Students undertaking a dissertation or thesis as part of a postgraduate course must have acquired adequate research preparation, normally prior to being accepted into the course. Please see the University Policy on Adequate Research Preparation.

An applicant will be deemed to have fulfilled the research preparation requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) when they can demonstrate that they have undertaken supervised individual research in which they have designed and conducted a scholarly investigation in the context of an existing body of knowledge, critically analysed and evaluated the outcome in that context, and communicated the process effectively in writing.

An applicant will be able to provide evidence of scholarly work in at least one of the following forms:

  • a supervised research dissertation project completed as a program undertaken after a three year, or during a four year, Bachelors degree, carrying the equivalent credit of at least 25% of an annual full-time load and awarded an assessed result at or above distinction level;
  • The Board of the Graduate Research School may deem a three-year Bachelor degree including a supervised dissertation of at least 25 per cent of an annual full-time load awarded with first class Honours from a highly-ranked university as meeting this criterion;
  • scholarly papers as sole or primary author, appearing in recognised academic journals or in volumes published by recognised academic publishers;
  • published research reports prepared for industry, government or business, which adhere to the broad conventions of academic publishing (i.e. contain an up-to-date review of relevant literature, a description of relevant research methods and an evaluation of results, etc.) and which identify the applicant as sole or primary author;
  • a portfolio of published creative work together with published critical discussion of some or all of that work, or of a comparable body of work by others, and which demonstrates the applicant’s development of a scholarly approach to creative work as research investigation.