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Follow your passion and make your mark in your field of study
Undertake a medicine and health PhD with us and work alongside respected and accomplished researchers to make your innovative ideas a reality.

A higher degree by research (HDR) in medicine and health will open up a new world of ideas and possibilities, deepen your insights, and develop your capacities for practical application in your current career or position you to carve out a new one.

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?

Our 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.

This will require you to prepare a substantial piece of work that represents a contribution to a particular field of knowledge, giving you a good understanding of research methodology.

This postgraduate research degree is also 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.

Furthermore, by undertaking your Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine and Health) with us, you'll also: 

  • boost your qualifications and stand out from the crowd with no fees for domestic students*,
  • be studying at one of Australia’s top ranked universities for medicine, anatomy and physiology, pharmacy and pharmacology, nursing, and sports-related subjects,
  • grow professionally and academically through a paid 3-6 month internship with an industry partner as you complete your degree.
  • benefit from access to our world-leading research centres and institutes and state-of the art research facilities,
  • be part of a stimulating research community environment that will equip you with the skills and confidence to engage in research globally, and
  • develop highly transferable skills in communication, leadership, management and commercialisation, preparing you to pursue an academic career or move into industry, government, business or entrepreneurship.

We also offer a Master of Philosophy (Medicine and Health), the second-highest qualification on the Australian Qualifications Framework and can be a pathway to study at a PhD level.

*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 our Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine and Health) research degree is a multi-step process.

You can read how to undertake this process in our step-by-step guide


We encourage you to explore the vast range of postgraduate research scholarships available to all eligible domestic and international students.

Scholarships range from allowance stipends including our Executive Dean stipend scholarship, tuition fee scholarships, conference funds and equity support grants.

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 Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine and Health) student you will have the following support available:

Associate Dean (Research Education)

Professor Carolyn Day
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