Our research

We equip changemakers for success through innovative research.

If you feel the desire to write a book, what would it be about?
Research excellence

Top 5 rating in Excellence in Research in Australia

Investment into the future

$11 million in research funding

Renowned thought-leaders

245+ research publications

UNSW School of Social Sciences is motivated by the pursuit of social justice and transformative social change. Our world-leading research is recognised for its academic excellence, interdisciplinarity and social impact. 

We have an exceptional community of active researchers and a vibrant cohort of about 100 higher degree research students. 

Our fundamental and applied research approach makes us one of the top-performing universities in the world. We have strong partnerships with key organisations and are recognised locally and globally for our social impact.

Research excellence

Benchmarked with the highest global rating of 5 in the latest Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2018), our school’s studies in human society research are among the best in the world.

Year on year, we support an innovative, creative and stimulating environment, which enables us to hold our standing among the world’s leading universities. Our researchers thrive in an environment that celebrates achievements, nurtures talent and promotes collaboration.

Research programs 

A research degree at UNSW School of Social Sciences will open doors to academic, research and professional roles nationally and internationally. 

We offer both a Masters by Research (MRes) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in each of our research areas: development studies, politics and international relations, social research and policy, social work, and sociology. 

In addition, we also have Professional Doctorate programs available in social work and public policy & governance

Research networks

Our research networks tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our generation.

How to apply

Learn how to apply for your course, and review entry pathways, course requirements, important dates and more.
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Scholarships and prizes

We are global leaders in research, academic excellence and social impact. Explore opportunities within UNSW School of Social Sciences.
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Meet our researchers

UNSW School of Social Sciences is home to world-leading academic staff. Find a researcher to partner with, supervise your study or guide your research project.