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Information for 2021 applicants

The Faculty of Medicine and Health has re-developed the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy. From 2021, the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy will be delivered under one new central name and course code. Both degrees are now available for application for 2021 commencement. The new courses will aim to offer greater research flexibility and interdisciplinary learning across all faculty areas of study. 

This course allows students to conduct high-impact, multidisciplinary research that spans across our broad priority research areas of: cancer diagnosis and rehabilitation; communication sciences and disorders; disability and mental health; musculoskeletal health; and physical activity, lifestyle, ageing and well-being. You will work with leaders in allied health and gain advanced research and critical thinking skills that will expand your career prospects. This course may be used as a foundation to the Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences).

The Master of Applied Science (MappSc) at the Faculty of Health Sciences provides candidates with the opportunity to undertake in-depth study in a specialised area, while enjoying an independent style of learning and freedom of expression in academic enquiry.

The Faculty of Health Sciences has been ranked a level 5 for excellence in research, which is considered "well above world standardin the 2015 ERA rankings.

You will work individually on your research project under the direction of a supervisor who is a leader in the allied health field.

Across the 1-2 year research period, you will gain advanced research and critical thinking skills that will see you publish work in journals, influence health policy and expand your career prospects particularly in industrial research, government, and developmental organisations.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

Applications are open all year round. Apply well in advance (no later than 6 - 8 weeks prior to your start date) to allow for a timely response to your application. If your application cannot be processed in time, it will be considered for the next possible research period. Refer to the relevant Scholarship websites for details.

Starting date

Research Period 2: Start date 1 Mar

Research Period 3: Start date 1 Jul

Research Period 4: Start date 1 Oct

Refer to key research dates on the `How to Apply website.

Applications are open all year round.  Apply well in advance of your start date to allow for a timely response to your application and necessary visa and travel arrangements. If your application cannot be processed in time, it will be considered for the next possible research period. Separate Scholarship application deadlines apply.

Starting date

Research Period 2: Start date 1 Mar

Research Period 3: Start date 1 Jul

Research Period 4: Start date 1 Oct

Refer to key research dates on the `How to Apply website.

Applying for admission

1. Find a supervisor within the University whose academic background aligns with your research. You may visit Research Supervisor Connect to start.

2. Contact a research supervisor either through Research Supervisor Connect or email and provide: your academic/educational background and research experience with examples such as an academic transcript your CV/resume the area of interest for your research why you believe your research topics align with this supervisor

3. In conjunction with your supervisor, develop a preliminary research proposal that outlines the subject area, objectives and significance of your research (see 'Guidelines for writing a research proposal' below).

4. If you wish to pursue your candidature off-campus, you are required to provide a written off-campus plan that includes the following: Timetable of research for 1st year. Statement of how often and when you are going to meet with your supervisors. When you plan to be on campus.

5. If you intend to study part-time, you will also need to supply: evidence that shows you will have sufficient time available to plan and carry out the research under the supervision of the University, and complete the course within the maximum period allowed for a part-time enrolment. a declaration from your employer (if relevant) confirming that you will be permitted to take the time required to effectively pursue your studies.

6. Your research proposal should be submitted along with your CV, academic referee reports, academic transcripts and other supporting documents.

7. Applications are made via the University's online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the `Apply Now' button on the right hand side of this page. 

Please note – You must submit a separate scholarship application to be considered for all scholarships, except for the RTP (formerly IPRS) and UsydIS scholarships for international students. 

Guidelines for writing a research proposal

A research proposal is a required document as part of application for admission to a postgraduate research degree at the University of Sydney. It is necessary to prepare a proposal that clearly summaries your proposed research project. You should prepare this document and it should be reviewed your supervisor(s) before submission with your application for admission. If you are admitted this initial research proposal will be used as a basis for preparation of your final research program in your first year of candidature.

Below are guidelines to help you prepare your initial research proposal for admission.

Requirements of faculties may vary so please contact your supervisor(s) or the relevant Postgraduate Research Coordinator for more information.

  • Min-max length: Up to 2000 words.
  • Project title: Working title for the project.
  • Supervisor name(s): Names of supervisor(s)
  • Proposed mode of research: Describe your mode of research (e.g. creative work, laboratory/field research, clinical investigations, archive/library study).
  • Aims and objectives: What are the overall aims of the work? What objectives are necessary to meet the aims?
  • Synopsis: Briefly describe the key aspects of what you will be investigating.
  • Background: Brief review of literature in the area of interest. Describe what research lays the groundwork for your topic.
  • Expected research contribution: Why is the topic/creative work important? Describe how the research may be novel and its impact on the discipline.
  • Proposed methodology: Approach or methodology to be used in the research, the materials/equipment you intend to use, your space/laboratory/studio requirements.
  • Work plan: An initial plan for completion with annual milestones (e.g. over 3 years).
  • Resources: Provide details of major resources required for you to carry out your research project. What significant resources are required for the success of your proposed project (e.g. travel, equipment).
  • References: A short bibliography of the cited literature.

Additional application requirements
In order for your application to be assessed, you will be required to upload all of the following documents:

  • Certified academic transcripts for all your previous tertiary study, if they were not completed at The University of Sydney.
  • CV, providing a summary of your work experience.
  • Two academic references (international and domestic applicants).
  • Research proposal.
  • Statement of capacity to undertake part-time candidature (if applicable –domestic applicants)
  • evidence that your supervisor supports your application. This can be PDF copies of emails between you and your supervisor.
  • Proof of your Australian residency status (a certified copy of the main page your Australian passport, or a certified copy of the main page(s) of your own passport with evidence of your visa).
  • English language qualifications (if your prior study was completed at an institution where English is not the medium of instruction).

If you have any questions, please email the HDR Support Manager at

Completion requirement

Thesis submission requirements and examination procedure as set out in the Academic Board resolutions for this course and the Higher Degree (HDR) Rule 2011.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Applied Science (Research) you must have completed the equivalent of one of the following in a subject area related to your proposed research area: bachelor's degree master's degree by coursework. These criteria constitute the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission. That remains at the discretion of the Associate Dean (HDR) for a given Faculty.

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