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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

The PhD will be offered in a Research academic calendar with eight intakes throughout the year. 
The new calendar will make managing RTP, Leaves of Absence, and enrolment easier as these will be more closely aligned with the teaching blocks. 
There are no requirements to take courses outside of this calendar.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is continual enrolment across the year. There are no set breaks, but students can take annual leave. 

Key dates

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.

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
Intake 8
Monday 6 November 2023

There is no formal teaching for the PhD. You will be working with your supervisory team and can start in any study period. 

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
10/11/2023 17/11/2023

Enrolment and course selection

You can find information about your courses, required pre-requisites and enrolment patterns in the UniSQ Handbook.
Enrolments for 2023 are now open.
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

More information about the Doctor of Philosophy is available now in the UniSQ Handbook.
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. 
Connect with us – start a conversation, whenever suits you. Contact us for more information.

Current students

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.
Yes! Once approved, the information sessions will be advertised via the Graduate Research School monthly newsletter. 

About the degree

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.
Yes, you can complete the Doctor of Philosophy in 16 units, on completion of your thesis. For more information, talk to us at anytime. 

Why UniSQ?

5/5 stars for overall postgrad experience and support.*
Choose where, when and even how you study, with our flexible study options.
44 Number of countries represented by UniSQ HDR students.
*Good Universities Guide, 2022