Postgraduate Research Programs

We encourage prospective postgraduate research students to explore our Research Laboratories and Groups to learn more about our areas of interest, and to contact an academic staff member directly to explore opportunities for study in a particular area. You are encouraged to contact our academic staff directly and discuss your research interests with them.  By providing them with a full CV and details of your academic record, together you can find topics and degrees that best suit your needs.

Contact the School's postgraduate co-ordinator A/Prof. Brian Wilson if you have any problems with finding a suitable supervisor, or if you have problems with administration contact Shirley Fraser.

Masters Programs

The following Masters programs are advanced research degrees taken by thesis only. These courses are suited to candidates wishing to pursue a particular research topic with the objective of entering a research based rather than a management based career.

Master of Rural Science

This course is suited to candidates wishing to pursue a particular research topic related to the rural science and agriculture.  Graduates are also qualified for employment in research organisations such as CSIRO, universities, departments of primary industries, and with agricultural planning consultants.


Master of Environmental Science (Research)

This course is suited to candidates wishing to pursue a particular research topic related to the science with the objective of entering a research based rather than a management based career. Graduates are also qualified for employment in research organisations such as CSIRO and ANSTO, universities, environmental protection agencies, and scientific research laboratories.


Master of Science

Master of Science graduates are eligible to apply for admission to PhD candidature.Graduates are also qualified for employment in research organisations such as CSIRO and ANSTO, universities, environmental protection agencies, and scientific research laboratories.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree enables students to undertake a substantial piece of independent and sustained research on an original topic under academic supervision. The research is expected to make an original and innovative contribution to the discipline knowledge.

All Australian and New Zealand students who meet the criteria for entry to the PhD will not incur fees and will be funded under the Government's Research Training Scheme (RTS) for the normal duration of the course. International Students incur tuition fees. For information on how to apply please see Prospective Research Students.

Postgraduate Scholarships

Many staff can offer targeted research scholarships, usually related to specific research grants, and staff can often work with prospective students to create projects targeted to their specific needs. Please contact the Research Lab or supervisor you are interested in PhD level study. UNE Research Scholarships are also available through a competitive application process.

JASON is a postgraduate scholarship search engine. Scholarships in the database apply to Australian students wishing to study at home or abroad, and to international students wishing to study in Australia.