Postgraduate study

The contribution of postgraduate students to the research and general environment of the Department is highly regarded, with much research being directly performed by postgraduate students.

Listed below is a brief outline of the postgraduate research degrees which may be undertaken in the Department of Pharmacology:

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Graduates may enrol for the degree of Master of Philosophy, by research and thesis. Candidature lasts from two to three years

Enrolment for this degree is made through the Faculty of Medicine. The candidate is expected to complete an appropriate research project and submit a thesis. The student conducts research under the supervision of a member of the academic staff of the department, and therefore becomes a member of the research team of the supervisor's laboratory.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Candidates for the PhD degree must be graduates, usually of either Science or Medicine, and are expected to complete an appropriate research project and submit a thesis. The student conducts research under the supervision of a member of the academic staff of the department, and therefore becomes a member of the research team of the supervisor's laboratory. Most full-time students are funded by one of the following: Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs); University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards; Faculty Scholarships; National Health and Medical Research Council Scholarships; and independent scholarships funded by research grants and foundations (see below for application details).

Students wishing to be considered for PhD or MPhil candidatures in the Discipline of Pharmacology should proceed as follows:

Look carefully at the current research of the various academic staff

Either contact the staff member directly to enquire about the possibility of proceeding towards a higher degree under his/her supervision, or contact the Postgraduate Coordinator - A/Prof Renae Ryan- email: indicating those people under whose supervision you might wish to study.

Send a complete curriculum vitae, including grades obtained in various undergraduate courses. Also send letters of support from at least two academic referees who can comment on your suitability for postgraduate research training.

You will be advised as soon as possible as to whether or not the Department is willing to support an application by you for the appropriate degree. At this stage you should contact the Postgraduate Administration Office to obtain application forms.

Students normally commence postgraduate candidature at the beginning of 1st Semester (late February - early March), but it is possible to commence at the beginning of 2nd Semester (late July).