How to apply

Taking up the opportunity to do a PhD or Masters by Research takes time and commitment. The end result is a highly recognised and esteemed qualification that should be celebrated. Follow the steps outlined below to submit your application or contact us if you have further questions.

Before you apply

Plan your research project

It is important to carefully consider the subject of your research and find out whether your interests align with any academic members of staff. You can do this by reviewing research literature and visiting our faculty websites to find out more about our latest research and staff members.

Find a supervisor

Choosing a supervisor is an important decision. You need to consider whether the supervisor is knowledgeable in the research topic you wish to undertake and someone you feel you can work with.

Visit Research Supervisor Connect to match your interests with available PhD and master’s research opportunities and supervisors, or contact us to discuss your research interests.

When you have identified the faculty or school, you will need to contact a staff member as a potential research supervisor.

Contact a research supervisor

Some faculties like The University of Sydney Business School, Sydney Medical School and Sydney Law School have a different process for contacting supervisors and preparing an expression of interest.

Prepare your enquiry to a research supervisor. It is helpful to outline:

  • your academic/educational background
  • your research experience
  • the area of interest for your PhD
  • your reasons for contacting this staff member
  • why you believe your research topics align with this supervisor.

In addition to your enquiry, you should attach supporting documents including:

  • your CV or resume
  • examples of your previous educational experience, such as an academic transcript
  • a short outline of your research interest.

Submit your enquiry via the project opportunity page in Research Supervisor Connect or contact the Faculty Postgraduate Coordinator.