Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Do a Research Degree at SIS

So you'd like to do a PhD at SIS?
What do you need to know? Here's a step-by-step guide to get you started.

Step 1: Identify your research passion

The first step is to identify the topic that you might like to pursue; as part of the application process you will need to provide some details on your proposed research ideas to choose possible supervisors. You will need to take a look at the literature in your chosen field and start to write some initial ideas for your proposed area of research, in terms of the problem/research questions you might investigate, some of the relevant research literature in the area, and the proposed methodologies/methods you might like to pursue. This will give us a starting place for an initial conversation about how your project might best fit with current gaps in the research, as well as areas of staff expertise here in the Faculty. We aim to have a brief document (1-2 pages or more) that can be shared with potential supervisors as part of the application process.

We can offer PhD supervision on a full-time (INF702 Doctoral Research) or part-time (INF701 Doctoral Research) basis. You can study on-site in Australia or study at a distance, from any location in the world. Students work with their supervisory team to prepare for the endorsement of their proposed research and at all stages of the PhD process. We admit students in all three sessions of study, so you can begin the application process at any time. It is important to note that this process may take a number of weeks or months, depending on the availability of supervisors, amount of documentation to be gathered, etc.

Step 2: Review the requirements

Take a look at the Faculty of Arts and Education's PhD course course (i.e., program) overview details. This website provides details on the structure of the PhD, admission requirements, study costs, etc. You will need to gather relevant documents (e.g., transcripts) so that they are available as part of the application process, so it's important to review this website for the specific information we require. You can also find additional information about the PhD on the Faculty's web page for prospective students, including details on scholarships and fees.

Step 3: Review the staff profiles page

Take a look at the SIS staff profiles to see who might be a good fit to supervise your work. This may also give you some ideas re: possible topics and/or ways to narrow things a bit. At the admissions stage, we require a minimum of two staff members to supervise – i.e., one to be Principal Supervisor and one to be a Co-Supervisor – but we can add other members to the team after you've started the program, once the proposal starts to take shape.

Step 4: Contact the School's HDR Coordinator for details

Once you have an idea of your research topic, possible supervisors and the general requirements for application and admission, please contact Dr Mary Anne Kennan to discuss next steps. She will answer any questions you may have about the PhD process itself, as well as the application/admissions process.

Dr Mary Anne Kennan
School of Information Studies
Charles Sturt University
Locked Bag 588
Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678, Australia
Email: mkennan@csu.edu.au 
Telephone: (02) 6933 4893(from within Australia)
+61 2 6933 4893(from outside Australia)

Step 5: Prepare for the interview

Once you and Dr Kennan have discussed your proposed application, an interview will be set with your potential supervisors to discuss your work. You may be asked questions about your proposed research topic, your previous experience, your career plans, etc. 

Step 6: Apply for formal admission to the program

At this stage in the process, we will have all the information needed to process your application for admission. You need to follow the "Apply Now" button on the PhD course overview page. Once your application is received it will be reviewed by the School, by the Faculty of Arts and Education and by the Research Office before you are notified of a decision.

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