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Our school is home to a number of active research groups that provide opportunities for postgraduate research students to work towards a PhD degreeMasters by Research or Graduate Diploma. For international students, we also offer a Master of Philosophy. Information on all programs can be found in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Considering Higher Degree Research in the School of BABS? Download our information booklet to find out more:

Doctor of Philosophy 

The Doctoral degree programs within the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences provide the highest level of training in key areas of scientific research. Students work on an independent research project encompassing the broader interests of one of the research teams within the School.

In the early stages of the program, students receive close supervision and guidance in the management of their project. In the later stages, however, students are encouraged to exercise initiative and demonstrate originality. In the last year of the program, the candidate should be able to work independently and be guided rather than directed by the supervisor.

Masters by Research

A Masters by Research (MRes) requires completion of an original piece of research that, given the timeframe, is more limited in scope and nature than that required for a PhD.

Master of Philosophy

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) combines a thesis comprising an original piece of research that is at least 66% of the degree, and compulsory coursework including research training that is relevant to the field of study.

Graduate diploma

The BABS Graduate Diploma is aimed at graduates from local or overseas universities who wish to obtain specialist training and experience in a particular area of science.