What you can study

Once you work out whether you want to study a PhD, professional doctorate or masters by research, you can find a research degree program in your discipline area.

View the Academic regulations and Code of good practice for more information about types of degrees and University of South Australia regulations/guidelines.

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs (three to four years full-time equivalent), provide training and education with the objective of producing graduates with the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality. By the end of the degree program, the PhD student will be capable of independently designing and executing original research that generates new knowledge.

Research degree programs

Professional doctorate

A professional doctorate (three to four years full-time equivalent) is a rigorous program of advanced study and research, designed specifically to meet the needs of industry and professional groups. Professional doctorates usually consist of a blend of coursework and research.

Professional doctorate programs

Masters by research

Masters by research programs (two years full-time equivalent) aim to train students in analysing their thesis topic at an advanced level, applying research methodology and techniques to contribute new knowledge to their field, under appropriate supervision.

Research degree programs

  • Find your research degree

     Find the right research degree for you.

    Find the right research degree for you.

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  • Are you eligible?

     Check your eligibility for postgraduate research and learn about pathways to entry.

    Check your eligibility for postgraduate research and learn about pathways to entry.

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  • Start your application

     We guide you step-by-step through the application process from finding a supervisor, to finding a scholarship.

    We guide you step-by-step through the application process from finding a supervisor to finding a scholarship.

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Research degrees at the University of South Australia

  •  Find out about scholarships available for research degree students.

    Scholarships

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    Student experiences

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  •  Find out about the outcomes of completing a research degree at UniSA.

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  •  If you want to find out more about doing a research degree at UniSA, you can make an enquiry here.

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Areas of study and research

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