Where will postgraduate study lead you?
Research with real-world impact
Embarking on a research degree at Sydney is an opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s most accomplished academics. We have world-class facilities and the drive to challenge traditional ways of thinking. You'll have the support you need to tackle the big questions that could change the world.
Challenging conventions in and out of the classroom
By being immersed in the latest business issues and theories while gaining in-market experience, students from the University of Sydney Business School are uniquely positioned to challenge conventions, disrupt the status quo and adapt to new ways of thinking. Through their experiences and access to unparalleled networks, our students are able to make a positive impact in their organisations, and generate better economic and social outcomes.
When new technology arrives, new habits follow. The University of Sydney Law School has recently undertaken a survey into teen sexting, in order to understand perceptions of the practice as well as public and media discourse around it. Around 47% of those surveyed had sent or received a sext, reinforcing the need for education and legal clarification around the practice.
Bold thinking architects tackle real city challenges
To understand the complex relationship between architecture and infrastructure, Master of Architecture students from the University of Sydney travelled to Tokyo to focus on Tokyo’s main circular subway, the Yamanote line, as an architectural structure. The project tested the value of architecture against the city’s transport needs and framework for city growth. It included a comparative urban analysis of Sydney’s major train stations to help bring the city of Tokyo to life.
How mobile phones could save us from obesity
Researchers at the University of Sydney have designed a world-first mobile phone intervention for young people at risk of obesity. Called TXT2BFIT, the program uses text messages, a mobile phone app, emails, diet resources and personalised coaching calls. Participants in the program lost weight, increased physical activity, ate more vegetables and drank fewer sugary drinks.
Art expresses the hidden world around us
Sydney College of the Arts lecturers David Haines and Joyce Hinterding have recently held a major exhibition at the MCA, in which they explored the ‘unseen energies that surround us’. These included low frequency radio waves, television signals, paranormal events, satellite transmissions and psychic forces. The pair sought to reveal these to the audience through work that draws on science, the occult and philosophy.
Understanding and predicting the demise of a city
A team of University of Sydney archaeologists have used groundbreaking laser imaging to map central Angkor and identify how unstable climate change damaged the city's water system and contributed to its demise. These learnings relate to contemporary issues such as low-density urbanism and the risks of climate change.
Cannabis opens new doors in medicine
A $33.7 million gift to the University of Sydney places Australia at the forefront of medicinal cannabinoid research. The donation by Barry and Joy Lambert is the largest gift ever made to research at the University of Sydney, and holds the promise of achieving innovative and effective new medicines to alleviate the suffering of countless numbers of people.
Understanding the dangers of agility for start-ups
Agility is being prescribed as a rule for success amongst Australia’s growing technology-led start-ups and small businesses. While "agile" could help some companies to innovate, agility alone is not enough – it’s the thinking behind innovation that is difficult to replicate. Immersed in the latest business issues while gaining in-market experience and access to unparalleled networks, students from the University of Sydney Business School are uniquely positioned to build long-term value by challenging conventions and adapting to new ways of thinking.
How a city's design can activate and delight
Researchers and policy experts at the University of Sydney are exploring the link between urban planning and the collective well-being of a city. Urban Planners are essential to creating environments that support healthy behaviour, which is being positioned as a point for better policy integration. Through framing health problems as urban planning problems, Urban Planners and Architects are best able to prioritise and address them.
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.
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