Through contacts I developed during my PhD, I was offered a 12-month temporary job as Coastal Advisor with the Office of Environment and Heritage, which I now holds on a permanent, full-time basis. University is a great time to build networks. My postgraduate study provided the technical grounding for my job, and it also marks a highlight of my career. Completing my PhD gave me a real sense of achievement. I feel lucky to have landed a job that’s in-line with my studies in the field I’m passionate about, and it’s rewarding to be making an ongoing difference to how we manage our coastline for both our and future generations.
Next, I enrolled in Honours, which was essential in opening the door to my PhD and future job. The professional network I developed during Honours and PhD was essential in helping me secure my job. University is a great time to build networks, and you can also make contacts through groups like the Australian Coastal Society.
The path to winning my dream job started with a marine science degree at Sydney, where I studied marine biology, oceanography, geology and coastal zone management.
How to Apply
How to apply for a research degree
Applying for entry to a research degree requires some time and preparation.
Step 1. Identify and establish an academic contact/potential supervisor
Contact a member of academic staff to send your initial research proposal to. Use our Research Supervisor Connect tool to find them.
Step 2. Develop and submit an initial research proposal
Once you have initiated discussions with an academic contact, you should prepare your initial research proposal of around 500 words.
Step 3. Revise and finalise your research proposal
In conjunction with your academic contact, refine your research proposal ready for submission of your formal application.
Step 4. Identify and contact two academic referees
Once you have completed the proposal and had it reviewed by your academic contact, you’re ready to submit your application.
Step 6. Submit your application
All research applications are made online through the Find a course database. For PhD applications, go to Find a Course, search for 'Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)' and pick your faculty. Click 'apply now' and follow the instructions.
You may be required to provide supporting documentation. All documents submitted need to be either original or certified according to the University's Certification of Documents Guidelines (PDF 40KB).
Note for International students
The University of Sydney has many scholarships available for international students.
Note for local students
Domestic research students are exempt from paying fees for the duration of their course.
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