Postgraduate Research Orientation
Welcome to your time as a postgraduate research student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
You are joining over 600 other postgraduate research students in the Faculty, who are working towards one of five degreesthe Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Social Sciences, Master of Philosophy and Master of Arts by Research. Some of you will be studying full-time with us, while others will be studying part-time. Some of you will have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney; others will have come from a wide range of other Australian or international universities.
This diversity is one of the strengths of the Faculty’s postgraduate research programs, but it can also cause confusion. You will meet other postgraduate research students who will be working in quite different ways towards their degrees. That is why we have provided the orientation materials on this site, which will answer some of the questions you are sure to have about your postgraduate research program.
We also run orientation sessions for postgraduate research students at the start of each semester, a major one in March and a shorter one in August. (Students who enrol in Semester 2 are welcome to attend the March orientation, whether or not they have attended the August orientation.) To register for the next orientation, please do so below.
We may not be able to answer all your questions through the materials below, or at your orientation, however your supervisors, other academics and administrative staff are available during research periods to help you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch whenever you have questions or concerns about your program.
Best wishes for your research studies at the University of Sydney. We hope you enjoy your time with us.
Professor Catherine Driscoll
Associate Dean, Higher Degree Research
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Course information and postgraduate research subject areas
For information on your course requirements and the postgraduate subject areas available in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please visit here.
Faculty research facilities
Information on the Faculty's research facilities, such as the Postgraduate Arts Research Centres (PGARC) can be accessed here.
Faculty Student Administration (Research) Manual
The Student Administration (Research) Manual will help you navigate the administrative side of your postgraduate research degree. You will find detailed instructions on how to manage candidature, including submission of thesis guidelines, funding opportunities and research facilities. All relevant forms can also be located from this site.
For a detailed list of all the Faculty Research Coordinators by department, please refer to the following page.
To access information on the available University support services, please visit the University Services website.
University research support, ethics and scholarships
For information on research support and Research Integrity and Ethics Group, please visit the following website. For scholarship information, please visit Scholarships and Financial Support.
The Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) is an independent representative association providing advice, advocacy and support services to the postgraduate students at the University of Sydney. To find out further information about SUPRA, please visit their website.