Higher Degrees by Research

Whether you intend to work in research or industry, a higher degree by research can give you a competitive edge throughout your career.

Working with a dedicated supervisor, our postgraduate research students receive a world-class education from a university ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.

We offer the following higher degrees by research:

Higher degrees by research are specialised so that you can make a real impact in a chosen area of study. If you want to focus your research on a topic within the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematical and Computer Sciences, see our research themes and capabilities.

Higher degrees by research

Develop your research and professional skills

Our higher degree by research students undertake professional development activities through the University's Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) program. By undertaking a higher degree by research, you may have the opportunity to work with experts in the field and develop connections with industry.

Career pathways

Many of our graduates are now working in consulting, research, data analytics and management positions within:

  • government
  • tertiary education
  • research institutes
  • the corporate sector.

Other graduates have started up their own companies in their field of expertise.

Are there tuition fees?

Domestic students

There are no tuition fees for domestic students completing a higher degree by research. All domestic students who enrol in a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) will be allocated a Research Training Program Fees Offset place provided by the Commonwealth Government.

You may also be eligible for a tax free Research Training Program stipend. For more information, please see RTP Awards. Other scholarships are available to assist with the living expenses associated with full or part time study.

International students

If you are an international student, tuition fees apply for higher degrees by research. If your application is successful, your supervisor may discuss fee options and scholarships with you.

Do I qualify for a research scholarship?

Securing a research scholarship is highly competitive. If you have excelled in your studies, we encourage you to apply for a postgraduate research scholarship.

Generally, candidates who are offered a scholarship have:

  • achieved exceptional academic results
  • can demonstrate previous research achievements through undergraduate or Masters research projects undertaken in Australia and internationally.

In addition, successful international applicants have:

  • graduated from a highly-ranked institution
  • outstanding references and high-quality, first-author papers in international journals.

The University has a number of postgraduate research scholarships for domestic and international students.

Enquire now

If you have any questions about higher degrees by research, please contact the Adelaide Graduate Centre:

Tel: +61 8 8313 5882
Facsimile: +61 8313 5725
Email: graduate.centre@adelaide.edu.au 

Enquire online

Apply for a Summer Research Scholarship

Are you completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Adelaide? If you are considering further study, Adelaide's Summer Research Scholarships provide an introduction to research, via a six-week summer research project. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 28 September 2018.

Apply now