Postgraduate (Research)

Postgraduate (Research)

Candidature Requirements » Transfers between Masters & PhD

UNSW allows Masters by Research candidates to apply for a transfer to the PhD program if they meet the PhD entry requirements (Honours Class 2 Division 1 equivalence) at the time of the transfer request. Following appropriate review within the School, requests from candidates to transfer enrolment from Masters by Research to PhD require documentation indicating: 
 
  • A written request from the candidate detailing how the project meets the expectations of a PhD as an ‘original contribution to knowledge’, in a way that is not expected of a Masters (up to one page).
  • If the candidate does not have a Bachelor with Honours Class 2 Division 1 or better, a statement as to what qualifications or experience the candidate has which are equivalent to such a degree, including what the candidate has done during enrolment in the Masters to achieve such equivalence if it cannot be demonstrated at the time of initial enrolment (e.g. 1st author peer reviewed publication/s or similar research output).
  • Table of contents and chapter plan for both the Masters and PhD.
  • A timeline for completion of the Masters and PhD. The timeline should indicate the portions of research/thesis that have been completed; what remains to be completed, and the projected submission date.
  • A copy of the Progress Review in which the Panel recommends that the candidate has satisfied all the requirements for confirmation of a PhD candidate and that the candidate may transfer to a PhD.
  • A copy of the PhD Research Plan.
  • A copy of the Literature Review.
  • A detailed letter of recommendation from the primary supervisor that includes a detailed justification for the transfer, confirmation of how the candidate has met all of the eligibility requirements of a PhD and in cases where the candidate was not originally assessed as H2:1, a clear statement must be included as to how they now meet the requirement.
  • A detailed letter of recommendation from the School Postgraduate Coordinator that includes justification for the transfer and confirming that the candidate is eligible for admission to the PhD.
The progress review preceding the transfer application (usually at 2.0 FTE) will be the confirmation review and it should be held at least 3 months before the census date. The Master thesis must be on track for submission by the census date and should include a literature review, 2 completed chapters with original data and evidence of publications (e.g. abstract, paper).  
 
Transfer requests are presented to the Higher Degree Committee by the Postgraduate Coordinator. The request for transfer and all documentation must be sent to the Postgraduate Coordinator at least 2 months before the thesis submission date (for the Masters).
 
Please see the attached GRS fact sheet for more information about the transfer from Masters to PhD.