Frequently Asked Questions

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Applications

 

All research degree applications are submitted through our Apply Online system. Before you apply you should read the important information and follow the recommended steps on the ‘How to Apply’ site. This will ensure you are prepared when you start your application. You can also read our “Research Application Preview’ to help you understand what information is required in your application.

Information on how to apply and required documents can be found here.

To be considered for admission into a PhD program both Honours 1 and Honours 2A (or equivalent) are the usual pathways to admission.

For Masters, you may be eligible if you have an Honours degree or a Bachelor degree with honours or a relevant Bachelor degree of at least 3 years and a minimum credit average.

In addition, international applicants must meet the University’s English language requirements.

There may be other ways to demonstrate eligibility for research degrees at UniSA. You can find more about the eligibility criteria here.

You may be admitted into a higher degree by research at UniSA without a tertiary qualification if you can demonstrate research capabilities through evidence of professional work experience in the field of proposed study and by relevant quality publications.  See UniSA’s Academic Regulations for Higher Degrees by Research for more information.

We require your relevant academic transcripts, which include detailed records of courses, subjects taken and individual grades achieved, as well as your conferral certificate.

Evidence of English proficiency and citizenship papers will need to be uploaded if you are an international applicant.

You will find a more detailed explanation on mandatory documents here.

As you are expected to be proficient in English you must provide evidence of your English comprehension and expression.

This can be demonstrated by passing an approved test, completing an approved Academic English program or meeting an alternative requirement.

You can find out more information about meeting English language requirements here.

IELTS is the preferred approved test, however we accept other English tests including TOEFL and the Pearson Test of English (PTE). You can find out more information about meeting English language requirements here.

Permanent residents of Australia are not required to provide evidence of English.

There may be a couple of reasons why your application cannot be progressed. One common reason is because the title of your research proposal is too long or it has unusual characters such as "#" or "/". Another reason to consider is you may have exceeded the “Word” limit for your research proposal or for other requested information. Check this first but if you are still having difficulty please contact the Graduate Research Admissions team on research.degrees@unisa.edu.au

You are not required to upload transcripts as the Graduate Research Admissions team can access your transcripts from UniSA’s student system.

You can search for a supervisor using the ‘find a supervisor’ search tool available from the link below. In the search field type in a word that best describes your research and select ‘search’, this will bring up a number of names of supervisors who are undertaking research in that field and may be able to support you.  It is advisable to contact them via email in the first instance to explain who you are and what your research is about. You could also contact the school or centre best suited for your research and they can help identify a suitable supervisor.

Information on how to find a supervisor is available here.  

Academic Referee Reports

 

Referee reports can only be accepted using our official Academic Referee Report form.  Letters of reference do not meet our requirements. You can still upload them to your application for extra supporting information.  

Read more about referee reports here.

For the main competitive scholarship rounds (International and Domestic), referees who are nominated as supervisors must have acted as a supervisor for the applicant previously (academically or professionally).

For non-competitive scholarships referees can be nominated supervisors who have not previously been your supervisor.

You can use professional referees. Referee reports must come from the professional nominees business email.

More information here.

Referee reports must be submitted by your nominated referee via their official university/business email address or by post with the official university stamp and their original signature on it. We cannot accept any referee report sent by the applicant.

More information here.

Supporting Documents

 

These are not your original document from your University or College.  These documents are copies of those transcripts and final certificates stating your conferral date and degree signed by an eligible Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Oaths, Public Notary or other formally recognised authority (for example, a lawyer, doctor, police or university official).

The Official must sight the original and the copy of the document and ‘certify’ the copy by writing 'I certify that the copy is a true copy of the original document'

These documents cannot be emailed to UniSA as we need to make sure of the validity of the certification. These only need to be supplied if requested from the Graduate Research Admissions office.

When you apply online, you can upload the copy of the document to your application as an additional document or where specified. UniSA will only request to see the original certified documents if you are recommended for admission or scholarship.

Cost of Tuition Fees

 

Domestic research degree students receive a Research Training Program fee offset scholarship which covers their tuition for a limited time. Under the RTP Fee Offset:

  • Doctoral students are exempt from tuition fees for up to the equivalent of 4 years full time.
  • Masters by Research students are exempt from tuition fees for up to the equivalent of 2 years full time.

Please read the information here.

A full list of program codes and plans, including tuition fees, are available here.

Agent

 

You can nominate a UniSA recognised agent at any time during the application process.

More information is available here.

Scholarships

 

The stipend is paid for educational purposes. Under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 scholarships paid to full-time students for educational purposes are treated as exempt income. Advice on the taxation status on any type of income derived from a full-time or part-time stipend scholarship must be sought from the Australian Taxation Office. Graduate Research Admissions do not make comments in relation to taxation criteria.  You can contact the Taxation department for information regarding external scholarships.  

In exceptional circumstances, scholarships may be awarded on a part-time basis.  The University must be satisfied that the exceptional circumstances relate to significant caring commitments or a medical condition which limits the student’s capacity to undertake full-time study. Some externally funded scholarships allow part-time study, please refer to individual conditions.

You do not apply to UniSA first. You must apply directly to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through their website. If you successfully secure a scholarship the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will contact UniSA.

The Endeavour team will notify you if you are successful recipient or not.

UniSA supply the offer letter for admission to the university conditional upon being awarded the Endeavour Award.

Family members are not able to support a living stipend for an International Research Tuition Scholarship (IRTS). The IRTS are awarded to international candidates on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated research capability, and who will be supported during their degree by a full living stipend supported by external funding. The living stipend needs to be in the form of an externally funded scholarship administered through the University or agreement with a sponsorship body or organisation.

Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)

 

We will issue you a CoE within 5 working days after meeting the conditions of offer. The conditions of offer are listed (usually on page 2 or 3) in the letter you receive from Graduate Research Admissions team via email.

Australian Study Visa

 

You will need to check the Australian Governments Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website. Details may change so we advise you to contact the DIBP.

You will need to check the Australian Governments Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website. Details may change so we advise you to contact the DIBP.

Overseas Student Health Cover

 

All students receive the same 'Advantage OSHC' under a single, couples or family policy. More information here.

BUPA is the preferred partner to UniSA; however, you can choose any health fund you wish, provided you are not on a scholarship that covers OSHC. More information here.

The RTPi will cover a single, couple or family OSHC for the duration of your candidature. A standard OSHC policy covers the costs of medical and hospital care in Australia and most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport. The family rate of OSHC is available to international research degree students accompanied by dependants.’ International research degree students may wish to purchase extra OSHC if they require cover for ancillary services such as dental, optical or physiotherapy.

UPS scholarship will cover a single person only for the duration of your candidature. A standard OSHC policy covers the costs of medical and hospital care in Australia and most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport. The family rate of OSHC is available to international research degree students accompanied by dependants; however, the additional cost of family cover is not covered by the UPS.

International research degree students may wish to purchase extra OSHC if they require cover for ancillary services such as dental, optical or physiotherapy.

Please refer to your Offer Letter as different scholarships have differing benefits and conditions.  You will find the information on page 2 of your offer letter.

Research Periods

 

Research Periods are the dates a research degree student will be enrolled. Each Research Period has an ‘enrol by’ date and a Census date.

Research period dates are:

  • Research Period 1, 2018 (Commencement January to March)
  • Research Period 2, 2018 (Commencement April to June)
  • Research Period 3, 2018 (Commencement July to September)
  • Research Period 4, 2018 (Commencement October to December)

Research degree students are enrolled in either Research Period 1 and 3, or Research Period 2 and 4.

Short Term Research

 

If you are a senior undergraduate student, postgraduate student or research degree student from a university/institute in Australia or overseas, you may be able to undertake a short-term research project in one of the University's research concentrations. More information is available here.