How to Apply

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Research Program Application Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for Research study at UNSW, including PhD, Masters by Research, and Masters of Philosophy, are available online through the UNSW Research website. In addition to University requirements, applicants to UNSW Medicine Higher Degree Research programs must also meet Faculty's eligibilty requirements, available on the UNSW Medicine website.

All applicants, domestic and international, must meet the UNSW English language entry requirements before they can be offered admission.

You may also find it helpful to use the UNSW HDR Self-Assessment Tool in order to determine your eligibility for admission and scholarship.

Preparing your Application

All applications for Higher Degree Research programs is administered by the UNSW Graduate Research School, and their website is a great resource to assist in your research application preparations.

It is highly recommended that you have established contact with an affiliated SVCS supervisor before submitting an application. To search for a supervisor or project that best align with your research interest, please see UNSW Find a Researcher page or search our Available Projects page.

Applications for PhDs and Masters by Research must be submitted online via UNSW Apply Online. Supporting documentation including transcripts, research proposals and proof of contact with your potential supervisor should be submitted at the same time through the online application portal. 

Key Dates 

UNSW introduced a new HDR Academic Calendar in 2019, please note that there are now three main enrolment intakes.

If you are applying for a UNSW Research Scholarship, please note that there are three rounds throughout the year, open to both International and Domestic candidates. Please ensure that in your admission application you select the scholarship round which aligns with the term you wish to start your research degree. Information regarding UNSW Research Scholarship Rounds and deadlines available here.