Australian Partners


The University of Sydney


The University of Sydney is one of the world’s leading comprehensive research and teaching universities, offering an exceptional range of disciplines with more than 400 areas of study.

The University’s diverse community of students is made up of more than 32 cultural groups and 130 nationalities. It includes over 70,000 students and 8000 staff with a network of 380,000 alumni in more than 170 countries.

Established in 1850, it is Australia’s first university and focuses on leadership for good and creating futures with impact. The University is consistently placed among the top universities in the world – ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings and 41st in the QS World University Rankings.

Sydney was one of the first universities in the world to admit students solely on academic merit. The University aims to make lives better, not just by producing leaders of society, but through equipping people with the qualities that allow them to serve the community at every level.

Research excellence

Our research is driven by the big picture. From combating the world’s deadliest diseases to inventing tiny devices that make a super-sized difference to computing, we excel in innovative collaboration. Supported by over 90 research centres, our researchers are finding solutions to the world’s greatest challenges by changing the way they look at them. It is our ambition that every Sydney student will complete their degree with the confidence and ability to think critically, collaborate productively and influence the world.

Conditions for PhD enrolment

To apply for a PhD, you need to demonstrate sufficient prior research experience and capability and prove English language proficiency. In most cases, you will have either:
• a Bachelor’s degree with first or upper second class Honours; or
• a Master’s degree performed at a high academic standard, and which includes a substantial component of original research; or
• an equivalent qualification that demonstrates research experience, excellence and capability.

These are the minimum requirements for eligibility, but they do not guarantee admission. Admission remains at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Higher Degree by Research) for each faculty.

For more information on admission requirements, please visit the University of Sydney’s ‘Apply for postgraduate research‘.