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Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
IMHH

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Program level
Masters by research

Fees
Fees for research students that have exceeded their RTP entitlement are calculated at the course level. Refer to the Research Training Program

Degree overview

  • Develop foundation skills and gain relevant experience in research methods, research planning, data analysis and dissemination relevant to health research. 
  • Under the supervision of experienced researchers, and in collaboration with industry partners, develop, undertake and complete a program of research.
  • Present your research to diverse audiences through publication and presentation at conferences.
  • Be mentored in the most up-to-date knowledge and practices by interdisciplinary teams of researchers, based on world-class research in health sciences.1
  • Work on projects that are relevant and beneficial to a wide range of health disciplines and clinical settings.
  • Undertake four courses specifically designed to strengthen your knowledge in health research and help with the development and execution of your research project.
  • Study in a flexible online environment, with the opportunity to gain specialised knowledge through tailored electives.

1Results in Public Health and Health Services - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

What is a research degree?

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, research degree students learn and apply advanced research methodologies to produce new knowledge and provide solutions to the world’s 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.

You can study a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Professional Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy (by Portfolio of Publications) and Masters by Research.

Research degrees offered at UniSA

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Produces graduates with the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality. By the end of the degree, a PhD student will be capable of independently designing and executing original research that generates new knowledge (three to four years full-time equivalent).

Professional Doctorate

A rigorous program of advanced study and research, designed specifically to meet the needs of industry, end-users and professional groups. Professional doctorates usually consist of a blend of coursework and research (three to four years full-time equivalent), encouraging close cooperation across university, industry and the profession and providing a framework for integrated professional expertise and scholarly inquiry.

Doctor of Philosophy (by Portfolio of Publications)

Allows formal recognition of established researchers and/or scholars who do not already hold a PhD qualification, and who have produced research of international standing in their field with an ongoing record of academic publication (work).

Masters by research

Students analyse their thesis topic at an advanced level, applying research methodology and techniques to contribute new knowledge to their field, under appropriate supervision (two years full-time equivalent).

Please note, a master by coursework (such as an MBA) involves enrolling in selected courses and participating in lectures and tutorials (online or on campus). It is different to a masters by research.

Find out more about what you can study.

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
  • Cancer
  • Healthy futures
  • Transforming societies

Learn more about our research themes.

The transformed PhD

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.

Four good reasons to do a research degree

  1. Challenge yourself. You will need to work hard, be dedicated and think analytically at a high level. You will tackle completely new research and different research methods, or extend research already undertaken.
  2. Increase your career opportunities. A research degree provides evidence of independent thought and the ability to manage a research project in a given timeframe. Your research could allow you to develop a new specialisation, academic field or career. A research degree at UniSA will also allow you to develop a skillset which sets you apart, putting you at the centre of your professional development.
  3. Make your ideas public. Your research findings may be published, presented at conferences, provide a commercial return and have a positive impact on society.
  4. Contribute to society. Discover new methods, understandings and techniques, and solve a real-world problem.

What can I research?

This research degree offers you the opportunity to complete research focussing on projects that impact and improve the health of individuals.

A strong emphasis is placed on authentic, enquiry-based learning in order to develop the research knowledge and skills necessary to join, participate and contribute to research and the wider community.

As part of this degree, you may work with the following research concentrations and groups:

 A current list of potential projects can be found here.

Find a supervisor and research area

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.

Scholarships and projects

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.

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.

Learn more about available scholarships.

Graduate outcomes

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:

  • understands, can contribute to and critique current research-based knowledge in their field
  • is prepared for lifelong learning in pursuit of ongoing personal development and excellence
  • is an effective problem solver and researcher
  • can work both autonomously and collaboratively as a researcher
  • is committed to ethical action and social responsibility
  • communicates research knowledge effectively
  • demonstrates international perspectives in research

Read about our research degree graduate qualities in more detail.

Academic regulations and Code of Good Practice

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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Biostatistics for Health Research HLTH 5187 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Health Research Methods HLTH 5199 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Research Planning HLTH 5200 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 2,3
Original Research Program 1 18
Original Research Program 2 18
Original Research Program 3 18

Why Master of Research (Health Sciences)

Why this Degree

Health research at UniSA brings together leading researchers with the aim to intervene early to prevent illness, improve health systems and services, create more effective health solutions, and advance health equality.

This postgraduate qualification will equip future allied health professionals with the advanced skills required to conduct independent and team research projects. This course is ideal for graduates of health science programs, such as human movement, physiotherapy, occupation therapy, podiatry, health science (public health), medical radiation or exercise and sport science.  

You will have the unique opportunity to work alongside active researchers who are involved in real-world critical research across a range of health fields.

Through your research, you may work with interdisciplinary experts in the following research areas:

  • Population health
  • Health services
  • Genetics
  • Cancer
  • Healthy lifestyles (active living, nutrition, sleep)
  • Neuroscience
  • Sports performance
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pain science
  • Evidence-based practice

How to apply

Before applying, you will need to do some investigation. Our seven-step guide will take you through the process of preparing your application to maximise your chances of success.

Research degree applications are made through our Apply Online facility, a secure step-by-step online service. Please check the research degrees calendar for all key dates.

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

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