Information for prospective students regarding the Doctor of Philosophy – Arts or Masters by Research program.
The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies offers the following Graduate Research courses
Please note: Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis) is available for Philosophy students only.
Expression of interest
The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies has recently introduced an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for prospective students and supervisors.
we are currently experiencing system issues with the EOI form, meaning you may not be able to upload supporting documentation. While we address this issue please do the following:
1. complete the EOI without submitting documents
2. Forward your form acknowledgement and supporting documents directly to the relevant Discipline Coordinator:
Current Discipline Research Chairs are as follows:
Discipline Research Chair
Classics and Archaeology
Step 1. Decide which course you are interested in applying for:
- Master of Arts (Thesis Only)
- Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis) – Philosophy only
- Doctor of Philosophy – Arts
Step 2. Determine if you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.
Step 3. Approach a potential supervisor using the Find an Expert Supervision Enquiries form or via the School’s Our People web page. Please ensure you provide a CV, Research proposal and academic transcripts (Bachelor and Master / Honours) when contacting your nominated supervisor/s.
Step 4. Discuss your research interests and plans with the potential supervisor and confirm they wish to support your application.
Step 5. Complete the EOI form in consultation with the potential supervisor.
Step 6. The EOI will go to the Discipline Chair for review.
Step 7. The Discipline Chair will approve or reject your EOI and copy in the potential supervisor as well as the Arts Graduate Research team.
Step 8. If approved, proceed to making a formal application online, and upload the approval email as part of your evidence of correspondence with your nominated supervisor.
Please note: this is approval to make a formal application ONLY. Your application will still be considered by the School and Faculty Selection Committee. This is not a guarantee of a course and scholarship offer.
In the event your EOI is not approved we recommend you make enquiries with other Universities or discuss reapplying for a future admission period with your nominated supervisor.
If you have are unsure about any of the instructions or considerations above, please email the Arts Graduate Research Team.
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