Why do a research degree?

A research degree is an advanced program of study allowing you to investigate a topic with relevance to your field. Under the supervision of world-class researchers you will learn and apply advanced research methodologies to produce new knowledge and provide solutions to challenges within your discipline area.

Completing a research degree means becoming an expert in your field. It’s your opportunity to take a topic that interests you, explore it in depth, tackle intellectual, creative and practical challenges, and communicate your findings.

Four very good reasons to do research degree

1. Challenge yourself

  • You will need to work hard, be dedicated and think analytically at a high level.
  • Tackle completely new research and different research methods, or extend research already undertaken.

2. Increase your career opportunities

  • A research qualification provides evidence of independent thought and the ability to manage a research project in a given timeframe.
  • Your research could allow you to develop a new specialisation, academic field or career.

3. Make your ideas public

  • Your research findings may be published, presented at conferences, provide a commercial return and have a positive impact on society.

4. Contribute to society

  • Discover new methods, understandings and techniques, and solve a real-world problem.


Why the University of South Australia?

Six very good reasons 

1. Research degree programs

2. Scholarships specific to the University

3. People and resources support 

  • Research education advisers, international student advisers, counsellors and disability advisers
  • Academic librarians in disciplines and designated teams
  • Regular planning, review and other quality assurance processes to ensure your success
  • On-campus workshops and online support materials

4. Research performance

  • A commitment to working collaboratively to create and apply knowledge
  • Internationally and nationally recognised areas of research strength
  • A commitment to fostering and continually improving a research-rich environment

5. National and international partnerships

  • Multidisciplinary teams work with industry, government, other education providers and the professions, nationally and internationally, on projects relevant and beneficial to industry and the community.
  • Many students join teams which collaborate to work on fundamental and applied projects.

6. Research achievements

Areas of study and research

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