What doctoral studies can I undertake at Crawford?
Crawford School has a vibrant community of PhD scholars from Australia, across the Asia Pacific region, and around the world. PhD scholars work on a diverse range of topics and across different disciplines, with a shared interest in understanding and addressing global policy challenges. PhD scholars play an essential role in the intellectual life of the School.
Within Crawford School students typically choose to work within one of the following research programs: economics; environmental studies and resource management; public policy or political science; and international relations.
Selection to PhD Programs
Recommendations for course admission and PhD scholarships will be based both on merit (as manifested by academic performance, relevant experience, and the quality of the proposed research) and on the ability of staff members within the School to accommodate students’ research interests and projects.
Students studying a PhD program in Economics undertake part-time of full-time study that is comprised of Coursework (Part A) and Research (Part B). All PhD candidates must complete both parts of the doctoral program. Part A normally consists of two consecutive semesters of coursework; part B consists of research, participation in seminars and workshops, and submission of a thesis. Students wishing to undertake a PhD in Economics whose first language is not English are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a score of no less than 6.0 in each individual band.
Environmental Studies and Resource Management
Students studying a PhD program in the Environmental and Resource Management field will be required to undertake 12 units of coursework. Students wishing to undertake a PhD in Environmental and Resource Management whose first language is not English are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a score of no less than 6.0 in each individual band.
Public Policy or Political Science and International Relations
Students studying a PhD program in the Public Policy or Political Science and International Relations fields are required to complete the Postgraduate Training in Politics and Policy Program, which is jointly organised by the Crawford School and the School of Politics and International Relations in the College of Arts and Social Sciences. The training is comprised of Research Design (12 units, Semester 1, offered by Crawford) and Research Methods (6 units, Semester 2, offered by the School of Politics and International Relations). Students may also be asked to undertake additional courses if their supervisor considers it necessary.
Students must achieve an average grade of Distinction in order to commence dissertation research. The coursework requirements may be fulfilled through a set of equivalent ANU-wide courses.
Students wishing to undertake a PhD whose first language is not English are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a score of no less than 6.0 in each individual band.
You must have completed an undergraduate or master’s degree in a discipline relevant to your area of proposed research. For undergraduate degrees, your result should be First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (First Division). If you have a master’s degree, rather than an honours degree, you will need to show that it had a research component. If you don’t have a master’s or honours degree you may be able to apply on the basis of professional work experience. You will also need to have academic referees to support your application.
All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
One of the most important steps in making an application is to identify a potential supervisor. Your application will only be successful if there is an academic who is willing to supervise your research project.
The best way to identify a potential supervisors is to search the ANU Researchers Database and identify academic staff that are working in areas closely aligned to your research focus. You can search for researchers by name, discipline, country or other key word.
Candidates interested in undertaking PhD study should:
- Review the general information on applying to undertake PhD study at ANU; and
- Send an Expression of Interest to the academic staff member who you have identified as a possible supervisor for your PhD project.
Information in your Expression of Interest should include:
- A proposed thesis topic (be as specific as you can) of relevance to your study topic;
- A preliminary thesis proposal of no more than three (3) pages (see below);
- The name of a potential supervisor;
- A copy of your academic transcript(s);
- A CV including evidence of any work experience;
- A sample of your academic writing (published or unpublished);
- A statement on whether your ability to undertake PhD study is dependent on being awarded a scholarship; and
- The time frame you envisage for commencing and completing your PhD study at ANU
Your preliminary thesis proposal should address the following questions:
- What is your broad area of research?
- What are your preliminary research questions?
- What is the relevant literature? (provide a brief review)
- What analytical framework or approach will you take?
- What methods will you use?
- What do you anticipate will be the contribution of your research?
After the potential academic supervisor receives your Expression of Interest, he or she may invite you to a meeting to discuss your proposal.
If it is established that an appropriate academic supervisor is available, lodge a formal application through ANU. You can apply on an admission-only basis or for admission and scholarship.
More information on applying to undertake PhD study in the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific is available on the Graduate research page of the college’s website.
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