Become a Higher Degree Research Candidate

Research Culture

Be part of a research team where your work will support new medical innovations and discoveries and make a difference towards a better future in healthcare.

As a Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidate at UNSW Medicine, you will have the opportunity to learn alongside globally recognised researchers and clinicians at our state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities.

UNSW Medicine is one of Australia’s leading research-focused medical faculties and provides HDR candidates with an outstanding and engaging research culture.

Through our university-wide affiliations, our researchers are producing world-leading research in the fields of:

This four-themed approach to research is inclusive, promoting the links between academics and clinicians, across disciplines and across faculties.

Degrees: PhD, MSc (Res), MPhil, Professional Doctorate

UNSW Medicine offers a variety of Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs through our schools, centres and institutes depending on your area of research.

If you would like to learn more, please contact the corresponding school’s Postgraduate Administrators and UNSW Graduate Research School

*offered at Prince of Wales Clinical School, St George and Sutherland Clinical School, St Vincent's Clinical School, South Western Sydney Clinical School
**offered at School of Psychiatry, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, The George Institute for Global Health
***offered at School of Public Health and Community Medicine


As one of our HDR candidates, you will work with the guidance and supervision of globally recognised researchers during your graduate research years.

All UNSW Medicine HDR supervisors follow supervision practices, UNSW policies, procedures and all relevant resources.

All new supervisors at UNSW are required to take the Essentials of Supervision training and pass the associated assessment before they are eligible to become a primary supervisor and lead a supervisory team at HDR level.

How to find a supervisor:

It is essential you familiarise yourself on how to find a supervisor and supervisory team in your research area.

You can also find resources in the following links or from UNSW Medicine schools’ HDR webpages, Postgraduate Coordinators and Administrators


UNSW offers various Graduate Research Scholarships Schemes to both Domestic and International Higher Degree Research candidates.

Some scholarship schemes offer additional funding for career development and the opportunity of internship with an Industry Partner.



Support for New HDR Candidates in Medicine

Faculty Induction

This Meet & Greet lunch is an opportunity to meet with UNSW representatives who could provide supporting services throughout your candidature.

Medicine HDR Peer Mentoring Program

During their first year, HDR Candidates may face different challenges along the way. At UNSW Medicine, newly commenced candidates are encouraged to participate in the HDR Peer Mentoring Program. With the guidance from senior HDR candidates, this program will provide participants with insight on how to navigate the first year of their HDR candidature and to establish a network of peers.