Advance your understanding and develop innovative ideas at UNSW School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. Through a combination of critical and creative activities, along with disciplined methods of inquiry, you can work on projects to make a global impact. Produce world-first insights or refine theoretical ideas while working with industry experts and academics.  

As one of the largest postgraduate schools in Australia and a world-leader in research, we take pride in the breadth and depth of our research. We specialise in a wide range of research areas which can be broadly grouped together into five key disciplines:  

Each of the research disciplines has a range of specialist laboratories, as well as having access to joint facilities serving cross-discipline research. Cross-discipline research widens the range of projects currently being untaken by staff and students both nationally and internationally.  

The School consistently demonstrates outstanding success in securing national competitive grants such as the Australia Research Council (ARC) grants. Other sources of research funding include various state and federal government bodies, industry and major private organisations. 

Both our Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy programs contain a coursework component to give you a well-rounded advanced study experience.  

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Doctor of Philosophy  

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) gives you the opportunity to submit an original thesis, as well as complete core coursework, Engineering Postgraduate Research Essentials (GSCOE9400)

To participate in the Doctor of Philosophy program, you’ll need a first or upper second class honours degree in engineering or a related discipline. The qualification must come from a tertiary institution recognised by UNSW. 

If you’re able to participate in full-time study, the Doctor of Philosophy will take four years to complete, while part-time study will take five to six years. The duration is affected by your level, project, time available and study program and in special cases may be reduced or extended.  


If you’re an International Student you’ll be expected to study full time. 

We offer the following Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the school of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications:  

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Master of Philosophy  

Our Master of Philosophy program combines a research degree with a coursework component. Over two years (four sessions) full-time, you’ll develop the skills to submit an original investigation, design or engineering development, while also completing a program of advanced study comprising of three courses (18 Units of Credit).  

To be eligible to complete a Master of Philosophy you must: 

  • Have completed an appropriate four-year undergraduate program, normally at honours level, with a minimum of honours II 
  • Complete four years of a five-year masters program normally at “very good” level, with a minimum GPA of 3.2 or equivalent 
  • Where appropriate, relevant professional or prior research experience may also be considered by the Program Authority in recommending acceptance into the program 

We offer the following Master of Philosophy degrees at the school: 

A unique feature of the program is the provision for Oral Defence as part of the examination process. This will ensure rapid examination. Articulation from the MPhil to a PhD program is also possible. Please ensure supervision arrangements are confirmed before enrolling in the course. Candidature may be either internal or external mode. 

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Further Enquiries

Please contact our Graduate Research school for any admission related enquiries:  

For general information on Higher Degree Research, email our school’s support officer

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