How To Apply
Before you submit an application, make sure you have completed all of the following steps.
Application process for Postgraduate Research students
Step 1 - Find a research area and supervisor.
Contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinator of the proposed School to discuss the suitability of the proposed program of study:
- School of Business - Dr Anthea McCarthy-Jones
- School of Engineering & Information Technology - Dr Fangbao Tian/Dr Daryl Essam
- School of Humanities and Social Science - Dr Gavin Mount
- School of Science - Dr Wayne Hutchison
Find a potential supervisor:
- UNSW Find a Researcher tool
- Look at the research being carried out in the relevant school
- Conduct a literature search in your area of interest
If you difficulties in finding a supervisor, contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinator, who will endeavour to help identify people to contact.
Step 2 - Select your degree
UNSW Canberra has research programs (Doctor of Philosophy; Professional Doctorates; Master by Research; Master of Philosophy) available in the following areas:
- Asian Studies
- Business & Economics
- Computer Science
- Cyber Security
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Information Technology
- International and Political Studies
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Project Management
- Public Leadership
For more information visit: www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/study/postgraduate-research/programs
Step 3 - Check you meet the entry requirements
To review the minimum eligibility requirements for research degrees (Doctor of Philosophy, Professional Doctorates, Master by Research and Master of Philosophy) offered at UNSW and determine your eligibility, please refer to the information at https://research.unsw.edu.au/higher-degree-research-programs.
Step 4 - Check Information on Scholarship
A number of scholarships are available to students (local and international) at UNSW Canberra. Application is via the admission process.
To see what scholarships are available go to: www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/study/postgraduate-research/scholarships
Step 5 - Discuss your options and develop a topic
All applications must be sufficiently detailed to enable the University to determine whether it is possible to provide adequate supervision and resources to support your research. Each research proposal should be 1000 words long and should include the following:
- a statement of the research program and its significance
- an outline of the method to be used to analyse the problem
- the names of any academics you have contacted in the School
- details of previous publication and/or research undertaken in your nominated area of interest
Step 6 - Write your research proposal
The proposal should cover at least the following issues:
- what you propose to research?
- what your methods of research will be?
- what your research will add to the existing literature?
- what is the literature within which your research will be situated?
- whether your research should be a Masters or Doctoral project?
Step 8 - Apply for admission and scholarship
Complete the online application form. Applications once submitted cannot be changed. Please only submit one application.
The program of choice needs to be within the same School as your prospective supervisor.
Applicants need to meet the University English Language Requirements Policy. UNSW Canberra does not support requests for English waivers.
Upon submitting your online application, you will be presented with an application number beginning with 'W" - this indicates that your application has been successfully lodged.
Once you have been issued with a student id, you will be able to track your application via an online application tracking service through myUNSW
If you are also applying for a scholarship, you must adhere to the application closing date for the scholarship. Late applications will not be accepted.
Candidates wishing to apply for a scholarship should complete the appropriate section in the application form and choose the scholarship round and/or MOU applicable. Only open rounds are available.
Students who apply for the main scholarship round will be considered for all available scholarships within that round.
Scholarship outcomes will be released separately to the admission outcome.
Step 9 - Accept your offer
Successful applicants will be sent an offer of admission.
- Conditional - this offer may be sent to a student who has not yet fulfilled all requirements for admission.
- Unconditional - all requirements for admission have been met.
The offer letter will answer most questions that might arise. Please ensure that you read the offer letter in its entirety.
Accept or defer your offer of admission and scholarship (if applicable) in Accept Online to ensure your place in the program. More information on Accept Online for research students can be found at here.
- if sponsored by an external party, please also complete the International Sponsored Student Agreement form. You must also provide the Financial Guarantee letter from the sponsor. (Students who applied for a UNSW Scholarship are not considered sponsored).
- if you have applied for a UNSW Scholarship you may wait for the scholarship outcome before accepting the admission offer.
- once you have accepted your offer you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), which is required when applying for a student visa.
- a student must provide evidence of a student visa which covers the full period of the program.
Step 10 - Enrolling
All candidates who have accepted their offer of admission into a research program at UNSW Canberra must enrol before commencing their study.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they are enrolled at the start of every term and that the enrolment is correct.
Enrolment in a higher degree research program is on the basis of at least:
- Full-time 35-40 hours per week
- Part-time 15-20 hours per week
Postgraduate research students are able to enrol online via myUNSW.