Advice for PhD and Masters applicants

Requirements for entry

The rules for entry into any PhD or Masters program at SCU can be found on the Graduate School website.

Application process

General guidelines for the PhD application process, plus hints for potential applicants, can be found on the Graduate School how to apply webpage. Within the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS), the preferred process is as follows:

  • Fill in the expression of interest form, which will be sent to the School's Director for Higher Degree Research Training (DHDRT). This form requires a 2 - 3 paragraph outline of your proposed project, plus a professional CV detailing qualifications, research and creative experience, publications, exhibitions, broadcast credits etc.
  • If your project is suitable and there is supervisory and resource capacity within the School, they will direct your enquiry to appropriate potential supervisors. View the list of supervisory staff and their research interests.
  • In consultation with potential supervisors, write a Research Proposal for inclusion in your application. The Research Proposal is a 2 - 3 page document outlining the project, its aims, its background and significance and contribution to knowledge, and its methodology. Providing a preliminary bibliography is also useful. Download a sample Sample PhD Proposal - Humanities and a Sample PhD Proposal - Creative Arts proposal for use as a template.
  • When you and your potential supervisors are satisfied with the proposal, send it to the DHDRT for their approval.
  • Once the proposal is approved by the DHDRT, return to the Graduate School page and continue the application process.
  • Once you submit your application, it is sent to your prospective supervisors and the DHDRT for additional information, and then submitted to the Higher Degrees Research Committee for consideration.

This process in total can often take 3 - 4 months, so it is advisable to start the process early if you have a deadline you wish to meet. Proposals that are not of a high standard will NOT be supported by the School, so spending extra time on the proposal in the first instance will save time later. The Higher Degrees Research Committee meets monthly so this may also delay applications.

Additional information

  • Applications for study in higher degree programs can be made at any time of the year.
  • Applications for Scholarships only happen at certain times. The major round for APA Scholarship applications closes October 31. View the Graduate School scholarships and fees page for more information.
  • Students can study full-time or part-time. At SCU, a full-time Masters is two years enrolment; a full-time PhD is four years.
  • Students can study on campus at any one of the SCU campuses, or by distance education. On-campus students can be allocated space in a shared office, with access to computers, printing, photocopying, internet, phone, etc.
  • Students can also gain access to the School's facilities, such as audio and video studios, rehearsal rooms, visual arts studios and exhibition space.
  • All SASS higher degree students are allocated a research funds allowance of $1000 per year of candidature, up to four years.