Doctor of Philosophy (PhD):  Program Code 1662

A PhD from the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering recognises a successful research experience where the candidate has made a distinct contribution to knowledge in the field. 

PhD Program, Mechanical Engineering, UNSW

About the PhD program

The Doctor of Philosophy program involves 18 Units of Credit of coursework and research leading to the submission of an original thesis, which is examined by expert examiners outside the University.

A PhD requires a minimum of three years full time (six academic semesters) or six years part time (twelve academic semesters) study. The maximum length of candidature is four years full time (eight academic semesters) or eight years part time (sixteen academic semesters).  Local students may be either work inside or outside the university, however International students must be full time, internal.

There are a number of courses, including Engineering Postgraduate Research (GSOE9400) which the candidate must satisfactorily complete in their first year. In addition, the School conducts an annual review of PhD students’ research progress which may include a seminar presentation. More frequent reviews may be conducted if required.

Step by Step Process

  1. Read the Minimum eligibility requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  2. Find a supervisor. Contact potential supervisor(s) and discuss a suitable project. You should provide the following when approaching a potential supervisor:
      • Academic CV including your publication list and any research experience
      • Undergraduate and/or postgraduate academic transcript(s)
      • Research student application form
      • Research Proposal. A research proposal is required for your application. It is recommended you send it to your potential supervisor for comments.

        Tip: Developing a Research Proposal
        All applications must be sufficiently detailed to enable the University to determine whether it is possible to provide adequate supervision and resources to support your research. Each research proposal should be 2-3 pages long and should include information under the following headings:

        • Project title
        • Background and Aims. This should be a statement of the research problem, its significance, identified gaps of knowledge, and research objective(s)
        • Methodology. This is an outline of the methods to be used to address the problem
        • References

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