Find a Supervisor

Master of Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and other research degree applicants are required to discuss their proposed research project with a suitable research supervisor prior to submitting an application.

As a potential applicant, finding the right supervisors for your project is an important first step in a successful research candidature.

To find a supervisor who matches your research interests, you should try a combination of the following methods:

  • Visit the School or Institute research pages and look for researchers in your area of interest.
  • Search the Staff Profiles Directory by keyword.

If you identify a potential supervisor, you should send them an email introducing yourself, describing your previous qualifications and experience, outlining your area of interest, and providing a short explanation about why you would like to work with them on a research project.

If you are finding it difficult to identify a supervisor, you should contact the Higher Degree Research (HDR) Director or Associate Dean, HDR in a relevant School or Institute. They will be able to provide advice and may be able to recommend a potential supervisor or research project.

Western Sydney University supervisors and current PhD candidates talk about what they think is important to consider when choosing a supervisor.

HDR Director

Research Institutes

Professor Labao Wang

Associate Professor Markus Riegler

Associate Professor Denis Byrne

Associate Professor Genevieve Steiner

Professor Caroline Jones

Dr Elizabeth Conroy

Associate Dean, HDR (or equivalent)


Professor Vivian Tam

Associate Professor Dilupa Nakandala

Associate Professor Dongmo Zhang

Associate Professor Chwee Beng Lee

Professor Richard Yang

Associate Professor Karen Liu

Dr Caroline Compton

Associate Professor Mourad Tayebi

Dr Emilee Gilbert

Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright