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How to apply

All prospective students must  first visit the UNSW Graduate Research School (GRS) website to look at the requirements for postgraduate study at UNSW.

The GRS website contains comprehensive information on the application process, instructions, submission guidelines and timeframes. Applications can be submitted throughout the year, however there are deadlines which will determine whether you are eligible to apply for entry into Semester 1 (starts February) or Semester 2 (starts July) - refer to GRS website.

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Are you eligible to apply?

You will need to check whether you meet the minimum eligibility requirements postgraduate research programs.


Find a research area and supervisor

You will need to find a research topic/area and an appropriate primary supervisor.

Note: Proof of correspondence with a potential supervisor is required for your application.


Prepare a research proposal

Before you submit your formal application online, you will need to prepare a research proposal. The proposal should be prepared in consultation with the prospective supervisor. The proposal must be sufficiently detailed to enable the School to determine whether it is possible to provide adequate supervision and resources to support your research.

Each research proposal should be 1000 words long and should include the following:

  • a statement of the research problem and its significance
  • an outline of the method to be used to analyse the problem
  • the names of any academics you have contacted in the School
  • details of previous publications and/or research undertaken in your nominated area of interest

Information on how to apply and submit an application is on the Graduate Research School website.


Accept your offer

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer of admission from the Graduate Research School. Please follow the instructions listed in your offer letter on how to accept your offer and other further actions that you may need to complete. Further information is available on the GRS Accepting your Offer webpage.



Once you have accepted your offer you will need to enrol.  Instructions on how to enrol are on the GRS Postgraduate Enrolment webpage.


Course Tuition Fees

New domestic postgraduate research candidates enrolling in a Doctorate or Masters by Research at UNSW may be offered an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee offset scholarship to offset tuition fees and receive free research training. International candidates are required to pay course tuition fees. Please refer to the Fees and Costs section on the GRS Fees and Costs webpage for more information regarding fees and costs.

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Information on scholarships for local and international candidates is available on the GRS Scholarships webpage. Please note that strict application deadlines apply.


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