Course overview

Within Crawford School students typically choose to work within one of the following research programs: economics, environmental studies and resource management, public policy or political science, and international relations.

Postgraduate research, or a higher degree by research (HDR) program, is a research-focused degree usually undertaken by someone who has completed a previous degree with a significant research component. Postgraduate research degrees include Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and professional doctorates.

Starting dates

January, February, April, July, October

Course structure

Selection to PhD Programs

Recommendations for course admission and PhD scholarships will be based both on merit (as manifested by academic performance, relevant experience, and the quality of the proposed research) and on the ability of staff members within the School to accommodate students’ research interests and projects.

  • Economics

Students studying a PhD program in Economics undertake part-time of full-time study that is comprised of Coursework (Part A) and Research (Part B). All PhD candidates must complete both parts of the doctoral program. Part A normally consists of two consecutive semesters of coursework; part B consists of research, participation in seminars and workshops, and submission of a thesis. Students wishing to undertake a PhD in Economics whose first language is not English are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a score of no less than 6.0 in each individual band.

» more information about the PhD program in Economics

  • Environmental Studies and Resource Management

Students studying a PhD program in the Environmental and Resource Management field will be required to undertake 12 units of coursework. Students wishing to undertake a PhD in Environmental and Resource Management whose first language is not English are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a score of no less than 6.0 in each individual band.

» more information about Environmental Studies and Resource Management

  • Public Policy or Political Science and International Relations

Students studying a PhD program in the Public Policy or Political Science and International Relations fields are required to complete the Postgraduate Training in Politics and Policy Program, which is jointly organised by the Crawford School and the School of Politics and International Relations in the College of Arts and Social Sciences. The training is comprised of Research Design (12 units, Semester 1, offered by Crawford) and Research Methods (6 units, Semester 2, offered by the School of Politics and International Relations). Students may also be asked to undertake additional courses if their supervisor considers it necessary.

Students must achieve an average grade of Distinction in order to commence dissertation research. The coursework requirements may be fulfilled through a set of equivalent ANU-wide courses.

Students wishing to undertake a PhD whose first language is not English are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a score of no less than 6.0 in each individual band.

» more information about Public Policy or Political Science and International Relations

Entry requirements

Admission to a Doctor of Philosophy degree at ANU requires:

  • An Australian Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours - Upper (First Class Honours is often required) or its international equivalent, or
  • Another degree with a significant research/thesis component that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1), or
  • A combination of qualifications, research publications and/or professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1).

Admission to a Master of Philosophy degree at ANU requires:

  • An Australian Bachelor degree or higher, with an overall grade of distinction or higher, or its international equivalent, or
  • Another degree that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1), or
  • A combination of qualifications, research publications and/or professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1).

All applicants must meet the University's English language requirements for admission, noting that it is possible for you to apply without yet meeting English. In this case, if you are approved for admission, your offer would be conditional on meeting our language requirements.

A supervisor must be available at ANU willing to supervise your research before an offer may be made. If, however, you are applying to the ANU College of Business & Economics, please check with this College about their arrangements for setting up supervision.

You must have completed an undergraduate or master’s degree in a discipline relevant to your area of proposed research. For undergraduate degrees, your result should be First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (First Division). If you have a master’s degree, rather than an honours degree, you will need to show that it had a research component. If you don’t have a master’s or honours degree you may be able to apply on the basis of professional work experience. You will also need to have academic referees to support your application.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

How to apply

HDR program applications are open throughout the year. You can submit your program application at any time.

Some scholarships require you to submit your application by a specified date, however. If you are applying for a research scholarship, please be aware of the scholarship application deadlines and note that applications must be complete at the time of submission, including all supporting documentation and referee reports, in order to be considered in the scholarship ranking process. You must indicate on your admission application form whether you still wish to be considered for admission if your application for a scholarship is unsuccessful.

 

 

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