Research Degrees

Master of Research

The Master of Research is an elite research training degree that aligns with Asian, European and North American qualifications. As an internationally recognised qualification it will allow you to be globally mobile in advancing your research education and employment opportunities. The program will deliver an in-depth research training experience that combines specialist disciplinary knowledge, an advanced understanding of research methodologies, and a year of independent research conducted under expert supervision. The Program provides you with the necessary educational experiences and expert knowledge to enable a confident approach to PhD studies and your future career.

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy degree is primarily undertaken as a supervised program of original research, though the depth of the research required for a Master of Philosophy degree is less than that required for a PhD. The Master of Philosophy degree is aimed at the professional development of a candidate, with particular emphasis on research methodology suitable to a field of study. It provides candidates with the opportunity to develop their potential for research, enhance their skills of problem identification and specification, and their ability to develop and present solutions.

Doctoral Degrees

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree provides training and education with the objective of producing graduates with the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality. A PhD candidate should uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.

Doctorates are completed within 3 years full-time candidature, with a maximum enrolment of four years full time, or part-time equivalent. The doctorate aims to produce graduates able to conduct research independently at the highest level of originality and quality. The PhD is a recognition of successful research experience of international standard in the discipline. A PhD candidate should uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.

Postgraduate research training is a significant component of our research program with students undertaking a variety of projects.

Prospective research students are advised to contact the Graduate Research School at the Western Sydney University to obtain further details regarding entry requirements and supervision information.

Find a Supervisor

Before potential students are accepted as HDR Candidates, it is a requirement that they have discussed the proposed topic of research with a suitable supervisor.

Having the right supervisory team is crucial to your success.

Find a supervisor who matches your research interests by any of the following methods:

  • Contact the School or Research Institute HDR Director, this person can refer you to a potential supervisor/research project - this is recommended for international candidates.
  • Match your research area and researchers with the Search for a Supervisor engine (opens in a new window)                                                   by field of research.
  • Search for a researcher by name on the Western Sydney University Staff Directory (opens in a new window)
  • Browse the Staff Profiles Directory (opens in a new window)    by keyword.

Contact:  SWSLHD-CANR@health.nsw.gov.au or  h.dahlen@westernsydney.edu.au

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