How to apply

Apply for admission


Once you have found a research project and a supervisor who has agreed to supervise your candidature, then local students (i.e., Australian citizens including dual citizens, New Zealand citizens including dual citizens, or permanent residents of Australia) should complete an application for candidature and lodge it with the Faculty of Science, who will assess your academic qualifications and eligibility for a postgraduate degree, and confirm that a place and a supervisor is available in the School of Chemistry.

The Research Training Scheme (RTS) covers tuition fees for local research students for the following lengths of time:

  • Doctor of Philosophy: 8 full-time or 16 part-time semesters
  • Masters by research: 4 full-time or 8 part-time semester

In effect, this means that as long as local students complete their research degrees within the specified periods, they are not required to pay tuition fees. Local students are not required to apply for an RTS fee exemption since it is automatically awarded to students enrolling in postgraduate research courses. If students take longer than the specified period to complete their degree, they may be liable to pay tuition fees.

Information from the Faculty of Science on how to apply for a research degree can be found here. General University information can be found here.

International students

If you feel that you meet the entry requirements for postgraduate enrolment, have applied for or already have funding to cover your fees and living expenses, and have found a supervisor, then you should apply for candidature.

International students must apply through the University's International Office.

Contact details for the International Office can be found here.

The International Office will advise you on eligibility requirements, assess your academic qualifications, and advise you on whether you have the appropriate qualifications for a postgraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

The closing dates for applying to the International Office for those not also applying for scholarships are:

  • Semester 1 (March commencement) - 31 October of the previous year
  • Semester 2 (July commencement) - 30 April

Late or incomplete applications may be considered however, the University of Sydney cannot guarantee that late applications will be processed in time for the proposed start date.

English language requirements

Applicants whose undergraduate instruction was not in English are required to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English before admission can be considered. The University of Sydney recognises the TOEFL and IELTS English language test. For the current requirements, please see the International Offices' English Language Requirements web page. If you do not hold any of the acceptable language qualifications, you can take courses in English for Academic Purposes at the University's Centre for English Teaching.

Contact person

Associate Professor Chris McErlean

Postgraduate Coordinator

School of Chemistry

Room 518A

Telephone: +61 2 9351 3970


 Chris McErlean