You can apply for admission into our doctoral programs at any time. Applications are open to both domestic and international applicants.
If you are interested in scholarship opportunities, you can visit our research scholarships page for more information.
Step 1 : Review the admission criteria
Western Sydney University must be satisfied that you have the skills and experience to commence independent study at a suitable level for entry into a doctoral program.
To be eligible for admission, you must have previously completed at least one of the following qualifications:
- Bachelor (Honours Class 1 or Class 2) degree
- Master of Research degree
- Master of Philosophy degree
- Qualifications from a university or other tertiary institution equivalent to the above
If you do not meet the admission criteria, the approval of prior research experience or other qualifications is at the discretion of the relevant School Dean or Institute Director.
If you do not meet the admission criteria and you are interested in a pathway program, we encourage you to consider our Master of Research (MRes).
Step 2 : Find a research supervisor
All research candidates have a supervisory panel consisting of a principal supervisor and one or more co-supervisors. You are required to identify a potential research supervisor in your application.
You can visit our find a supervisor page for advice about how to search for a potential supervisor.
When contacting potential supervisors, you should send an email to introduce yourself, describe your qualifications and experience, and provide a statement that clearly identifies your area of research interest. Supervisors receive a lot of enquiries from potential applicants so you need to make a good first impression!
When you have confirmed that an academic is interested in being your supervisor, you will need to request a letter of support to include in your application.
Step 3: Prepare a research proposal
A research proposal is an outline of your proposed research project. It should demonstrate that you have a general understanding the proposed area of research and should be approximately one or two pages in length.
Visit the how to write a research proposal page for more information.
Step 4: Prepare your documentation
You are required to include the following documentation in your application:
- Certified copies of all tertiary graduation certificates and academic transcripts for degrees completed outside of Western Sydney University.
- Certified evidence of citizenship status (e.g. passport, birth certificate, citizenship papers, etc.) or certified evidence of residency status (for Australian permanent residents only).
- Evidence of English language proficiency for applicants who completed their previous qualifications outside of Australia.
- A letter of support from your proposed supervisor.
- A research proposal that clearly identifies your area of research interest and provides a project title and project description.
- Evidence of relevant employment or experience directly related to research training (if applicable).
All copies of official documents must be certified according to Western Sydney University requirements.
Step 5: Review the frequently asked questions
You should review the frequently asked questions below before submitting an application. It is important that you understand the expectations and responsibilities associated with applying for admission into a research degree.
Step 6: Submit your application
The final step is to submit an online application to be assessed for admission. Please ensure you include all the required information as this will help us to streamline the processing of your application.
Frequently asked questions
You can find a list of contacts for each of the Schools and Institutes from the find a supervisor page. When requesting advice about potential supervisors, please provide a general overview of your qualifications, experience and area of research interest.
Applications for admission into our doctoral programs are always open to both domestic and international applicants. Your application will be considered for the next available intake.
It may take 6-8 weeks to receive an outcome for your application. All offers of admission require a full assessment and endorsement from the relevant School or Institute to ensure the provision of suitable supervision and resources.