Finding a Supervisor
Most Schools require students to contact a researcher and secure their agreement to supervise you prior to submitting a formal application for admission. A Supervisor must be located in the School you are applying to.
Specific Faculty requirements:
- Built Environment, Law, and UNSW Business School applicants are not required to contact a supervisor prior to application
- Arts and Social Sciences applicants need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Faculty, and will submit their successful EOI outcome as proof of contact.
- Please check the Faculty links below for further information.
You can search for a supervisor in various ways:
- Use the UNSW Find a Researcher tool
- Conduct a literature search in your area of interest
- Look at the research being carried out at UNSW’s nine Faculties
Choosing your Supervisor is an important decision, therefore please consider the following when contacting a researcher:
- How knowledgeable/experienced is the researcher on your planned research topic?
- Do you and the researcher have compatible work and communication styles?
- Do you and your researcher have the same expectations of your long-term working relationship?
Once you have found a researcher that you want to work with, it is important that you meet, skype and/or email them before submitting an admission application. Proof of correspondence with a potential supervisor is required for your application.This proof can be a copy of the email correspondence you have had, and must include the researcher's agreement to supervise you. If you undertook an Expression of Interest (EOI), such as is required for Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the EOI outcome email will serve as the proof of supervisor contact.
Trouble finding a supervisor?
If you are having difficulties finding a supervisor, you may want to contact your school of choice directly for assistance. The best person to contact within your school is the Postgraduate Coordinator. Be sure to include your full contact details, research interests, qualifications and research experience in your correspondence with the Postgraduate Coordinator.
Please note that agreement from an academic does not guarantee admission, as your application will still be required to meet the UNSW Higher Degree Research Supervision Policy.
Developing a Research Proposal
All applications must be sufficiently detailed so the University can determine if adequate supervision and resources to support your research can be provided. Your research proposal helps make that determination. A Research Proposal is required for your application.
In general, research proposals should be around one page in length*, and should include the following:
- The Title of Your Research Proposal (this must be included in your document)
- A Statement of the research problem and its significance
- An Outline of the method to be used to analyse the problem
- Details of previous publications and/or research undertaken in your nominated area of interest
*You must check with your Faculty or School to see if they have specific requirements for supervisor contact and/or research proposal length: