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.

Western Sydney University's world-class Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Facility

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 are designed to financially support your pursuit of greater understanding. These fall under the banners of Main Round Scholarships and Project Scholarships.

Dual awards

Want to undertake a dual award or joint research degree? Find out about Western’s partnerships with international institutions.

Got questions?

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 your proposed project with a research supervisor. Western can help you find the right supervisor.

Supervisory support

Be supported by a supervisory panel of two to three staff members with honorary or adjunct appointments. We also encourage the appointment of associate supervisors from industry and other universities where appropriate.