Congratulations on your offer! We look forward to welcoming you on campus. Here is how you can get started on in your research program.
Getting started for Postgraduate Research students
Accepting your offer
Successful applicants will be sent an offer of admission.
Successful applicants may receive two types of offers:
- If students have not yet fulfilled all requirements of admission, a conditional offer may be sent to them. Students who receive these are not able to accept, or receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (International students only), however can defer or decline their offer by emailing the Research Student Unit.
- Students with unconditional offers can accept, defer or decline their offer online by emaling the letter back to the Research Student Unit.
The offer letter will answer most questions that might arise. Please ensure that you read the offer letter in its entirety, before accepting the offer.
For International Students:
- If you have applied for a UNSW scholarship, you may wait for the scholarship outcome before accepting the admission offer. You must complete the reply form of both the admission and scholarship offers to accept – please do not complete the online acceptance.
- Once you have accepted the offer and either paid the deposit or submitted your sponsorship/scholarship information, it will take up to five working days to create and release your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Once you receive this, you can apply for your visa.
Research Student Unit
Telephone: +61 2 6268 8112/8597
Ground Floor, Adams Auditorium,
All candidates who have accepted their offer of admission into a research program at UNSW need to enrol before commencing study. After accepting your offer, you will be emailed further information on the enrolment procedure. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are enrolled at the start of every semester and that your enrolment is correct.
Full-time enrolment in a higher degree research program is on the basis of at least 35-40 hours per week, 48 weeks per year (candidates can take up to 4 weeks holiday)
Part-time enrolment in a higher degree research program is on the basis of at least 15-20 hours per week, 48 weeks per year (candidates can take up to 4 weeks holiday)
After you are enrolled you can collect your ID card and set up IT accounts through the IT Help Desk:
IT Help Desk General Enquiries:
Telephone: + 61 02 6268 8140
To access online services at UNSW, you will need to use your student ID and zpass password.
- To gain your initial zPASS access, go to:
www.it.unsw.edu.au/students/zpass/create_zpass.html and follow the instructions.
For any enquires contact IT Service Desk Sydney:
Phone: +61 2 9385 1333
To access the on-campus computers and wireless you require to use your student ID and ADFApass.
- To gain your initial ADFAPASS access, go to:
www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/passwordreset follow the prompts.
For any enquires contact ICTS Helpdesk:
Phone: 02 6268 8140
Email: email@example.com (send your contact details)
Research Preparation Course
Attendance at the Postgraduate Researchers Orientation is compulsory for all candidates commencing a PhD or Masters research degrees and ensures a smooth transition to research study at UNSW.
The event will provide new research candidates with important information on:
- the Graduate Research School
- enrolment, progression and scholarship administration
- services provided across the University for research candidates
Attendees will also receive key publications at the event, including the Postgraduate Candidate Handbook and Essentials for Postgraduate Researchers. These publications provide a handy summary of documents needed throughout candidature including:
- relevant guidelines, policies and procedures
- advice and resources
- useful contacts
Induction is offered twice (Semester 1 and Semester 2). The program will be emailed to students after census date.
As a student you will have access to the Academy Library, Indoor sports centre, bookshop, coffee shop, bank, prayer room and the Research Student recreation area with a table tennis table. Plus we have a range of support services to help you with every aspect of your study. Click here for more information.
Graduate Research School (GRS)
Living and studying in Canberra
Canberra is the capital of Australia and is the site of Parliament House. It is about a 3-hour drive from the Sydney airport. Many countries also have their embassy located in Canberra. The word 'Canberra' is derived from the aboriginal word 'Kambera' which means "meeting place". ACTION, the government-operated bus service provide public transport
The following links will provide a student with more information on living, working and studying in Canberra
Accommodation - for information on permanent accommodation, please refer to the following links
- Uni Lodge Canberra Accommodation is central to the city area or within a short walk of a major shopping centre.
- All Homes
- All Saints College