3. Find a supervisor

You'll need to find a suitable supervisor for your degree, and there are several ways of doing this. For example they could be a UniSA academic you’ve worked with in the past, or someone whose research you’ve read and whose expertise matches your area of interest.

Who can supervise my degree?

In your online application, you are asked to provide the name of your proposed supervisor at UniSA. Whilst you can still apply without nominating a supervisor, it is preferable to identify a supervisor for your project.

  • Applicants for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Masters by Research programs must find an academic staff member prepared to supervise their research project.
  • Applicants for research professional doctorates must contact the program director

Please note: an academic staff member agreeing to supervise your research is not a guarantee that your application will be successful.

How can I find a supervisor?

Explore one or more of these ways to find a supervisor for your research project.

  1. Search for academic staff in the Directory of Research Expertise
  2. Use the research degree program directory to find out about research areas available and key research staff
  3. Contact a research degree coordinator (or equivalent) in the relevant research area. This person can refer you to a potential supervisor/research project.

Deciding on a suitable research project

In your online application, you will be required to answer some questions about your proposed research.

  • A supervisor or research degree coordinator may be able to offer help with your research topic.
  • Some research topics may be available within projects being undertaken by academic staff in their school or institute.

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Areas of study and research

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