Advice for Prospective Postgraduate Students
The School of BABS is home to a number of active research groups that provide opportunities for postgraduate research students to work towards a PhD degree, Masters by Research or Graduate Diploma. For international students, we also offer a Master of Philosophy. Information on all programs can be found in the UNSW Online Handbook.
The School welcomes interest from potential postgraduate students from within Australia and overseas. There are five key components of the process towards undertaking a research degree in the School. These are outlined below:
1) First and most importantly, it is essential that you identify an appropriate academic supervisor in BABS and obtain their agreement prior to submitting an application for postgraduate study. It is recommended that you peruse the School's current research projects to obtain an understanding of the areas of study available within BABS. Information on the four main research disciplines can be found here; you should try and align your topic of interest with the research area of one of the affiliated academics. Contact details for individuals can be found in the BABS Staff Directory.
It is recommended that you send an electronic copy of your CV and academic transcript to potential supervisors. When you do communicate with potential supervisors, please also ensure that you indicate clearly that you have (a) appropriate visa status (or will apply for same); and (b)available funding to cover both living expenses and the university's tuition fees.
NB: If you submit an application for postgraduate study without a nominated supervisor, it is likely to be declined.
2) Overseas postgraduate students must obtain an appropriate visa that allows them to study in Australia. Please refer to the Australian Dept of Immigration and Border Protection website and the UNSW International website to ensure you are aware of the specific requirements in regard to obtaining the correct visa. This process can be very time-consuming, so please make sure you know what is required.
3) All entry requirements for the particular degree must be met (for instance, an Honours undergraduate degree is generally a pre-requisite for entry into a PhD program). Admission criteria are an academic matter and you will need to provide evidence that you have attained the appropriate pre-requisites for the degree you are applying for.
4) Please note that the School does not provide scholarships to support either living expenses or tuition fees for postgraduate students. The cost of living in Sydney is high, and part-time employment may not be readily available or permitted under some visa conditions. Accordingly, it is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate funding to cover both of these necessities. The University of NSW does provide some postgraduate scholarship opportunities, which can be found on the UNSW Postgraduate Research Scholarships website and the UNSW Scholarships website. Please note the following:
- Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarships are only available to citizens or permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand.
- International Postgraduate Research Awards (IPRAs) are available to international students.
- Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) provide opportunities for people from selected developing countries to undertake post-secondary level study in Australia.
- The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships program is an Australian Government internationally competitive, merit-based scheme providing study opportunities for citizens of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
5) If you are an international student who is not a citizen of an English-speaking country, you will be required to demonstrate that your English language ability meets the UNSW entry criteria. Full information on the English language requirements of this University is available on the UNSW Admissions Office website.
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All applications for entry to UNSW for postgraduate study must be submitted via UNSW Apply Online. You will then be advised of details of all the necessary documentation that you need to provide, including proof of contact with your proposed supervisor. If you intend to apply for a scholarship, the online application to UNSW must be completed first.
Further information specific to research study is available on the Graduate Research School website, including tuition fees. Please note that the Graduate Research School administers postgraduate research study only. Postgraduate coursework and undergraduate programs are administered by UNSW Student Central.