Graduate Research School
A higher doctorate degree is a postgraduate research degree in which a candidate’s published work and merit in a particular field are recognised. A higher doctorate degree is of a higher standing than either a Masters by Research degree or the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
The awards are made on the basis of a significant body of published scholarly work that establishes the candidate as a distinguished authority in an area of research, commanding worldwide recognition. The candidate should have made a significant contribution to the advancement of learning with the contributions being exemplified in a discourse that outlines the theoretical basis of the work and the significance of the candidate’s contribution to knowledge.
Higher Doctorates available at UNSW
- Doctor of Science (DSc)
- Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)
- Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
- Doctor of Laws (LLD)
- Doctor of Music (DMus)
- Doctor of Engineering (DEng)
- Doctor of Economics (DEc)
- Doctor of Business (DBus)
- Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)
A candidate for a Higher Doctorate should have made a substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge in an area of research, which is reflected in their professional career.
A candidate who holds a degree from UNSW must have held that degree for at least ten years.
A candidate who does not hold a degree from UNSW must have held a degree of at least ten years standing from another approved university AND also have been engaged for at least four years in advanced study and research as a member of the academic staff at UNSW.