To apply for a PhD position and scholarship at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS), follow our four keys steps.
The eligibility requirements for undertaking a PhD at CAS are detailed in Swinburne Research's Research Higher Degrees Policy and Procedure document. In summary, PhD applicants must have completed at least four years (or part-time equivalent) of university studies, at a high level of achievement, in a subject area related to their proposed PhD project.
For most CAS PhD applicants, this translates to having completed a bachelor of science degree with first or upper second class honours or a master degree (with a research component) awarded at a similarly high grade.
English language requirement
There are English language requirements for international students. If English is not one of your native languages, then at least 24 full months (or part-time equivalent) of your formal university studies must have had English as the language of instruction and assessment. Otherwise, you must submit the results of an English language examination with any formal PhD scholarship application.
If you are relying on a language exam to certify your English language skills, then your exam results must have been issued no more than two years prior to your Swinburne application. You do not necessarily have to take the exams before submitting an EoI, but you will not receive a formal offer from Swinburne unless or until you can satisfy the English language requirements.
All international applicants should be sure to check the latest Swinburne IELTS and TOEFL score requirements.
Note: International students must study full time.
A PhD is a significant commitment of 3.5 years (full-time equivalent) research. Students normally study during their PhD full-time. International students must study full-time.
Given the rigorous nature of the research, students should avoid working outside of their study. For this reason, CAS normally only accepts PhD students who obtain a scholarship at Swinburne.
Although Swinburne has, by comparison with other Australian universities, a relatively large number of scholarships available, including ones for international students, they are all very competitive. Given the significant amount of work required from both applicants and supervisors to submit a formal PhD and scholarship application, CAS assesses the EOIs of potential applicants first. An EOI must be submitted if we are to fairly assess you as a possible formal PhD and scholarship applicant.
The information provided in the EOIs enables us to:
- fairly and accurately compare the grades and academic backgrounds of all students, as well as take into account additional information contained in curriculum vitae and reference letters
- assess the likelihood of you being granted a scholarship at Swinburne.
As such, it is essential that you complete the EOI as accurately as you can.
The timing of our regular calls for EOIs are timed to approximately coincide with the major scholarship application deadlines. The next deadline is TBA.
Have technical difficulties?
If you have any difficulties in using the EOI system, please email Associate Professor Ryan Shannon.
The formal scholarship application and enrolment process is administered by Swinburne, rather than by CAS, and can take 6-10 weeks. For international students, the visa application process can only begin after Swinburne has approved the PhD application.
In our experience, visa applications are typically processed within 1-2 months. Travel arrangements can only be made after a visa has been awarded.
While there can be considerable flexibility around start dates, successful applicants typically start their PhD positions at least six months after the EOI deadline.