Research degrees

Sydney research students join a community among the top 1 percent of research universities in the world, producing groundbreaking work across a wide range of discplines.

The Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Administration Centre provides advice, information and resources to support your candidature from enrolment to graduation.

A research degree requires an in-depth study in a specialised area. A research student undertakes a major thesis, supervised by a staff member. It is usually possible to upgrade from the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), provided satisfactory progress is made in the first year.

At Sydney we have a particular focus on cross-discplinary study, encouraging new ways of thinking about problems in areas critical to our common future.

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