RESEARCH DEGREES

Advance your unstoppable career with a research degree

At UniSA you will undertake a research degree at a university where 100% of our research is rated at or above world-class*, with expert supervisors and state-of-the-art facilities.

Our research degree students partner with industry and end-users of research, developing skills for research excellence with career relevance.

Apply for one of our many research degree projects or develop your own project, and you will create new knowledge, become an expert in your field, and make a tangible difference.

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No.1 IN AUSTRALIA FOR RESEARCH IMPACT AND ENGAGEMENT

2018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact – Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed
Fields.

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100% OF OUR ASSESSED RESEARCH RATED AT OR ABOVE WORLD-CLASS

2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

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#1 IN AUSTRALIA FOR INDUSTRY RESEARCH INCOME

2021 THE World University Rankings

 

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Featured research degree projects

Hear from our researchers

Some of our unstoppable researchers and PhD candidates talk about undertaking a research degree at UniSA.

Social science research degrees

Professor Siobhan Banks from the Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre shares why UniSA is the perfect place to study a research degree in social sciences.

Arts research degrees

Professor Simon Biggs from the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments – IVE – shares why you should study a research degree in arts, architecture or design at UniSA.

Health research degrees

Associate Professor Michael Samuel from the Centre for Cancer Biology talks about where a research degree in health at UniSA can take you.

Business research degrees

Professor Rachel Kennedy from the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, talks about the benefits of studying a business or marketing research degree at UniSA.

What our PhD candidates and graduates are saying

"Probably my favourite experience during my PhD program, was travelling to London and doing a six month internship with business and news broadcaster, CNBC. I was also given other opportunities to travel, to present at conferences and deliver seminars to the Institute's corporate sponsors. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have grown and expanded my professional skill set whilst undertaking a research degree. I believe this has made me a well-rounded researcher and also a competitive candidate for marketing research positions in industry."

Dr Cathy Nguyen

PhD graduate  |  Senior Marketing Scientist, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science

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Dr Cathy Nguyen

PhD graduate  |  Senior Marketing Scientist, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science

"My PhD with the Australian Track Cycling Team is focused on using the Critical Power model. This model decribes the maximal work capacity of elite athletes through aerobic and anearobic contributions to exercise. As part of my research I worked directly alongside the head coach of the Australian team, providing sport science support in areas of physiology, biomechancis and performance analysis."

Jason Bartram

PhD candidate  |  Head Coach of the Autralian Women's Track Cycling Endurance Team

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Jason Bartram

PhD candidate  |  Head Coach of the Autralian Women's Track Cycling Endurance Team

Megan investigated the ways in which culture and practices in a secondary school can foster a students' sense of belonging as a foundation for their learning. "I really enjoyed working with my research participants and being able to tell their story to some degree. Plus, my PhD also helped me gain confidence in myself and my abilities – it's been amazing to see how much I've grown during my studies."

Dr Megan Curry

PhD graduate  |  Academic at UniSA

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Dr Megan Curry

PhD graduate  |  Academic at UniSA

Hear from some of our PhD graduates

Health research degrees

Former health PhD students share why you should study a research degree at UniSA.

STEM research degrees

Dr Joe O'Leary discusses his PhD experience at UniSA.

How to apply

Follow our step-by-step guide through the process of preparing your application to maximise your chances of success.

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Contact us

For any queries about undertaking a research degree at the University of South Australia please contact the Graduate Research Admissions team. We can provide you with further information about your area of research interest.

Graduate Research Admissions
p: +61 8 8302 5880
e: research.degrees@unisa.edu.au

Location
Level 2, 101 Currie Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Australia

Postal address
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA 5001
Australia