Higher Doctorates

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 Letters (DLitt)

  • Doctor of Laws (LLD)

  • Doctor of Music (DMus)

  • Doctor of Engineering (DEng)

  • Doctor of Economics (DEc)

  • Doctor of Business (DBus)


  • 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 AND EITHER;

  • Hold a degree from UNSW and have held that degree for at least ten years OR

  • Hold 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.


If you are interested in applying for a higher doctorate, please read the Conditions for Award of Higher Doctorates Policy and Information for Applicants. After reading these documents, please contact Claire McCarthy via email at research.tem@unsw.edu.au and attach a copy of your CV. 

Further Information

For further information regarding higher doctorates please contact Claire McCarthy at research.tem@unsw.edu.au.