Leading edge defence research in an increasingly complex security landscape.
We’re an internationally recognised, successful, research-intensive university listed first in Australia for research excellence and impact. Though renowned for our excellence in defence research, we also generate new knowledge across a range of fields in non-defence related areas. Examples include bushfire prediction modelling, gender equality and healthcare policy.
Our research extends across the globe, and we value our community of world-class scholars who consistently produce high-quality research. UNSW Canberra fosters an excellent research environment; our international collaborations, study programs and state-of-the-art research facilities enable us to make ground-breaking discoveries to help change industry and government.
Our research in security and defence promotes peace and stability in a challenging geopolitical environment. View information on AUKUS and the PLuS Alliance in addition to other key research areas.
Research excellence is the backbone of UNSW Canberra’s quality learning and teaching experiences. We’re one of the top specialist institutions in the world, achieving a significant international research profile and securing Australia’s future through defence partnerships.
Our centres, institutes and initiatives provide innovative research across a number of specialist areas including cyber security, systems engineering and public sector services. We proudly deliver capability and international thought leadership through our global academic and industry partnerships.
We partner with local, national and international organisations. We foster mutually beneficial relationships with a broad range of organisations. Our collaborators include local small businesses, major defence companies, state and federal governments and other institutes.
The Defence Research Institute (DRI) in Canberra unifies UNSW’s defence-related research with global academic and industry partnerships to develop and deliver the best defence and security capabilities.
From unique laboratories to one of the most comprehensive defence research libraries in the southern hemisphere, explore what we can offer you through our state-of-the-art research facilities.
We have expertise and experience working with our research partners, from conception through to commercialisation. We can advise on the potential to access Commonwealth and state-level funding dedicated to supporting innovative research between industry and universities.
Explore our wide range of PhD study opportunities.
We deliver an unparalleled postgraduate research environment specifically designed to help HDR candidates thrive in their chosen field of research.
Explore our range of postgraduate research degrees to kick start your research journey with UNSW Canberra.
Scholarships are available to research candidates with exceptional potential who plan to undertake a higher degree by research (HDR). A range of benefits and financial support are offered through our scholarships, including a stipend, tuition fees, and student health cover.