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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 and coordinators

  • 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
  • Philosophy
  • Political Economy
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology and Social Policy
  • South East Asian Studies
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Studies in Religion
  • Theatre and Performance Studies
  • 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

Area of Study



Dr Terry Woronov

Arabic Language and Cultures

Dr Lucia Sorbera


Dr Ted Robinson 
HDR Coordinator's email

Art History

Dr Louise Marshall

Asian Studies

Dr Sean Moores

Celtic Studies

Prof Jonathan Wooding

China Studies Centre

Dr Beatriz Carrillo Garcia

Chinese Studies

Dr Esther Klein

Classics & Ancient History

Dr Bob Cowan

Creative Writing

A/Prof Kate Lilley

Digital Cultures

Dr Benedetta Brevini


Dr Rebecca Edwards


Prof Paul Giles

European Studies

Professor Peter Morgan

Film Studies

Dr Louise Marshall

French Studies

Dr Françoise Grauby

Gender & Cultural Studies

Prof Catherine Driscoll

Germanic Studies

Dr Cat Moir

Government & International Relations

Prof Megan MacKenzie

Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies

Dr Gili Kugler


Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson 
Dr. Thomas Adams 
HDR Coordinator's email

Indian Sub-Continental & Buddhist Studies

Dr Mark Allon

Italian Studies

A/Prof Antonia Rubino

Korean Studies

A/Prof Ki-Sung Kwak

Japanese Studies

Dr Olivier Ansart


Dr Gwendolyn Hyslop

Medieval Studies

A/Prof Daniel Anlezark

Media & Communications

Dr Benedetta Brevini

Modern Greek Studies

Professor Vrasidas Karalis

Museum and Heritage studies

Dr Chiara O'Reilly

Peace & Conflict Studies

Dr Eyal Mayroz


Professor Mark Colyvan

Political Economy

Associate Professor Martijn Konings

Sociology & Social Policy

Professor Danielle Celermajer

South East Asian Studies (includes the Department of Indonesian Studies)

Mr Michael Leadbetter

Spanish & Latin American Studies

Dr Vek Lewis

Studies in Religion

Assoc Prof Jay Johnston

Sydney College of the Arts Dr Julie Rrap

Theatre & Performance Studies

Dr Paul Dwyer

The University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work Dr Ilektra Spandagou

US Studies

Dr Aaron Nyerges

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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