Doctor of Philosophy (Human Geography)

Course summary

The Doctor of Philosophy is for students with a strong background in research who wish to explore a specialised topic in-depth. This program will lead to an internationally recognised research Doctoral Degree qualification (PhD) that will enhance your research and career prospects.

The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities offers supervision in areas related to the Anthropocene, Climate Change, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Energy Efficiency, Indigenous Geographies, Mobilities, Natural Hazards, Population Geography, Resource Management, Social Inequalities, Sustainability and Urban Geography.

What you will study

The supervised independent research project that produces a doctoral dissertation involves a significant original contribution to a field of knowledge. The thesis is a minimum of 80,000 words and no longer than 100,000 words in length.

Your degree

Study at the Doctoral level is by advanced research thesis and the requirements for the degree are not defined by a total credit point value, but by successful completion of the advanced research thesis. Full-time and part-time study is available in most cases.

Course information

Study area

Geography, Research, Sustainability

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

220

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

4 years full-time (8 sessions) or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 1 or higher; Research Masters with at least ⅔ of the degree comprising a thesis. UOW Masters of Research with WAM70+; Coursework Masters with a substantial thesis and WAM75+  or GPA 3.2 out of  4. Other forms of research experience will also be considered.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Entry Requirements

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 1 or higher; Research Masters with at least ⅔ of the degree comprising a thesis. UOW Masters of Research with WAM70+; Coursework Masters with a substantial thesis and WAM75+  or GPA 3.2 out of  4. Other forms of research experience will also be considered.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

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-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

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-

Median rank to receive an offer

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-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

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-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

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-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

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-

ATAR plus additional criteria

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-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences:
26 February 2018

Applications Close:
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time.

Session Detail:
Orientation: 21 February 2018 (TBC)
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences

23 July 2018

Applications Close
29 June 2018. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Doctor of Philosophy, will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate expert, specialised cognitive technical and research skills in a disciplinary area within social sciences to independently and systematically generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial scholarly contribution to an area in social sciences.
  2. Critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of a disciplinary area in social sciences.
  3. Communicate research findings, explaining and critiquing theoretical propositions, methodologies, results and conclusions to peers and to the community.
  4. Apply detailed knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute original research with intellectual independence and with full autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs.  

Course Structure

Study at the Doctoral level is by advanced research thesis and the requirements for the degree are not defined by a total credit point value, but by successful completion of the advanced research thesis. The normal full-time study pattern requires enrolment in 48 credit points of subjects per year in accordance with the table below, for a minimum of 4 years. Part-time study is also available in most cases.

Potential candidates should discuss their research plan with the Postgraduate Research Coordinator of the relevant School, at which time the supervision arrangements of the School will be outlined.

Rules and procedures for Doctoral degrees by Thesis are listed in the Course Rules. Doctoral candidates are urged to be familiar with the Code of Practice - Supervision and General Course Rules governing Thesis and Research Degrees, including the regulations regarding preparation and submission of the thesis.  

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24 per session Autumn, Spring
or
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12 per session Autumn, Spring

 Major Study Areas

The research of the Faculty is conducted through several major research centres and also under the broad areas of the School of Education, School of Health and Society, Department of Human Geography and Sustainable Communities and the School of Psychology.
You should discuss a broad plan for your research topic with the Head of Postgraduate Studies in the school related to your academic interests, or with your potential supervisor. The Head of Postgraduate Studies will be able to help you locate a supervisor if you do not have one in mind.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

UOW’s Faculty of Social Sciences has a robust track record in research across a broad range of disciplines. Our passionate and engaged scholars provide a rich environment for the continued development of theoretical and interdisciplinary research. The UOW School of Geography and Sustainable Communities is home to leading academics specialising in a broad range of areas within Human Geography. The School also has a long history of interdisciplinary and transformational research supporting the development of individuals, organisations and communities.