Located in the heart of one of Australia's fastest growing economic regions, Western Sydney University offers unlimited potential to students with the talent, drive and ambition to succeed.
Western Sydney University is a world-class university with a growing international reach and reputation for academic excellence and impact-driven research.
Ranked amongst the top two per cent of universities in the world, we value academic excellence, integrity and the pursuit of knowledge. We are globally focused, research-led and committed to making a positive impact on the communities we engage with. (Ranked in top 2% of Universities Worldwide, Times Higher Education University Rankings for 2014-2015)
As a dynamic place of learning, we continue to challenge traditional notions of what a university 'should' be by pushing the boundaries of how knowledge is exchanged.
Our approach recognises that learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. Instead, we offer a combination of on-campus, online and clinical learning environments, with real-life work experience in professional and community settings.
At Western Sydney University we equip our graduates for more than a career. We are unlocking the potential of the next generation of global citizens, leaders and change-makers.
Why study at Western Sydney University
Leadership in one of Australia's fastest growing regions – Western Sydney is Australia's third largest and fastest growing economy. With a large multicultural population and expanding international reach, we are uniquely placed to help students tap into a global mindset. Through our strong ties to local business, industry and community leaders, our students have access to exciting study, work and community engagement opportunities within Western Sydney and across the globe.
Reputation for excellence – We're ranked amongst the top two per cent of universities in the world, with a growing international reputation for research-led, student-centred learning.
Our students sit at the heart of everything we do – Our student-centred approach is responsive to your needs. We offer you the choice of on-campus, online and blended study options combined with work-integrated learning in clinical, community and professional environments. Through work experience placements, internships and volunteering opportunities, you'll get the real-life experience, practical skills and knowledge you'll need for your future career.
Our students are partners in learning – Unlike the traditional lecturer-down approach, our pioneering model of co-created learning treats our students as partners in their education. We empower students to share ideas, constructively challenge their lecturers and one-another through peer-to-peer mentoring, and develop their creativity and cognitive skills through degrees such as Critical Thinking and Applied Leadership.
Our curriculum reflects the needs of the world we live in – We acknowledge that in today's fast-paced and changing world universities don't have the monopoly on knowledge or education. Through our approach we also work with our community, business partners and industry leaders to develop course content that meets the needs of employers, the jobs of the future and responds to the challenges of a global workplace.
We embrace technology-infused learning - From our online learning environments, use of digital technologies to enhance the study experience, to our on campus computer laboratories and state-of-the-art research and clinical facilities, we adopt new and emerging technologies to provide a richer educational experience.
Our research has global impact – We see learning and research as connected aspects of the student experience. Our research ethos is underpinned by a commitment to make positive change in the world, putting you close to world-leading research that is changing lives in the communities we serve.
We are globally focused and connected – With our growing international reach and reputation, we offer the opportunity to travel, learn and work in more than 300 destinations around the world through our Global Mobility, internship and work-placement programs.
Unlimited opportunities for success – From advanced degrees and The Academy, to the College and alternative entry programs, scholarships, internships and student exchange opportunities, we provide multiple pathways for entry and academic success.
The School of Science and Health is the largest School at the Western Sydney University, with staff and research facilities located on our Campbelltown, Penrith, Parramatta, and Hawkesbury campuses. The School of Science and Health is research active across a broad range of natural and biomedical sciences, health sciences, and complementary medicine (National Institute for Complementary Medicine) and cross-disciplinary research is actively encouraged across the school. Our higher degree research students enjoy access to modern and well-equipped science and health science research laboratories, as well as core facilities that include Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Next Generation sequencing and genomic analysis, confocal microscopy, and advanced materials analysis.
Finding a supervisor and the research proposal
To search for a research project and an academic supervisor in the School of Science and Health, use the links in the list below to take you to your area of research. This will allow you to look through the research profiles and current research projects of academic staff. Alternatively, if you already know the name of a staff member you would like to contact, please visit our Potential Supervisors page to find a list of all staff members. If you have any difficulty locating a possible supervisor, or have any other questions relating to Higher Degree Research in the School of Science and Health, please contact the Director of Higher Degree Research, Dr Graham Jones .
Once you have identified a potential supervisor (or supervisors) you should contact that person by email and copy the Director of Higher Degree Research, Dr Graham Jones in your email and include the following information:
Your complete CV, including academic transcripts and research experience
A brief summary of your research interests
If you are an International student, please include the results of your most recent English language test
Once a member of academic staff has agreed to supervise you, you will need to work with that person to develop a research proposal. The research proposal contains:
The research theme/research question
Name of the academic(s) with whom you have discussed the project Overview of current research, identifying the gap in existing knowledge
Methodology: how it will be done, the data collection and data analysis
Resource requirements; will you need specialist equipment or fieldwork expenses, for example?
In the first instance, you should contact your proposed supervisor to discuss what opportunities may be available. It is also advisable that you also look at the University's Research Scholarships (opens in a new window) page.
Some scholarships are available each year through application to the University. These may include:
Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) for domestic students – closing in October each year
University Postgraduate Research Awards for domestic and international students – closing in June and October each year
University International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) for international students – closing in July each year
Some scholarships are available each year through application to the funding authority. These may include:
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships for international students – closing July each year
Academic Criteria and Assessment
Assessment and selection criteria vary according to the scholarship applied for. Generally, applicants are assessed on the basis of previous academic merit and performance, which must be supported by evidence. These include (but may not be limited to):
Grade point average achieved for undergraduate studies;
Postgraduate studies and results achieved (Bachelor Honours; Masters by Research; or Masters by Coursework with a research component greater than 25% are considered);
Alignment of your research interests with existing expertise in the School of Science and Health
Supporting evidence including: research output including refereed journal articles, refereed conference proceedings, commercial patents, books or book chapters; relevant industry research experience directly related to, and of benefit to, the proposed area of study; and awards and nominations such as Dean's Medals, University awards, etc
In some cases professional equivalence will be granted. This recognises applicants who have relevant research experience that counts towards entry into a postgraduate research degree
For international applicants, if you cannot provide evidence of undertaking advanced study where the language of instruction was in English, then you must also provide evidence of your English language ability as assessed by an IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest. If this has not been assessed recently you can still lodge your application, but proof that you meet these standards will be required before a full offer of admission is made. If you are unsure about your qualifications or have any other questions about the admission process, please contact the Director of Higher Degree Research.
How to Apply
You should have a reasonable expectation of success before you submit an application, that is you can demonstrate success across a range of criteria shown in "Academic Criteria and Assessment". Once a potential supervisor has been identified and you have completed your research proposal you can apply for admission to the PhD program at any time. Please read the information on the Western Sydney University (opens in a new window) site first.
Australian citizens (domestic students) can apply online (opens in a new window) – you will find this link on the right hand column of the page.
International applicants will find the link under "How to Apply". Which will take you to a paper-based application form (you can not apply for admission using the online program for domestic students). For more information and to apply head to our International Students page. Access the Fee Schedule PDF, 563.87 KB(opens in a new window).
Outcome of Your Application
For domestic students the outcome could be:
No admission. The Institute is unable to supervise the proposed project, or the application shows a lack of suitable qualifications or experience to meet minimum entry standards into the program;
Offer admission and RTS place only. You would fund your own living expenses but receive a Research Training Scheme place as a domestic student (ie no fees). This option is not normally suitable for applicants unless they are well supported financially by independent means;
Offer admission and RTS with scholarship secured through one of the programs identified under "Scholarships" or through another funding agency. You would receive a scholarship to meet living expenses, plus a Research Training Scheme place as a domestic student (ie no fees).
For international students the outcome could be:
No admission. The Institute is unable to supervise the proposed project, or the application shows a lack of suitable qualifications or experience to meet minimum entry standards into the program
Offer admission only – full fee paying student. You would fund your own living expenses and pay a tuition fee. This option is not normally suitable for applicants unless they are well supported financially by independent means;
Offer admission with scholarship and fee waiver. You would receive a scholarship to meet living expenses and an international student fee scholarship. These offers are extremely competitive.