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.
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.
Many of our graduates are now working in consulting, research, data analytics and management positions within:
- tertiary education
- research institutes
- the corporate sector.
Other graduates have started up their own companies in their field of expertise.
Are there tuition fees?
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.
How to apply for a higher degree by research
The Adelaide Graduate Centre administers both domestic and international postgraduate research applications. To apply for a higher degree by research, see the Admission and/or Scholarship Application Process.
Identifying your area of research and supervisor
After checking you comply with all Entry Requirements (Step 1) of the Adelaide Graduate Centre’s Admission and/or Scholarship Application Process go to Step 2 Find a Supervisor. Select your preferred area of research and supervisor within the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
To do so, you’ll need to:
- review our research themes and capabilities and select your preferred area of interest
- identify your preferred supervisor from the list of researchers within that research area
- submit an expression of interest form to the appropriate Postgraduate Coordinator. See the example form for guidance.
- if you are experiencing difficulties establishing contact with a supervisor or Postgraduate Coordinator and are unable to identify a researcher in your area of interest, you can submit a request via the Find a Supervisor form.
What happens next?
- We will contact you if you are both eligible for entry, and a suitable supervisor is available.
- Your prospective supervisor may arrange an interview with you in person or via Skype.
- You will be asked to produce a 2,500-word research proposal. If you have completed Honours at the University of Adelaide, you can use your Honours research project report.
Submitting your application
Follow Steps 3 to 5 of the Adelaide Graduate Centre’s Admission and/or Scholarship Application Process to complete your application.
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.