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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 degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Master of Philosophy

Master of Applied Science

Information for 2021 Master of Philosophy applicants

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is currently re-developing the Master of Philosophy and from 2021, a new degree will be available. The proposed new course will aim to offer greater research flexibility and interdisciplinary learning across all faculty areas of study. 

Further information on these changes will be available from end of May for applicants intending to apply for admission in 2021. We encourage you to check back and apply for the new 2021 course in the coming months.

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

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)

Attributes we look for when assessing applications

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

Our research areas

You can conduct research across any of the following areas within the faculty: 

Why complete a postgraduate research degree with us?

To support the research capabilities and success of higher degree research (HDR) students, and in response to a changing world, we are introducing a new coursework component to our PhD degrees and broadening the coursework options for our other postgraduate research degrees.

You will have the opportunity to create a distinct research pathway by selecting from 270+ units from any faculty – a first of its kind in Australia – with study areas ranging from specialist analytical methods and professional engagement courses, to discipline-specific subjects. You can find more information here about units of study available in our faculty. 

If you undertake a postgraduate research degree within medicine and health, you will: 

  • 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.

Scholarships

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:

Graduate profile

Michael Inskip with client
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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