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.
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.
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.
As a postgraduate research student in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), you will:
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:
- 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!
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.
Finding research opportunities
Finding a research project that drives your passion is a two-step process:
- You need to find an opportunity to work on a project that interests you, and then
- You will need to find a supervisor to work with.
As a first step, we encourage you to view our range of available research projects and scholarship opportunities.
Alternatively, we encourage you to take a look at our research capabilities in your area of interest. Our research teams have expertise across a wide range of areas and many of our researchers are available to assist with research project supervision for Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy students. Follow the link to our HDR Research Opportunities Guide if you would like to discuss opportunities for a potential research topic.
Found a research opportunity?
Once you have decided on a research project, an Academic will need to assess your eligibility.
- academic transcripts
- current CV
- completed Expression of Interest form
Once you have emailed the above to your potential supervisor, you can apply for admission and scholarships through the Adelaide Graduate Centre:
How to apply
The Adelaide Graduate Centre administers applications for both admission and scholarships (domestic and international).
Use our Researcher Profiles to find out more about potential supervisors.
The Clive E Boyce Scholarship was established to fund one postgraduate scholarship in the undertaking of research activities or study-related travel by a current or commencing higher degree by research student in the School of Architecture and Built Environment. Applications close 12 April.
In 2021, the HDR Travelling Scholarship is available to all 2nd year MPhil or 2nd/3rd year PhD students to cover registration fees for participating in peer-reviewed virtual conferences or conferences held in Adelaide. Applications close 12 April.
This project aims to design catalyst materials for the production of future fuels (green ammonia, hydrocarbon and alcohol). Facilitated by advanced computation techniques and reliable catalyst materials design procedure, this project will address the biggest challenge in future fuel generation, which is the lack of efficient catalyst materials.
This project aims to develop, test, and verify the impacts of local markets on the operation, profit and business model of the aggregator. To that end, the game theory will be used to form the interaction between prosumers, local market platform and the aggregator operation considering the potential of islanded operation as a business case for the aggregator. Applications open until filled.
This project will combine mathematical modelling and data science approaches to improve our understanding of how food deserts arise in a city, accounting for community factors such as median household income, local geography, and other relevant population demographics. Applications close 16 April 2021.
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.