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Postgraduate research in medicine and health

Follow your passion and make your mark in your field of study
Undertaking a research degree in medicine and health at the University of Sydney is an opportunity to make a real difference in the health of individuals and communities around the world.

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*Please note: Research in health sciences is undertaken through the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Our research degrees

You can pursue research through a Master of Philosophy or a Doctor of Philosophy.

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) allows candidates to undertake research and advanced specialisation in any area of scholarship or design covered by the faculty.

Entry requirements include 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).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is awarded for a thesis that is a substantial and original contribution to the discipline. Entry requirements include 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 MPhil 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.

Support for early career researchers

Focused career support and development during the first 10 years post-PhD has been identified as a contributing factor towards retaining the best clinicians, researchers and teachers, as well as valued by the researchers themselves.

We are committed to and actively support our early career researchers with:

  • networking and conference opportunities
  • notification of early career targeted-research, travel grant schemes, and research development workshop
  • tailored career advice.

If you are an early career researcher with us, join our network.