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Postgraduate research

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.

Our research into creating healthier futures spans the following key areas:

So whether you're an aspiring academic or researcher, seeking a competitive edge in your career or wanting to explore your passion, we encourage you to explore our offerings.

Why study your PhD with us?

The Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine and Health (PhD) is our premier research award and the highest qualification on the Australian Qualifications Framework. Join a world-class community of researchers and see your research make an impact.

A master's degree by research is the second-highest qualification on the Australian Qualifications Framework and can be a pathway to study at a PhD level 

In undertaking a postgraduate research degree within medicine and health, you will: 

  • Boost your qualifications and stand out from the crowd with no fees for domestic students*
  • Benefit from access to our world-leading research centres and institutes.
  • Our postgraduate research degrees are uniquely embedded with a coursework component designed to provide our HDR students with the opportunity to create a truly distinct research pathway. As an HDR student, you'll be able to select from over 270+ HDR units of study from across the University of Sydney to help you complete your thesis. These unit of study areas range from specialist analytical methods and professional engagement courses to discipline-specific subjects.
  • Work with and alongside world leaders in medicine and health research.
  • Choose from a wide range of multidiscipline research areas across our diverse academic disciplines.
  • We offer access to state-of the art research facilities across the university. 
  • Conduct your research in a faculty that is competitively ranked internationally.

*Fees are covered by the government Research Training Program fee off-set. Please note that fees apply for international students - refer to the relevant course page on Sydney Courses for details.

How to apply

Applying for a research degree is a multi-step process, you can read how to undertake this process in our step-by-step guide

Attributes we look for when assessing applications

  • Level of tertiary qualification provided
  • English proficiency
  • Research experience/training
  • Supervisory team
  • Research proposal

What you need to apply checklist

  • Proof of identity (e.g. passport)
  • All tertiary academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • Evidence of English if available
  • CV
  • Evidence of correspondence (letter or email) that a supervisor has agreed to oversee you
  • Research proposal
  • Part-time statement if student is applying for part-time study load
  • Confirmation of Resources endorsed by School’s Research Committee (*this is for Dentistry only)


We offer a wide range of scholarships for both prospective and current students undertaking postgraduate research. Scholarships range from allowance stipends, tuition fee scholarships, conference funds and equity support grants. These include the Executive Dean stipend scholarship, as well as extensive funding opportunities across the faculty:

Support for our research students

One of our strategic priorities is to invest in the resources and capabilities of our researchers to help shape health outcomes that make a difference to our communities. As a HDR student you will have the following support available:

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Michael Inskip, Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences)
"It was a natural leap for me – investigating the power of exercise in populations with various stages of cognitive impairment."
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