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What will I learn?

A research degree is an advanced program of study allowing you to investigate a topic relevant to your field. Under the supervision of world-class researchers, you will learn and apply advanced research methodologies to produce new knowledge and provide solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. Completing a research degree means becoming an expert in your field. It’s your opportunity to take a topic that interests you, explore it in depth, tackle intellectual, creative and practical challenges, and communicate your findings.

Depending on your area of interest, you can study a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy (by Portfolio of Publications) or Masters by Research.

Why do a research degree?

UniSA research is inspired by the challenges and opportunities of today. In the 2018 Australian Research Council Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation of Australian universities, all of our assessed research was rated at world class or above. We are vibrant, outward-facing and responsive. We partner with industry, government and communities to seek answers to questions that arise in the real world. Our research themes are:

An age friendly world
Transforming industries
Scarce resources
Healthy futures
Transforming societies

What can I research?

What can I research?

Research students can complete exciting and innovative research topics that span areas such as:

Clinical laboratory medicine
Community and Public Health Nutrition
Drug Therapeutics
Food Science and Health
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Obesity and Chronic Disease
Physiological Sciences

Our research is also facilitated by research concentrations and groups, including:

Cancer Research Institute: Learning cancer research with foresight, to benefit society.

Centre for Cancer Biology: An alliance between SA Pathology and UniSA, carrying out vital cancer research.

Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre: Consumer-driven, data-informed research, effective in improving use of medicines and improving patient lives.

Your career

A master’s qualification will advance your career possibilities, is a recognised pathway to PhD and will give you a competitive edge in the work place. You may choose to further your career in industry, academia, or in research with a research institution or university locally or internationally.



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,800.00 (20,79,208) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022


Mawson Lakes Campus

Mawson Lakes Blvd,


South Australia,

5095, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

At a minimum you must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, to the required standard, from a recognized higher institution in Australian or the international equivalent and/or the equivalent professional work experience. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 6.5 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing); TOEFL iBT score of 79 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 577 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 177; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 58 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE5.

For international students

An applicant for a Masters by Research must satisfy the entry requirements set by the Research Degrees Committee which demonstrate competence to undertake a higher degree by research by:

a. holding or being eligible to hold from an approved higher education institution an award in an appropriate discipline which is assessed by this University as being equivalent to:

i. an Honours degree or a Bachelor degree with honours; or

ii. a relevant Bachelor degree (or equivalent) of at least three years with a minimum credit average

iii. an appropriate Master’s degree; or

b. satisfying the relevant Associate Dean: Research Education (or delegate) of their fitness to undertake further advanced work on the basis of their standard of achievement in, and the relevance of, previous higher education studies, and/or relevant professional experience and/or published research work. Schools may admit students to study a research degree provided they have evidence that the applicant has a reasonable probability of successfully completing the degree to which they are admitted.

English Language Requirements:

English rich program minimum entry scores:

IELTS (overall): 7

TOEFL iBT (overall): 100

TOEFL PBT (overall): 600-603

PTE: 74

CPE: Grade B

CAE: Grade A

Non English rich program minimum entry scores

IELTS (overall): 6.5

TOEFL iBT (overall): 90-91

TOEFL PBT (overall): 577

PTE: 66

CPE: Grade C

CAE: Grade B

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of South Australia (UniSA)

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