Higher Degree Research

Research at Western

In the spirit of 'unlimited', Western is committed to high-impact research that makes a tangible and ongoing difference in the world, and is responsive to contemporary challenges.

We foster strong research ties with industry, the government and
the community. And our research endeavours are supported by a ten-year research investment program.

If you want to affect change in your chosen field and make a difference in the world, Western’s research program can help you do just that.

Professor James Arvanitakis talks us through five important things to think about before you decide to embark on your PhD journey.

What is a research degree?

A research degree is usually undertaken after you’ve completed a bachelor’s or coursework master’s, however, it’s also open to people with work experience who want to take their career or study further.

The objective of a research degree is to develop your capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality. A research degree can lead to careers in academia, government, private organisations and independent research institutes.

The following videos showcase some of the research being conducted at Western Sydney:

Dr Salazar's ARC research project that examines the ‘gateway cities’ to Antarctica
Dr Siobhan Schabrun from WSU Brain-U unit is leading brain plasticity research

Research scholarships

Western’s research scholarships have been established to financially support you as you pursue your research degree. Various scholarship rounds and projects are made available across a wide range of disciplines.

Main round scholarships are a competitive-based round that accepts applications from local and international candidates.

Project scholarships are offered throughout the year as project-specific funding becomes available.


Got questions?

The Graduate Research School is here to ensure you have a smooth experience throughout your research journey as we look after all aspects of your candidature.

Higher degree research candidates are provided with extensive opportunities to develop research and professional skills through coursework options, seminars and workshops to ensure you are career-ready at the completion of your degree.

For more information or advice about studying a research degree, please contact us.

Graduate Research School

The Graduate Research School exists to ensure you have a smooth
journey into the University and through your studies as we look after all aspects of research candidature.

All postgraduate research candidates are provided with numerous opportunities to gain superior skills and training through coursework options, seminars and workshops to ensure you are career-ready and highly competitive for global careers.

  • industry and business: researcher, consumer and social research, public relations, publishing, personnel work, training, marketing and human resources
  • community and non-profit organisations:administration, overseas aid and development agencies, social research, policy development and lobbying
  • government: policy development and analysis, general administration and social research
  • academia: after completion of your PhD you will be able to pursue postdoctoral or lectureship positions

The team at the Graduate Research School, along with your academic supervisors who are leading researchers in their field, are here to assist you to achieve in this vibrant research environment.

Need help finding a supervisor?

Before applying to do a research degree, you need to discuss potential
you projects and supervision with a Higher Degree Research Director in a relevant School or Institute. The HDR Director can help you find the right supervisor.


Supervisory support

At Western, higher degree research candidates are supported by a panel of supervisors. You will have the opportunity to study under leading experts in your field of research, have access to cross-disciplinary support and will be encouraged to work with associate supervisors from industry or other universities if appropriate to your project.

Find the right supervisor for your research