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Postgraduate research

Challenge your thinking

Undertake in-depth research in an area you're passionate about with the guidance of some of the world’s brightest and most accomplished academics.

Whether your interests lie in the humanities, social sciences, cutting-edge education or contemporary art, undertaking postgraduate research is a valuable way to deepen your knowledge of our complex, contemporary world.

Diversity is one of the strengths of our postgraduate research degrees: in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences we conduct research in more than 50 departments and centres spread across six schools. You will have the opportunity to work alongside distinguished researchers including in centres such as our flagship Sydney Social Sciences Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC) and access our high-calibre facilities in a supportive environment.

A higher degree by research will open up a new world of ideas and possibilities, deepen your insights, and develop your capacities for practical application in your current career or equip you to carve out a new one.

Course options

  • Anthropology
  • Arabic Language and Cultures
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Celtic Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Cultures
  • Economics
  • English
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies
  • Gender and Cultural Studies
  • Germanic Studies
  • Government and International Relations
  • Graduate School of Government
  • Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies
  • History
  • Indian Subcontinental Studies
  • International and Comparative Literary Studies
  • International Security
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Communications
  • Medieval Studies
  • Modern Greek
  • Museum and Heritage Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Economy
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology and Social Policy
  • South East Asian Studies
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Studies in Religion
  • US Studies
  • Educational History, Sociology and Philosophy
  • Educational Systems: Administration, Management and Leadership
  • Health and Sport
  • Learning Sciences: Psychology of Education
  • Research on Teaching and Learning
  • Social Structures, Inequalities and Social Justice
  • Social Work and Social Policy
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Why complete a postgraduate research degree with us?

  • Experience one of the most comprehensive arts and social sciences faculties in Australia, where your area of study is only limited by your imagination.
  • Work alongside some of the most acclaimed academics in the country, who have made groundbreaking discoveries and helped inform public debate on the key issues of our time.
  • Benefit from access to our world-leading research centres and institutes.
  • Conduct your research in a faculty with a competitive international standing, ranked 17th in the world* for Arts and Humanities in 2018.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018


Lisa Heinze

PhD student
After several years working as an environmentalist and writing a book about sustainable living, I saw the need for more research on fashion and sustainability – the perfect opportunity to work on a PhD. I wanted to undertake it with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, where I had completed my master’s degree, because of the breadth of expertise within the department and faculty. When I complete my PhD, I hope to teach and advocate for climate, sustainability and environmental justice.
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