Check your eligibility
Checking your eligibility is the first step in the process of applying for a world-class research degree with Federation University Australia.
1. Academic entry requirements for PhD
There are a number of ways to meet the eligibility requirements for entry into a PhD program at Federation University.
- Successful completion of an undergraduate degree and subsequent additional honours degree which is graded at first class or second class (upper division) and which includes a thesis or dissertation demonstrating the ability to undertake research at a PhD level; OR
- Successful completion of a Masters by Research degree that included a dissertation, demonstrating the ability to undertake research at PhD level; OR
- Current Federation University Masters by Research candidate with sufficient research capability to demonstrate PhD capacity, assessed via a formal Confirmation of Candidature process; OR
- Honours equivalence, for applicants who have completed a Master by coursework or have appropriate professional experience.
2. Academic entry requirements for Masters by Research
- Successful completion of an undergraduate degree and subsequent additional honours degree which is graded as at least second class and which includes a dissertation demonstrating the ability to undertake research at a Masters level; OR
- Honours equivalence, such as a combination of professional, qualifications and research experience, including Masters by coursework.
3. English language proficiency requirements (for overseas applicants)
Applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP) by:
Achieving at least the minimum score in one of the following formal test of English language proficiency within the last two years:
- IELTS (International Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0;
- TOEFL (American test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 580 plus a TWE (Test of Written English) a score of 5.0;
- TOEFL computer-based minimum score of 237 plus a minimum score of 22 in writing;
- TOEFL internet-based minimum score of 92-93 plus a minimum score of 22 in writing; OR
- Under exceptional circumstances, applying for an exemption from being required to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score based on an exemption request with supporting evidence.
4. English language proficiency exemption request
A request for exemption from English language proficiency (ELP) requirements will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. IETLS is the preferred measure for ELP and applicants who can demonstrate ELP exemption are still expected to provide IELTS where possible. To build a case for waiving the English proficiency requirement the applicant will need to apply for an exemption in writing and provide a minimum of two or more of the the following information:
- A certified statement that the official language of the country of origin is English.
- Evidence of successful completion of a course of tertiary studies of at least two years' duration conducted entirely in English and involving formal assessment of written work, in a country where English is the official language. Evidence in the form of a letter or certificate issued by the university Registrar's office will need to be provided
- A certified statement that the applicant currently engages in the teaching of tertiary studies for at least two years' duration entirely in English and involving formal assessment of written work, in a country where English is the official language. Evidence in the form of a letter or certificate issued by the university Registrar's office will need to be provided
- Evidence of publications in English substantially written by the applicant.
5. Sanctions and compliance
Applicants from the following countries should be aware that United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and/or Australian autonomous sanctions may apply to any research you may undertake in Australia.
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- DPRK (North Korea)
- Guinea – Bissan
- Former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
- Fiji, and
It is important that you discuss sanctions that may be applicable to your proposed research with Federation University. There may be a delay in your capacity to commence a research degree at Federation University Australia where approval for your research project needs to be sought.
Information about the UNSC and Australian sanctions is available at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.