Higher Degrees by Research (PhD and Master)

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

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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.

Studying a Master of Philosphy (MPhil) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) will provide you with the chance to engage with exciting research projects with significant societal impact and potential industry engaged research opportunities.

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** Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

Access the benefits

  • Become a field expert, make an impact on society and solve real life problems and global issues
  • Access scholarships that provide a tax free living allowance equivalent to a taxed income of $33,000 - $55,000 (subject to eligibility criteria) 
  • No tuition fee scholarships provided to eligible candidates
  • Participate in 120+ hours of free professional development
  • Develop industry experience and networks 
  • Develop skills in creativity, critical thinking and problem solving 
  • Form lifelong connections through social activities.

HDR Research Opportunities FAQs

As a postgraduate research student in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), you will:

Career pathways

Studying a higher degree by research can provide you with the skills and experience to pursue different career opportunities, particularly a career in research. Employers recognise that the research ability and broad range of employability skills which University of Adelaide graduates possess, equip them well for challenging and diverse roles in industry, government and business, as well as in research and academic organisations.

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

  • government
  • tertiary education
  • research institutes
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • new start-ups
  • corporate sector

Other graduates have even started their own companies in their field of expertise!

Industry engaged research

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. You will also have the opportunity to undertake professional development activities offered by the University or your organisation.

More information about UAIPHD

Further enquiries

For more information, please contact the Adelaide Graduate Centre.

Information for new and current HDR students

Learn about the higher degree by research induction program and all the resources you'll need during your candidature with ECMS.

New and Current student resources

Current projects and scholarships



Multiple PhD scholarships with Codan and Playford Trust

Initial focus for this group will be the development of dissimilar technologies to support GPS-denied ranging, location, tracking and navigation. Applications close 31 May 2021.



Mathematical Sciences Phd opportunity - Modelling the Marginal Ice Zone

This PhD project is an opportunity to develop and implement state-of-the art models of Antarctic sea ice. Applications close Wednesday 31 March 2021.