Doctor of Philosophy
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
From the molecular to the global, our researchers are involved in a diverse range of research activities across a broad spectrum of health and medical sciences, with a particular emphasis on six broad themes and areas of strength:
Working within and across these themes are around 30 different concentrations producing innovative research linked to:
UniSA research is inspired by the challenges and opportunities of today. In the 2015 Australian Research Council Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation of Australian universities, 97 per cent of our 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:
UniSA intends to deliver industry and end-user informed research that supports employer-relevant curriculum. To achieve this, and to produce entrepreneurial and business-aware graduates, we have developed the transformed PhD.
We have added a structured component to research degrees including enhanced skill development, supervisory panels and a technology-enabled oral defence of the thesis. Through these activities you will develop a set of professional, transferable skills relevant to our knowledge-based enterprise economy.
The aim of the transformed PhD is to increase your employment prospects in any career path. You will possess the knowledge, expertise and confidence to meet the emerging needs of academia, industry, government and the community.
To find a research area, you'll need to match your qualifications and interests to the research programs and degrees offered at the University of South Australia. Browse our research degrees. Once you’ve done that, you will need to find a supervisor. A supervisor is an academic staff member who will work with you throughout your research degree. In your online application we will ask you to provide the name of your proposed UniSA supervisor. Learn more and find a research supervisor.
A scholarship can allow you to focus on your research without needing to do paid work. Scholarships are offered for Australian and international students looking to undertake a research degree. There are also high achiever scholarships, vacation research scholarships and Vice Chancellor and President’s scholarships.
As of 2017, we are also excited to offer thematically-based scholarships. These scholarships will not only address local, national and international grand challenges, they will also ensure students work across traditional boundaries in the University, with industry, and with community partners.
There are seven identified graduate qualities and outcomes that result from doing a research degree at UniSA. Importantly, these competencies are transferable to the workplace, whether academic or professional. In brief, a research degree graduate of the University of South Australia:
What can you expect of UniSA and what do we expect of you? Please familiarise yourself with the requirements governing research degrees by reading about our academic regulations and good practice code.
UniSA provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment where you are encouraged to explore your own ideas under the supervision of some of Australia’s leading researchers.
Led by renowned oncologist, cancer researcher and bioethicist Professor Ian Olver, the Sansom Institute brings together leading researchers with the key aims of intervening early to prevent illness, improving health systems and services, creating more effective therapies, and advancing health equality.
The Sansom Institute also offers unparalleled learning facilities, and is committed to continually investing in and upgrading its laboratories and technical capabilities to ensure researchers have access to the very best resources and equipment needed to carry out world-class research. Some of the specialised laboratories and facilities include the Clinical Trial Facility, which is a purpose-built, dedicated clinical research space, and the Adelaide Biofilm Test Facility, which is South Australia’s first test facility for antimicrobial agents, pharmaceutical preparations, dressings, materials and coatings.
In addition, we will ensure you graduate with transferable career skills that complement your research experience and enhance your global capability when you complete the Engaged PhD program, which is offered to all PhD students within the Division of Health Sciences. As part of this program, you will complete skill development workshops and masterclasses aligned to your interests.
Depending on your area of expertise, research features available include:
Dr Max Nelson
Lih Yin Tan
Before applying, you will need to do some investigation. Our six-step guide will take you through the process of preparing your application to maximise your chances of success.
Hear from some of our health PhD students as they discuss their studies and exciting research opportunities at UniSA.
Hear from Research Professor Cory Xian, whose research focuses on tissue and bone injury repair.
Hear from Professor of Physiology Janna Morrison, whose research focuses on the increased risk of cardiovascular disease on babies who are born too small or too early.
Hear from Associate Research Professor Paul Anderson, whose research focuses on preventative strategies for treating bone diseases such as osteoarthritis.