Research Application

Applications for Postgraduate Research

Please follow the steps below, and do not hesitate to contact Future students if you have any questions. 

Approach a supervisor and academic unit

Your first step is to determine your preferred field of study and find the faculty or academic unit that will best meet your requirements. You are encouraged to research our staff members to identify a potential supervisor who matches your area of interest. You may contact a potential supervisor to discuss your project prior to applying for admission.

Select a Research topic

You should discuss a broad plan for your research topic with the head of the academic unit, faculty head of postgraduate studies or your potential supervisor. You are required to nominate a working title at the beginning of your enrolment but may change this with the approval of the academic unit. Your thesis topic will become better defined as your research progresses.

Apply for Admission

Check and confirm the academic and documentary requirements required to apply for your degree of interest through CourseFinder.

All applicants must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application.

Complete and submit your application for Higher Degree Research.

Please note that the postgraduate research application process is  lengthy as each application is assessed by the relevant faculty. Turnaround times for a research application is 6–8 weeks.

Supporting documentation

If your undergraduate studies were completed in a language other than English, or in a country where English is not the first language, you must also provide evidence of English proficiency (e.g. IELTS Test Report Form or TOEFL Official Score Report—not a student copy) For more information contact Future students on 1300 367 869.

Creative Arts applicants may be required to submit documentation or portfolio material. Further information is available from the School of Arts, English and Media.

Certification of documents

Original or certified copies of academic records, mark sheets or transcripts for studies previously undertaken must be provided. Certified English translations are also required for documents in another language. The transcript must show all subjects undertaken, grades and stages reached or qualifications gained.

For domestic applicants, a photocopied document must be certified as a true copy of the original by:

  • An authorised officer in the admissions office at any tertiary institution
  • A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia or the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants, or the National Institute of Accountants or the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants or Registered Tax Agents
  • A bank branch manager (not in a bank travel centre)
  • A barrister, solicitor or patent attorney
  • A police officer of the rank of sergeant or above
  • A post office manager
  • A principal of an Australian high or primary school; or
  • A justice of the peace

The person certifying the photocopies must:

  • Write on the copy: “This appears to be a true copy of the original document sighted by me”, and
  • Sign the document and print your name, address, telephone number, profession/occupation, date verified; and
  • Affix the official stamp or seal of the verifier’s organisation on the copy, if the organisation has such a stamp.

Other entry requirements

Applicants for a Masters by Research or Doctoral program who do not have the equivalent of an Australian Honours Bachelor degree at the required standard may still be considered for entry. It may be necessary for those applicants to complete additional preliminary study within a Masters by Research or Doctoral program.

Your desired program may have additional entry requirements. Please check CourseFinder and ensure all criteria are met before submitting your application.

Apply for a Scholarship

A UOW Higher Degree Research scholarship gives you the opportunity to focus more effectively on your studies by providing some financial independence. A range of sponsored, research-specific scholarships are also available.


Last reviewed: 22 November, 2016