Postgraduate research

postgraduate research projects


Research students at the Save Sight Institute undertake supervised research, the major component of which is a research project leading to the production a thesis. We offer supervision for the Master of Philosophy (Medicine) and Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) research programs.

The research master and doctoral degrees have two purposes. One is to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution to a particular field of study, while the other is to train candidates in general areas of research methodology, equipping them which skills which will serve them in any area of research.

Please explore this section of our website for further information on the programmes available.

Master of Philosophy (Medicine)


The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is aimed at those who intend to pursue careers in ophthalmic or vision science research or who wish to upgrade their qualifications to give them a competitive edge in their employment by demonstrating superior ability and some research experience. It may also be used as a stepping stone to commencing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MPhil is a research degree in which students undertake supervised research leading to the production of a thesis. The faculty may exempt an applicant from the qualifying examination if the applicant has obtained at least a credit in the highest course available in the subject or subjects relevant to the proposed course of advanced study and research. Full-time MPhil students have a minimum of 1 year and maximum of 2 years to submit a thesis for examination. Part-time students have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years to submit.

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to Master of Philosophy candidature normally requires a bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or another approved institution, or equivalent qualification. Applicants who do not have an honours degree may be admitted after the applicant has passed a qualifying examination at a standard equivalent to the bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours.

Program structure

The Master of Philosophy in the Sydney Medical School is normally undertaken over two years full-time and four years part-time. Candidates are required to complete one unit of study, MEDF5005 Research Methods and Ethics, early in their candidature to provide them with guidance on areas relating to research such as writing papers and theses, reading and critiquing technical papers and writing literature reviews. Otherwise, candidates are not normally required to attend classes or undertake coursework units of study, with the thesis being the major examinable assessment requirement for the degree.

Further information: http://sydney.edu.au/courses/Master-of-Philosophy-Medicine

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)


The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health at Sydney Medical School will allow you to pursue research and a career in ophthalmic or vision research. You will complete the degree in three to four years during which time you will undertake research culminating in the submission of an 80,000 word thesis.

Admission requirements

Applicants of the Doctor of Philosophy should normally hold a relevant master's degree or a bachelor's degree with first or second class honours. Alternatively, an applicant may be admitted having passed a qualifying examination at a standard equivalent to the bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours. In addition to these academic requirements the head of department must certify to the faculty that your proposed course of advanced study and research is appropriate and acceptable; that you have in addition to the academic qualifications the necessary training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study and research; and that there are sufficient supervisory and other resources and facilities available to enable your candidature to be completed successfully.

Program structure

Full-time PhD students have a minimum of three years and maximum of four years to submit a thesis for examination. Part-time students have a minimum of three years and a maximum of eight years to submit. The word limit for a thesis submitted to Sydney Medical School is 80,000 words. PhD students are not normally required to attend classes or undertake coursework units of study, with the thesis being the only or major examinable assessment requirement for the degree.

Further Information: http://sydney.edu.au/courses/Doctor-of-Philosophy-Medicine

How to apply

Application procedures are outlined on the Medical School website

Students are encouraged to make direct contact with the postgraduate research coordinator in order to discuss potential research topics, ensure that appropriate research facilities are available and to find out about potential supervisors with expertise in a relevant field before submitting an application form.

Current Research Projects

Research Groups at the Save Sight Institute