Application Process in 4 Steps


1.  Eligibility and Research Area

Prior to submitting an application, ensure you have read and understand the basic entry requirements for the PhD or Master by Research programs. There may be additional requirements at the School level for specialisations.

You will also need to determine which School or Centre your area of research interest would best fit. 


2.  Find a Supervisor

This step involves finding a researcher who is knowledgeable in your area of interest, has good research skills and someone who you are able to build a working relationship with. Making contact with the potential supervisor is critical as this is the chance to discuss your ideas and learn about who will be assisting your research.

A few tips for finding a supervisor  include:

  • Contact the Postgraduate Coordinator in the relevant School for assistance
  • Explore the Schools websites to see what current research is being conducted.
  • UNSW Research Gateway to search for academics by their interests.


3.  The Application

All applicants must apply online. Application deadline for Semester 1 is 31 January and Semester 2 is 30 May. Late applications may be accepted in special circumstances.

All applicants must supply supporting documentation for admission via email.  Ensure you following the guidelines for document naming conventions.

Scholarship Applications

Scholarship applications are submitted separately through the Graduate Research School.  For detailed application process and important dates please refer to the GRS website.

It is important to note, documents that were submitted as part of your application process should not be resubmitted.  Additionally, once your Scholarship application is submitted, you will not be contacted until the ranking process is finalised.


4.  Accepting Your Offer

Once successful, you will receive a Letter of Offer which outlines your acceptance procedures.  For any questions about the acceptance process please contact