Learn with the Brightest
Be inspired and supported by the brightest minds at Australia’s most influential university, ranked 38th in the world. As a postgraduate student at the University of Sydney you will join an exclusive network and gain a globally recognised postgraduate qualification that will give you the professional edge.
We have over 200 scholarships on offer for both postgraduate coursework and postgraduate research students. Over $54 million in scholarships is offered to both domestic and international students each year. There are also scholarships available from entities including the Federal Government and various industries and organisations. We can help you find a scholarship to achieve your postgraduate qualifications.
Postgraduate options at Sydney
Single units of study
We offer a range of units of study, each of which may be ideal for professional development or to explore subjects of general interest. If you subsequently enrol in an award course, it may be possible to credit these units towards a formal qualification.
Graduate certificates are intended for people who want to undertake a short academic training course to further their career, or to sample further study. They typically require six months of full-time study.
Graduate diplomas are normally based on master’s programs but require less time commitment. They are an excellent option for students who do not want to commit to a full master’s, but still need a solid grounding in their chosen field. They typically require one year of full-time study.
Master’s programs are ideal for graduates who need specialised knowledge and skills that will help them take the next step in their career or develop academic expertise. They typically require between one and two years of full-time study.
PhD and research
A research degree requires in-depth study in a specialised area. A research student undertakes a major thesis, supervised by a staff member. It is usually possible to upgrade from the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), provided satisfactory progress is made in the first year.
Research & Insights
THE FUTURE OF WORK
Watch Anders Sorman-Nilsson discuss trends impacting industry today and how students can gain a competitive edge in the work place of the future.
DEFINE YOUR ARCHITECTURAL IDENTITY
The Master of Architecture at the University of Sydney will help define your identity as an architect. You will be immersed in the most rigorous architecture program in Australia. Leading academics Lee Stickells, Michael Tawa and Dagmar Reinhardt explain why the Master of Architecture at the University of Sydney is the best decision for your career. Find out more about this degree
CONTROLLING THE NATION’S WEIGHT
Does controlling our weight matter to you? Professor Stephen Simpson's unconventional research has led to new insights into the global obesity epidemic. Learn more about our multidisciplinary research into obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease at sydney.edu.au/perkins
IMPROVING CHILDREN’S LITERACY
Does improving children's literacy matter to you? Professor Robyn Ewing's School Drama Project uses drama techniques in the classroom to improve children's literacy and life skills. Learn more about our research by visiting our Faculty of Education and Social Work website.
"My research investigates the early work of the Modernist author and poet Malcolm Lowry, who was famous for writing ‘Under the Volcano’. He had this 'magpie' like quality of taking from others, like getting a glimmering phrase from someone and putting it straight into his own work."Read More
"In keeping with my childhood dreams, I am a coastal advisor for the NSW government and provide advice on managing the impacts of hazards on NSW coasts, beaches and estuaries."Read More
RebeccaAustralian Laureate Fellow
RebeccaAustralian Laureate Fellow
"I had thought it’d be interesting to look at why we teach the way we do today, but then I just found myself working back through history."Read More
“People find it quite interesting that you would have something to say about fashion that would have any substance to it.”Read More
"Communication is vitally important – if you can’t explain your work, people won’t understand its potential. You could miss opportunities to collaborate with and inspire people in and out of your field."Read More
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