About our PhD program
The Department of Biological Sciences offers excellent support for our PhD students including state of the art research facilities (link to facility web page), commencement and completion programs, conference travel scheme, discipline specific training workshops, research budget for project costs, office space, internet and library access.
To fulfil the requirements of a PhD, students usually submit a thesis of 75,000 to 100,000 words in length (depending on the field of study). Theses must "form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of your chosen subject, and afford evidence of coherence and originality shown either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power".
There are two potential career paths after completing your PhD: a small number of students may continue in academic research by applying for post doctoral positions and funding; other students enter the work force with a highly developed understanding of the research process and exceptional specialist skills in their chosen field. We encourage and support students to publish their research in peer reviewed journals well prior to thesis submission, so that they are already well ahead in the competitive academic and professional employment markets when they complete.
The PhD is a time-based program, consisting of a 2-4 year period of candidature if studying full time or 4-8 years studying part time (domestic students only due to student visa restrictions).
How to enrol
The first step in applying for a PhD is to prepare a research proposal and identify at least one academic you would like to be supervised by. Your research will be supervised by at least two academics and will normally be carried out at a university campus or established field station. It is therefore important to match your research proposal with available expertise and facilities. It is important that you contact a potential supervisor and discuss a project prior to submitting your application.
You can explore the range of research expertise and facilities in the department by visiting our Research Group Pages.
Biology at Macquarie strongly encourages international networking and building global research collaborations. To this end we have provisions in place for PhD students to enrol as ‘co-tutelle’ or ‘joint degree’. In both cases the student is supervised by both Macquarie and partner university academics and undertakes research at both institutions. Co-tutelle students submit their final thesis for independent examination at both institutions and two testamurs may be awarded – one from each university. Students in joint degrees submit their thesis for examination by a single joint panel and a single ‘double-badged’ testamur may be awarded.
Eligibility and pre-requisites.
To be eligible for admission to the PhD programme you must normally possess a masters degree by research. In some special cases a bachelor degree with First Class or Second Class Honours Division 1 from a recognised university or other tertiary institution may be sufficient. Alternatively, you may be able to gain admission to the PhD programme after completing further research training via a coursework program in research preparation. Requirements for admission to higher research degrees are defined in the university rules.
Proficiency in the English language is also a requirement for admission to all higher degree research programs at Macquarie university.
There are no set closing dates for applications to HDR programs. Once you and your identified supervisor have agreed in principle on a research proposal, complete and submit a higher degree research application. However, if you are applying for a scholarship, specific deadlines may apply.