Postgraduate research programs at the Faculty of Engineering

Postgraduate research programs

At the UNSW Faculty of Engineering we offer two Postgraduate research awards – PhD and Master of Philosophy in Engineering. They are available across our 9 schools.

Each degree includes a comprehensive research induction program and career development courses in commercialisation, project management and communication. Each requires the submission of a thesis embodying the results of an original investigation or design.

The Faculty of Engineering research programs are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Duration: 3-4 years of advanced study (minimum duration for completion is 3 years)
    Entry requires: either a completed Masters by Research or a four-year Bachelor degree with at least upper second class Honours, both with a substantial research component.

  • Master of Philosophy in Engineering (MPhil)

    Duration: 1.5-2 years of advanced study (minimum duration for completion is 1.5 years)
    Entry requires: an appropriate four-year Bachelor degree with Honours that includes a substantial research component.


PhD vs Masters – what’s the difference

A PhD involves considerably more original work than a Master degree by research. Candidates acquire advanced specialist research training and produce a thesis that summarises the research and provides evidence for independent thought and critical analysis, effective communication and expert knowledge of the discipline in the international context.

An MPhil degree requires completion of an original piece of research, more limited in scope and nature to that required for a PhD. Candidates develop mastery of appropriate methodology, and present their findings in the wider context of their discipline.

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