How to Apply/Enrol

Step 1: Determine Your Research Topic

You are encouraged, as a first step, to determine your preferred field of study, and find the Academic School that will best meet your requirements.  You can do this by browsing the below list:

You should discuss your proposed research with either the Head of School or prospective supervisor.

These staff can provide you with assistance concerning your choice of topic and advise you on the preparation of your research proposal.

Step 2: Find An Academic School

Find an academic school

You need to identify potential supervisors by visiting the staff pages of each School and identify a supervisor who matches your area of research interest, or by browsing the below list of Faculties:

You may contact a potential supervisor to discuss your project prior to applying for admission.

You may also wish to browse the many research degree courses and units available.

Step 3: Find A Prospective Supervisor

To contact a prospective supervisor, please see 'find an expert'.

Step 4: Submit A Candidature Application

Please download the appropriate guidelines and forms.

International Students

International Students Application Guidelines

International Students Candidature Application Form

Referee Report

Domestic Students

Domestic Students Application Guidelines

Domestic Students Candidature Application Form

Referee Report

Doctor of Philosophy (Innovation) Application and Guidelines

(Note: the Doctor of Philosophy (Innovation) is different to the Doctor of Philosophy)


Domestic Students Candidature Application Guidelines

Domestic Students Candidature Application

Innovation project Prospectus

Referee Report


International Students Candidature Application Guidelines

International Students Candidature Application

Innovation project Prospectus

Referee Report

Applying for a Scholarship

UNE offers a number of different competitive scholarship schemes for postgraduate research students. To find out more about these scholarships, or to apply for a scholarship please visit our Scholarships page or contact Research Services.

Step 5: Receive Your Candidature Outcome

Whether you are successful or unsuccessful in gaining Candidature admission, you will be notified. 

The application turn around time can take up to 4-6 weeks, if you have not been notified before this time, please contact Research Services to enquiry about your application status.

Step 6: Enrol In Your HDR Course

To accept your Offer of Admission, all students need to complete and return to Research Services, the HDR Enrolment Form found on HDR Forms and Policies.

International students

All International Students will need to refer to their International Offer Guide sent to them with their Offer of Admission, for any mandatory International forms.

For further information, please contact the International Office.

Step 7: Fee Information

International Students

All International Students will need to refer to the International Course Fees.

International Students - Temporary Residents Program: Dependant children of international students residing in New South Wales and holding a current student visa and enrolled in a Post Graduate Doctorate in NSW institutions (excludes King Abdullah Scholarship holders) are exempt from the 2010 Education Fee structure. Further information is available from the Department of Education.

Domestic Students

All Domestic Students' tuition fees are covered by the Research Training Program However, you will still be invoiced the Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). This is not covered by the RTP.

For more information, please contact us.