Higher Degrees by Research
Whether you intend to work in academia, government or industry, a higher degree by research can give you a competitive edge throughout your career.
With our research areas positioned above world standards*, and six disciplines ranked in the top 50 globally^, our internationally renowned academics are at the cutting edge of research and discovery.
By undertaking a research degree with us, you will be involved in discovery, innovation and cutting-edge research. Our strong focus on addressing global challenges creates a highly stimulating setting for our students interested in changing the world.
We provide a stimulating environment for research students. Be part of a thriving research culture which promotes excellence, fosters creativity and catalyses success.
Finding research opportunities
Research degrees in laboratories and groups at the University are highly competitive.
Finding a research project that drives your passion is a two-step process:
- You need to find an opportunity to work on a project that interests you, and then
- You will need to find a supervisor to work with.
Your highest chance of success will likely come from identifying areas that are a good ‘fit’ to your own research interests and your previous research experience.
If you find a lab or group that matches the criteria, contact them directly by email to introduce yourself. At this point, you should provide evidence of your academic achievements and, most importantly, details and evidence of your previous research training, such as scientific publications.
Found a research opportunity?
Once you have decided on a research project, an Academic will need to assess your eligibility.
- academic transcripts
- current CV
- completed expression of interest form
Once you have emailed the above to your potential supervisor, you can apply for admission and scholarships through the Adelaide Graduate Research School.
Admissions and scholarship applications
The Adelaide Graduate Research School administers applications for both admission and scholarships (domestic and international).
Scholarships for research degrees are available to international and domestic students. You can increase your chances of gaining a scholarship by having an established list of published research papers in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals.
The University of Adelaide Industry PhD (UAiPhD) is an exceptional and innovative 4 year program, which includes a 6 month industry placement.
Gain valuable understanding about how organisations innovate and solve real world problems, making an impact with your research while gaining a significant employment advantage.