Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - new academic calendar FAQs
In 2023, UniSQ is introducing an innovative and new Academic Calendar that allows you to better manage your study load and structure your own degree progression to balance work, family, and university commitments.
Understanding the academic calendar
What academic calendar will the PhD be using for intakes in 2023?
The PhD will be offered in a Research academic calendar with eight intakes throughout the year.
What makes the new academic calendar better for my degree?
The new calendar will make managing RTP, Leaves of Absence, and enrolment easier as these will be more closely aligned with the teaching blocks.
Will I have to do any courses in another calendar?
There are no requirements to take courses outside of this calendar.
Do I still get a break in this new calendar, and is everyone’s break at the same time?
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is continual enrolment across the year. There are no set breaks, but students can take annual leave.
What are the key dates of the degree in 2023?
You can apply at any point during the year and, once enrolled, you will be able to start your study at the next available 6-week study period.
When can I start the PhD in 2023?
You can start at any one of the eight 6-week study periods throughout the year.
|Study period start date|
|Intake 1||Monday 16 January 2023|
|Intake 2||Monday 27 February 2023|
|Intake 3||Monday 10 April 2023|
|Intake 4||Monday 22 May 2023|
|Intake 5||Monday 3 July 2023|
|Intake 6||Monday 14 August 2023|
|Intake 7||Monday 25 September 2023
||Monday 6 November 2023|
Are all courses taught in each study period? Can I start in any study period?
There is no formal teaching for the PhD. You will be working with your supervisory team and can start in any study period.
What date are my fees due?
When your fees are due is dependent on your Study Period.
|Study Period||Invoice due date||Census date|
|Study Period 1||20/01/2023||27/01/2023
|Study Period 2||03/03/2023||10/03/2023
|Study Period 3||14/04/2023||21/04/2023
|Study Period 4||26/05/2023||02/06/2023
|Study Period 5||07/07/2023||14/07/2023
|Study Period 6||18/08/2023
|Study Period 7||29/09/2023
|Study Period 8
Enrolment and course selection
Where can I find course, pre-requisite, and enrolment information online?
You can find information about your courses, required pre-requisites and enrolment patterns in the UniSQ Handbook.
When do enrolments open?
Enrolments for 2023 are now open.
Can I do more or fewer courses to speed up or slow down my study, but still progress?
As a PhD student you are enroled either full-time or part-time. If you would like to switch between the two, you need to contact the Graduate Research School.
Where to find more information
When will the UniSQ Handbook be updated?
Where can I find more information regarding the changes to my degree, prior to UniSQ Handbook updates?
Please refer to updates on the Academic key dates website and contact us for any additional enquiries. You can also contact the Graduate Research School if you have any questions concerning the changes.
Who can I talk to for more information and help to understand the change?
I am a current student, what does this change mean for my study?
As a current student, previously we have asked that you re-enrol each semester. Changes have now been made to allow enrolment to be automatic for the full duration of your study at either a full-time or part-time load.
Will there be information sessions held for current students?
Yes! Once approved, the information sessions will be advertised via the Graduate Research School monthly newsletter.
About the degree
Why should I choose to study the Doctor of Philosophy at UniSQ?
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research degree available in all study areas and provides you with the skills to become an effective researcher in your previously studied discipline. By undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy you will have expansive intellectual freedom to be able to make an original and substantial contribution to your area of study. UniSQ academics are recognised throughout the world for their excellence in research. Some of the projects you can tap into are at the forefront of cutting edge research.
Can I accelerate my degree and finish quicker?
Yes, you can complete the Doctor of Philosophy in 16 units, on completion of your thesis. For more information, talk to us at anytime.