospectus for an overview of study at Newcastle. Australian applicants are defined as anybody with Australian citizenship or Australian Permanent Residence. Australian applicants are not eligible for foreign student scholarships.

The University of Newcastle provides a HECS waiver for all students admitted to study for a PhD. In addition, a range of living expenses scholarships are available. In general these scholarships are tax-free. More information can be found at the Research Higher Degrees scholarships webpage. In addition to these University wide scholarships living expenses 
scholarships may be available as part of a funded PhD project (see the list of projects for the next academic year at the bottom of this page). In this case the scholarships will need to be arranged directly with the holder of that project.


Past PhD opportunities

  

Current PhD opportunities