Join a research team where your research work will support new medical innovations and discoveries that make a difference in creating better future in healthcare. As a higher degree research candidate at UNSW Medicine, you’ll learn alongside globally recognised researchers and clinicians at our state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities within an engaging research culture.

Study Higher Degree Research

The Doctor of Philosophy candidates undertake an original and critical research project that makes a significant contribution to existing knowledge of relevance both nationally and internationally. Candidates carry out their research under the supervision of some of Australia’s leading researchers.

A Masters of Science by Research is your opportunity to contribute new knowledge within your chosen scientific discipline. You'll use research skills and methodologies to demonstrate your original scientific insights.

The Master of Surgery requires an original contribution to knowledge in a field related to surgery. The program is offered at Prince of Wales Clinical School, St George and Sutherland Clinical School, St Vincent's Clinical School, South Western Sydney Clinical School.

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) combines a thesis comprising an original piece of research that is at least 66% of the degree, and compulsory coursework with research training relevant to the field of study. The Master of Philosophy may provide a pathway to the PhD program and is offered at School of Psychiatry, School of Public Health and Community Medicine and The George Institute for Global Health.

Offered by the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, the UNSW Future Health Leaders Program is a workplace-based 3-year professional doctorate for candidates identified as future leaders. The focus of this program is health management, public health and health leadership. The training in this program is provided while candidates work full-time with a week of intensive workshops in August on campus each term.

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Explore Our Research Themes

UNSW Medicine researchers are translating research into breakthrough cures in some of the most critical areas of medicine, including cancer, neuroscience, mental health, addiction, infectious disease, immunity and inflammation, and cardiac, metabolic and vascular medicine. Explore our research themes to discover where you can focus your higher degree research.

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Supervision During Your Higher Degree Research

As an HDR candidates at UNSW Medicine, you’ll benefit from the guidance and supervision of globally recognised researchers. All UNSW Medicine HDR supervisors follow supervision practices, UNSW policies, procedures and all relevant resources. New supervisors at UNSW must take the Essentials of Supervision training and pass the associated assessment before they’re eligible to become a primary supervisor and lead a supervisory team at HDR level.

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Ready to apply for a higher degree research program at UNSW Medicine? Go to the UNSW Graduate Research School to find the information you need to know, including where to find the application form for admission and scholarship, the supporting documents you need to provide, and the key dates for your application.

UNSW Medicine offers various graduate research scholarships to domestic and international higher degree research candidates. Some scholarship schemes also offer additional funding for career development and internship opportunities with our leading industry partners.

Choosing to pursue a Higher Degree Research program is a significant and, sometimes, overwhelming undertaking. That's why we provide multiple streams of services and resources to support our HDR candidates, whatever your unique circumstances may be.

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Want to Know More?

Our Higher Degree Research team of experienced academic staff can offer advice and guidance on our HDR courses and research. If you have any queries about your program or studying with us, we'd love to hear from you.

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