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 degreeMasters 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.

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Doctor of Philosophy 

The Doctoral degree programs within the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences provide the highest level of training in key areas of scientific research. Students work on an independent research project encompassing the broader interests of one of the research teams within the School.

In the early stages of the program, students receive close supervision and guidance in the management of their project. In the later stages, however, students are encouraged to exercise initiative and demonstrate originality. In the last year of the program, the candidate should be able to work independently and be guided rather than directed by the supervisor.

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A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) combines a thesis comprising an original piece of research that is at least 66% of the degree, and compulsory coursework including research training that is relevant to the field of study.

The BABS Graduate Diploma is aimed at graduates from local or overseas universities who wish to obtain specialist training and experience in a particular area of science.

The program aims to provide students with key capabilities in understanding the translation process required for successful entrepreneurship and development of biotechnology innovations, accessing global networks, and navigating unique regional market challenges. 

The School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences has been home to groundbreaking research for more than fifty years.  The hundreds of honours, masters and PhD theses presented below hold this legacy.