Masters by Research

Your Path into Higher Degree Research

A Masters by Research is your opportunity to engage in serious research and contribute new knowledge to your area of research interest. Building on the skills and knowledge developed during your undergraduate study, you'll develop insight and critical research skills, master strong research methodologies, and complete an original research project for your thesis, under the support and guidance of a supervisor. 

This master's degree provides you with the experience and expert knowledge you need to confidently approach PhD studies. A research degree from UNSW Canberra will also advance your career possibilities, providing you with the transferable skills required to pursue challenging and diverse roles within research, academia, government, industry, or business. 

Graduate research candidates are driven by naturally inquiring minds and have a passion for solving problems and advancing humanity. To be eligible for this degree, you must show clear potential to undertake significant independent research by successful completion of a relevant honours degree; professional work following a relevant undergraduate degree, or completion of a postgraduate coursework degree with a significant research component.


Explore Your Research Options

Explore our available Master by Research options and be inspired to join a diverse group of scholars and research students making positive impacts worldwide. 


Scholarships & Funding

UNSW offers a wide range of scholarships and funding to both domestic and international students at all levels of study. Research candidates with exceptional potential who plan to undertake a higher degree by research are invited to apply for scholarships that provide a range of benefits and financial support such as an annual stipend, tuition fees, and student health cover. 

Find a Research Supervisor

UNSW Canberra academics are leaders in their fields and are eager to work with emerging researchers from around the world. The expertise of our scholars covers a wide breadth of research areas. They will guide and support you through your higher degree postgraduate research study. 

Access to World-Class Teaching & Research Facilities

We’re home to several cutting-edge facilities dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s most complex problems.  

Our purpose-built workshops, laboratories, and specialised training facilities make UNSW Canberra the ideal location to gain hands-on experience and prepare you for your future career.  

School Contacts

Student Enquiries:

Higher Degree Research Coordinator
Dr Katie Moon
T: +61 2 5114 5694



General Enquiries:

Research Coordinator (Admissions)
Dr Daryl Essam
T: +61 2 5114 5130


Student Enquiries:

Research Coordinator
Dr Christina Spittel
T: +61 2 5114 5069




General Enquiries:

Postgraduate Research Coordinator
Dr Timothy Trudgian
T: +61 2 5114 5026