School of Public Health and Community Medicine

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How to Apply

Apply now to do a postgraduate research degree.

Prospective applicants interested in undertaking a research degree with the School of Public Health and Community Medicine should read the below information carefully and follow the steps to complete the application process. Applicants are advised to start finalising their application well in advance so they can apply for scholarships and finalise student visas and travel arrangements to Sydney (international applicants only). Please refer to the GRS Scholarship website for deadlines. 

Further information for prospective students can also be found on the UNSW Graduate Research School website.

Please follow the steps listed below:

Step 1: Check eligibility criteria for desired HDR program

The first step is to assess whether you satisfy the eligibility requirements for the research programs.

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Further information regarding eligibility requirements and research programs can be found on the UNSW Medicine website.

You can use the HDR Self-Assessment Tool to help give an indication of your eligibility and competitiveness for a scholarship.

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The School of Public Health and Community Medicine offers three different postgraduate research programs. 

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Step 2: Establish contact with a prospective supervisor

The next step for you is to establish contact with a prospective supervisor. The responsibility to finalise supervision rests with you as a prospective research student.

Please send your prospective supervisor an email introducing yourself/background and outlining your proposed research. When contacting a prospective supervisor please ensure to send the attached:

  • Detailed CV which clearly lists employment experience (positions held and responsibilities), research experience, publications with citations and    qualifications completed.
  • A brief Research Proposal (approx. 1 page) which outlines potential research area(s) and project.

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Step 3: Prepare a research proposal

The next step is to prepare a research proposal which must be approved by your supervisor.  

  • Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) - Program code: 2713
  • Masters by Research in Public Health (MRes) - Program codes: 2845, 2960, 2885 or 2810
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (PhD) - Program code: 1835 or 1841

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Step 4: Discuss financial support

Funding agreement

  • Each applicant is required to complete the 'SPHCM Funding Agreement form' clearly and comprehensively outlining funding sources, for both the research project and living expenses.

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  • The role of the supervisor is to be the University’s agent in advising and assisting the candidate to complete an original and feasible research program. The supervisor carries the principal responsibility in overseeing the candidate’s progress.
  • A core responsibility of the supervisor is advising the candidate to ensure he/she has appropriate resources and support for the research program agreed.
  • Please discuss the questions on the Funding Agreement with your supervisor, fill it out and upload the form with your online application. 

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Step 5: Submit application

1. GRS Application

The UNSW Graduate Research School (GRS) is the central administrative and support unit for all higher degree research students and their supervisors at UNSW. 

You will need to complete the online application form as outlined on the GRS How to Apply website

You must seek your prospective supervisor's agreement with your proposal before you submit your online application to the Graduate Research School to enrol in a higher degree research program.

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Closing dates for postgraduate research applications

Applications can be submitted throughout the year. However there are deadlines which will determine whether you are eligible to apply for entry into Semester 1 (starts February) or Semester 2 (starts July).

  • Application Deadlines:
    Semester 1 - 31 January
    Semester 2 - 31 May