Interested in Doing a PhD?

Interested in doing a PhD in social psychology at one of the top 4 psychology departments in Australia? Here's some handy info...

The University's closing date for international students to apply for PhD scholarships is 31st August each year. The University assesses all scholarship applications on a case-by-case basis. However, as a rough guideline, you need to get a scholarship score that is over 18 out of 20 in order to stand a chance of being awarded a scholarship. Scores are calculated as follows:

(1) Your Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated on the last two full-time equivalent years of your Bachelor’s degree, excluding ungraded subjects but including fails. You need to calculate your GPA for this period on a 7-point scale. See here for more details about how to calculate your GPA and here for an online calculator. A minimum GPA of 5.25 out of 7 is required to be eligible. However, the mean GPA tends to be around 6.0 out of 7.0. So, you need to have a GPA above 6.0 in order to stand a chance. You then need to convert your GPA to an 8-point scale (i.e., multiply your GPA by 1.1429).

(2) Extra Research Attainments can give you an extra 12 marks to add to your GPA score out of 8 in order to give you a maximum score of 20.

  • International refereed journal article – 2 marks each
  • National refereed journal article – 1 mark each
  • Conference publication – 1 mark each (max 3)
  • Research master degree – 6 marks each
  • Coursework master degree with 20% thesis component – 3 marks each
  • Research work experience years – 1 mark per year (max 3)
Please note that, for journal articles, the journal must have an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and evidence of peer review must be provided (e.g., a statement on the journal's website). Also note conference publications must be published in full (e.g., in a volume of proceedings, a special edition of a journal, CD or conference or organisational web site).

If your total scholarship score is over 18.00 and you’re interested in knowing more about studying for a PhD at Newcastle, then please contact either Stefania Paolini or Mark Rubin.


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