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Postgraduate research

Study a science PhD or research masters course
Undertaking a science PhD 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


Research areas

Find a supervisor

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

How to apply

Both domestic and international applicants should follow these application steps.

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 will also be required to complete coursework, from a range of postgraduate research units available.

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 with us?

  • We have a long history of nurturing research and innovation, and of producing some of the finest minds in academia and in many professions.
  • Ranked 1 in Australia and 30 in the world for impact of scientific research,* and 36 in the world for innovation**.
  • 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.
  • Our research community creates an environment that is stimulating and equips our research students with the skills and confidence to engage in research anywhere in the world. 
  • You will develop highly transferable skills in communication, leadership, management and commercialisation, preparing you to pursue an academic career or move into industry, government or business.

*CWTS Leiden Ranking 2018
**Thomson Reuters Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities 2017

Opportunities for research students

We offer a series of free workshops and events to our HDR candidates. The overarching goals of these workshops are to provide relevant onboarding and training to you, to achieve your desired research outputs, increase your skills base and productivity.

Our workshops include:

  • Effective Research Planning & Training
  • Effective Science Communication
  • Thesis Writing & Thesis Examinations
  • Impactful Publications & Grant Success
  • Writing a Journal Article in the Sciences
  • Improving Your Statistical Inferences
  • Careers Conversations: Academia and Beyond


You may have the opportunity to complete a paid internship program during your candidature, or whilst your thesis is under examination, to further develop your skills and experience and apply them in a real-world context.  Generally, HDR internships will involve completing a project or period of work in a workplace not strictly related to your research area. 


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