How to apply

A six-step guide

Are you interested in applying to do a research degree at the University of South Australia? Research degree applications are made through our Apply Online facility, a secure step-by-step online service. The majority of research degree scholarships offered by the University of South Australia are also applied for using Apply Online.

But before you apply you need to do some research on your research. Follow our six-step guide through the process of preparing your application to maximise your chances of success.

Please note there is a specific application process for those wishing to apply for a PhD or Masters by Research in Management. Learn more about the application process for the PhD in Management here. Learn more about the application process for the Masters by Research in Management here.

Important dates

UniSA's main round of entry is in the first half of the calendar year (referred to as Research period 1) which has a preferred commencement date of 18 February. Application closing dates for main round entry are:

  • Domestic students applying for University-wide scholarships: School of Management 10 October*, all other applicants 31 October
  • International students applying for University-wide scholarships: School of Management 10 August*, all other applicants 31 August
  • Students applying for other scholarships may need to consider different closing dates: see relevant scholarship pages. Of particular note, international students applying for Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships must apply to the Graduate Research: Admissions Office by 16 May.  

*The School of Management requires applicants to provide additional documentation and undertake a video interview as part of their assessment. More information regarding the School of Management application process is available here.

Students not applying for a scholarship may apply (and commence) at any time. 

Check the research degrees calendar for all key dates, including mid-year entry (Study period 5). 

Fee information

Find out more about the fee structure for domestic and international students.

International applicants: what you should know

If you are an international applicant it is your responsibility to be aware of any visa and other immigration requirements. Depending on which country you are from, you may need to familiarise yourself with UN and Australian Autonomous Sanctions.

You may also be interested in learning more about student services at UniSA, your rights as a student and living in Adelaide.

Interested in what our research degree students are up to? Find out more in our Research Edge online newsletter.

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility

    Go to step 1: Check your eligibility

    Take the first of six steps towards applying to do a research degree – check whether you are eligible.

    Go to step 1
  • Go to Apply Online

    Go to Apply Online

    Ready to apply now? If you've finished preparing and are ready start your application, go directly to Apply Online.

    Apply now
  • Got a question?

    Got a question?

    Feel free to get in touch with the Graduate Research team if you have any questions.

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