A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at UNSW Engineering requires completion of a piece of research that demonstrates a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the field of study. Our candidates acquire advanced specialist research training and produce a thesis that summarises the research and provides evidence for independent thought and critical analysis. This includes effective communication and expert knowledge of the discipline in the international context. 

We offer the following Doctor of Philosophy programs:  


This program requires a minimum of three years, full-time study. Students undertake supervised research leading to the production of a written thesis.

Entry Requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to a PhD is:

  • an appropriate UNSW Bachelor degree with upper second class Honours; or
  • a completed Masters by Research from UNSW with a substantial research component and demonstrated capacity for timely completion of a high quality research thesis; or 
  • an equivalent qualification from a tertiary institution as determined by the Faculty Higher Degree Committee (HDC)


To apply for a postgraduate research program, you’ll need to follow the steps below:

  1. Choose a research area that interests you
  2. Identify a potential supervisor and contact them by email. You’ll need the evidence of contact with the potential supervisor when you submit your application
  3. Prepare a research proposal
  4. Submit your application

Fees & Costs

Fees for local and international postgraduate research students differ, with more information available at UNSW Research.


We provide an array of research scholarships to UNSW Engineering postgraduate students. Suitable for both domestic and international researchers, they include government and industry-funded scholarships. Browse through the range and discover which schemes are applicable to your situation. 

Application guide

Read our handy five-step guide on how to apply online. You’ll find information on fees, scholarships on offer, deadlines and the documents required including your research proposal.  
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Find a research supervisor

Our academics are leaders in the field and always looking for ways to collaborate with emerging researching from around the world. Search our database of UNSW Engineering scholars to support your area of research.
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Our research

Our internationally acclaimed research centres and partnerships with over 100 industry and government organisations have taken our research to the forefront of fundamental and applied research. Learn about how our research initiatives continue to make an impact in the real world.  
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