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Study a science PhD or research masters course
Undertaking a science PhD project or masters by research at Sydney allows you to work with researchers at the forefront of their fields.

Postgraduate research courses


Masters degrees

Graduate Diploma


To discover current PhD projects available in your desired area, please visit Research Supervisor Connect.

What is a science postgraduate research degree?

Our science research degrees involve in-depth study in a specialised area. This will require you to prepare a substantial piece of work that represents a significant contribution to a particular field of knowledge, giving you a good understanding of research methodology. You can also sometimes be required to complete coursework, as is the case for a Master of Philosophy (Science).

There is more than one pathway to a research degree in science and there are several different types of research degrees including Honours, a Master of Philosophy and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Find out more and learn which option might suit you best.

Why study a science postgraduate research degree at Sydney?

The Faculty of Science has a long history of nurturing research and innovation, and of producing some of the finest minds in academia and in many professions. We are ranked 1 in Australia and 30 in the world for impact of scientific research.* We are also 36 in the world for innovation. **

In science, we are home to an extraordinarily talented group of students and researchers who work directly with our dedicated academic staff, many of whom are internationally renowned in their fields.

This creates an environment that is stimulating and that equips our research students with the skills and confidence to engage in research anywhere in the world. In addition to undertaking innovative research projects, you will develop highly transferable skills in communication, leadership, management and commercialisation. This ensures you will graduate fully prepared to pursue an academic career or move into industry, government or business.

Further demonstrating our commitment and belief in research as a mechanism for change, we are tripling our investment in this area by 2020.

*CWTS Leiden Ranking 2018

**Thomson Reuters Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities 2017

How to apply

Both domestic and international applicants should follow these application steps.