PhD & MPhil inquiries

Admission requirements

Candidates are required to have completed one of the following programs before applying.

  • An Honours degree, completed at the level of at least upper second class.
  • A Masters degree in a relevant discipline area.
  • A Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

Master of Philosophy: CRICOS code 048358G

Doctor of Philosophy: CRICOS code 048347K


Finding a supervisor

Inital inquiries can be emailed to the Graduate Studies Convenor, who will circulate your inquiry to NCEPH’s academic staff to assess what interest there is in supervising you. Please seek supervision through this channel, not by emailing individual staff members. Your email inquiry should be accompanied by these items of documentation.

  • A complete CV.
  • A brief (1-2 page) research proposal outlining a topic of interest, research objectives, the approach to be taken, what types of data will be collected, and modes of analysis. This proposal may well be modified substantially if you are admitted to our research program. Its main purpose is to identify how your research interests match with potential supervisors at NCEPH. 
  • Scans of academic transcripts for all previous university studies. Certified English translations are required if the originals are not in English. They are to be accompanied by any list of grade codes. We do not need degree certificates or documents relating to pre-university education or non-university qualifications.
  • All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any ANU program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. The policy for this can be found at:

Research topic

We encourages students to pursue their own interests, provided adequate supervision can be found. The initial inquiries process outlined above requires you to send us a preliminary research proposal. If you are having trouble identifying a topic, we encourage you to browse our list of academic projects our research groups are engaging in, and the research interests of individual academic staff set out on this site for inspiration.

As we cannot admit PhD candidates for whom supervision is not available, it is important that your research topic have some affinity with our research interests or those of individual staff. The Graduate Studies Convenor and other academic staff will be happy to discuss your research proposal with you once you have aroused their interest.



Potential candidates can apply online.

The completed application must include academic transcripts, names and contact details of three referees, a research proposal and evidence of English language competency (if appropriate). We also encourage you to include examples of written work where possible.


Referee reports

We recommend that when seeking references, applicants approach people that can comment on their academic performance and research potential. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all referees' reports are forwarded to the University. Applicants cannot be considered by the selection committee until these reports are received.


Closing dates

Applications for admission to the PhD degree are accepted at any time during the year but may only be considered at meetings in June and November. Some scholarships exist for PhD research. Scholarship applications for international students close on 31 August and for domestic students on 31 October.

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