Embarking on a research degree in engineering or information technologies at the University of Sydney is an opportunity to work alongside respected and accomplished academics, and make your innovative ideas a reality.
Postgraduate research, also called a 'higher degree by research' (HDR), usually involves a program of study for postgraduate students where the central focus is an original research project, or series of projects, conducted with the guidance of expert supervisors. Whether you're an aspiring academic, seeking a competitive edge in your career or want to explore your passion, a postgraduate research degree is a great choice.
Our research is shaped by the big picture. We see many of the world’s most pressing problems as engineering and technology challenges waiting to be solved. By combining the expertise and talents of our scholars across many disciplines, and providing access to exceptional facilities, we enable our researchers to meet these challenges and anticipate those of the future to improve people’s lives around the world.
Our core strategic research themes are:
As a postgraduate researcher we will help you to deliver outstanding work in your chosen field in many ways, from providing strategic advice on research opportunities to helping you access funding.
We also assist you to develop transferable skills in research leadership and management, commercialisation, communication and cross-disciplinary capabilities.
We offer various scholarships and other forms of financial assistance to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Read about our specific scholarships for engineering and IT postgraduate research students.
You can pursue research through a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
The Master of Philsophy (MPhil) program allows candidates to undertake research and advanced specialisation in any area of scholarship or design covered by the faculty.
Admission criteria includes a bachelor’s degree – generally a four-year degree or a three-year degree with honours in a relevant discipline.
The program is typically completed in four semesters of full-time study (two years) or eight semesters of part-time study (four years).
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is awarded for a thesis that is a substantial and original contribution to the discipline. Admission criteria includes a master’s degree with a research component or a bachelor’s degree with first or second-class honours.
Alternatively, you may be able to upgrade from the Master of Philosophy program, providing you have made satisfactory progress.
Candidates usually complete the PhD within three years’ full time or six years of part-time study (part time is available to domestic students only). You will need to produce a final thesis in the range of 50,000 to 80,000 words.