Postgraduate Research Programs

We encourage prospective postgraduate research students to explore our Research Laboratories and Groups to learn more about our areas of interest. After exploring the opportunities for study in a particular area, you are encouraged to complete an Expression of Interest for Higher Degree Research Students form and emailing it to ers-hdr@une.edu.au. The submitted EOI form will be forwarded to suitable academic staff who will contact you discuss your interest in postgraduate research.

If you want further information about postgraduate research at UNE, look through the informative Higher Degree Research (HDR) website. Contact Research Services if you have any general questions.

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. UNE Research Scholarships are also available through a competitive application process.  Current scholarship opportunities can be found here.

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.