Step 2: Finding a Supervisor
Graduate Research School
Before applying for a higher research degree you will need to match your area of interest to one of our Faculties or Schools.
Please note: Applicants to the Australian School of Business (ASB) MUST contact the School Research Officer by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (+61 2) 9385 6183 prior to submitting an online application or searching for a supervisor.
Choosing a supervisor is an important decision. The ideal supervisor is knowledgeable of the topic on which you plan to undertake your research, has good research skills and experience and is someone you feel you can work with. It is important to meet and/or correspond with staff who you feel have expertise in your area of interest prior to submitting an application.
Proof of correspondence with a potential supervisor is required for your application.
The best person to contact if you are having difficulties finding a supervisor is the Postgraduate Coordinator for the appropriate school. Be sure to include your full contact details, research interests, qualifications and research experience in your correspondence with the Postgraduate Coordinator.
The Visit UNSW Scheme is for candidates with excellent academic standing and provides the opportunity to visit UNSW, meet prospective supervisors, see the facilities and support for research candidates at UNSW, and meet the Dean of Graduate Research. Click here for more details.
Developing a Research Proposal
All applications must be sufficiently detailed to enable the University to determine whether it is possible to provide adequate supervision and resources to support your research. Each research proposal should be 100 words long and should include the following:
- a statement of the research problem and its significance
- an outline of the method to be used to analyse the problem
- the names of any academics you have contacted in the School
- details of previous publications and/or research undertaken in your nominated area of interest
A Research Proposal is required for your application.