Whether you’re an aspiring academic, seeking a competitive edge in your career or want to explore your passion, a PhD or master's by research is the ideal choice.
Consistently ranked among the best research universities in the world, we are home to many leading researchers and attract generous funding in support of our research projects.
Embarking on a PhD or masters by research is an opportunity to join a community of recognised leaders in scholarship and make a significant contribution to your area of study.
As a researcher at Sydney, you will work alongside some of the worlds brightest and most accomplished academics. You will have access to high-calibre facilities and all the support you need, from day one through to the end of your studies. From communication and project management skills to career development opportunities, we will give you what you need to thrive while enjoying the freedom offered by a research degree.
Our postgraduate research degrees include:
Admission is highly competitive. In most cases, you will need to have completed a significant research project at tertiary level. Find out more about the entry requirements for postgraduate research and how to apply.
To show that your planned research is appropriate and that you are capable of performing it, you’ll need to prepare a research proposal with an academically relevant question you intend to investigate and answer through your dissertation.
Your proposal should also outline how you plan to conduct your research and analysis.
You’ll need a supervisor – a staff member whose academic interests align with yours, and who has agreed to mentor you for the duration of your course.
Finding the right supervisor is just as critical as selecting a research topic. Consider these questions.
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2016 has been a great year for science and medical research, with the University of Sydney leading major science prizes including the Australian Academy of Science’s awards and the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.