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UWA offers exciting postgraduate higher degree research courses.

You can apply for admission at any time of the year.

CSIRO iPhD program

Joint PhD Program with Nagoya University

Future students enrolling in Agricultural Sciences may be interested in participating in a joint program with Nagoya University. Learn more about this joint PhD in a webinar on MAR 12 2021. Scan the QR code to register or register here.

The International Collaborative Program in Agricultural Sciences between Nagoya University and UWA was established in 2018.

    Forrest Foundation PhD Scholarships

    Learn more

    Master's degree by research courses

    Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have met the requirements of the University Policy on: Adequate Research Preparation and any other requirements for admission of the University, and (a) have a bachelor's degree of this University or equivalent qualification OR (b) have previously undertaken work, of a sufficiently high standard, towards a higher degree by research in this or another approved institution but not have submitted it for any degree AND have completed an appropriate MPhil research proposal.

    Prior to enrolment, all applicants are required to demonstrate that they have met the Postgraduate Research Language Requirements

    MPhil and MRes courses

    Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

    Approval for admission to an MPhil requires an applicant to demonstrate that they have sufficient background and experience in independent supervised research to successfully complete the course, and the University to ensure that appropriate supervision and resourcing are available.

    Master of Philosophy
    Master of Advanced Social Work
    Master of Architecture (Design)
    Master of Arts (Creative Writing)
    Master of Curatorial Studies in Fine Arts
    Master of Fine Arts
    Master of Forensic Science
    Master of Music

    Master of Research (MRes)

    The Master of Research (MRes, 00720) is designed as a two-year course of study to broaden options for Honours students who wish to expand their research output, but who have been unsure about transitioning straight from Honours to PhD. The first year of the course comprises the Honours year, and students who are admitted to the MRes proceed directly from the Honours year into the second year of the MRes. Students do not take out the award of Honours but graduate with a Master’s degree on completion of the MRes.

    To be admitted to the MRes, a student must have:

    • completed the requirements of an end-on Honours degree at this University or another Australian tertiary institution recognised by the Board of the Graduate Research School with a weighted average mark of at least 70%, but not had the degree conferred. The Master of Research is not directly available for students undertaking the Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons) at UWA. Students in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons) interested in the MRes should consult the BPhil Coordinator.
    • demonstrated the ability to undertake research through the production of an Honours thesis that is assessed as being at Honours 1 or 2A standard.
    • submitted and had approved by the Board of the Graduate Research School a Research Proposal comprising the abstract and literature review from the Honours thesis for UWA students, or the whole draft Honours thesis (and copies of any ethics approval notifications, if relevant) for students from other universities, plus a description of the proposed supervision arrangements, resourcing and additional research to be carried out during the Master’s year.

    Timeline/conditions (UWA Students):

    Given the date to apply for graduation, the timeline for MRes applications is very strict.

    • Students will need to apply for graduation by 2 October, regardless of the MRes application outcome.
    • The deadline for MRes applications is 30 October (no late applications accepted).
    • If successful in gaining entry into MRes (by 25 November), students lose their place in the December in absentia graduation. The GRS will advise the Graduation Office of the change in intention to graduate.
    • If unsuccessful in gaining entry into MRes (by 25 November), students remain in the December in absentia graduation. No additional action needs to be taken by the student.

     

    PhD, higher and professional doctorates

    Approval for admission to a PhD requires an applicant to demonstrate that they have sufficient background and experience in independent supervised research to successfully complete the course, and the University to ensure that appropriate supervision and resourcing are available.

    Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have met the requirements of the University Policy on: Adequate Research Preparation and any other requirements for admission of the University, and (a) have a bachelor's degree of this University or equivalent qualification; or (b) have previously undertaken work, of a sufficiently high standard, towards a higher degree by research in this or another approved institution but not have submitted it for any degree AND have completed an appropriate PhD research proposal.  

    A student who wishes to undertake a PhD in the field of creative writing must, in addition, submit a substantial folio of published creative work, normally in the form of one or more books.

    Prior to enrolment, all applicants are required to demonstrate that they have met the Postgraduate Research Language Requirements

    PhD courses

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology
    Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology
    Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
    Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Forensic Science
    Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
    Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Infectious Diseases

    How to apply

    1. Search for potential supervisors in your field of interest

    Search the UWA Research Repository to find potential supervisors in your field of interest.

    2. Determine whether you meet the entry criteria

    To determine your eligibility, contact the Pre-candidature team.

    [email protected]

    3. Lodge your application

    The appropriate method of application will be advised by the HDR Pre-candidature team.

    You will need to provide a range of supporting documents, including:

    • a summary of the proposed research that outlines: (i) background to the topic; (ii) aims of the research; (iii) significance of the research; (iv) the methodology you will use, and (v) a brief reference list.

    4. Approval

    Your application will be sent to the designated teaching School for consideration. The Graduate Research Coordinator in the School, will evaluate research preparation, funding and resources for the project, and the availability of appropriate supervision. The School will make a recommendation to the Graduate Research School as to whether UWA can provide a place in the course.

    The Dean of the Graduate Research School will consider the recommendation for admission.

    5. Offer and enrolment

    Successful applicants will receive an offer letter that sets out the terms of admission and enrolment in your degree.