Postgraduate Research

Engineering offers two postgraduate research degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

In higher degree research study, students undertake original investigation that makes a significant contribution to subject's existing knowledge, under the guidance of an academic supervisor. All postgraduate research students are required to submit a thesis reporting their findings.

Postgraduate students gain a more in-depth understanding about their topic of interest and cultivate independent working and thinking, complex-problem solving and decision making - highly desired skills for every industry position.

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Higher Degree Research Programs

We offer two postgraduate research degrees: the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil). Both programs are available across all UNSW Engineering schools and include research induction and development in detailed research methodologies.

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Key Research Areas

With eight schools covering the breadth of engineering specialties, there are countless opportunities to engage in research that you’re passionate about. Key research areas at UNSW Engineering include Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics. Explore each school and the research areas it offers.

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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.

When you join the UNSW research community, you join a passionate group of people who are creating new knowledge to make a positive impact on the world. Browse projects that our academics are actively recruiting for.

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) requires completion of a piece of research that demonstrates a significant and original contribution to engineering knowledge. Acquiring advanced specialist research training, you’ll produce a thesis providing evidence for independent thought, critical analysis and expert knowledge of engineering in an international context.

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) combines a thesis comprising an original piece of research with compulsory coursework including research training relevant to engineering. You’ll produce a thesis demonstrating independent thought, enhanced disciplinary knowledge, analytical skills and mastery of appropriate methodology. The MPhil may provide a pathway to the PhD program.