Postgraduate Research

Higher Degree Research

Master of Science (research)

View our two research programs below:

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) research degree combines postgraduate coursework with a written thesis. It provides an alternative to the MSc (Research) program and it can also be a precursor to undertaking the PhD program. View conditions for the award here. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have an appropriate Bachelor's degree with Honours from the University of New South Wales or an equivalent qualification from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Faculty of Science Higher Degree Committee. In some cases, the applicant may be required to carry out a qualifying program before being permitted to enrol.

Applicants should have an appropriate Bachelor's degree with Honours from the University of New South Wales or an equivalent qualification from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Faculty of Science Higher Degree Committee. In some cases, the applicant may be required to carry out a qualifying program before being permitted to enrol. Applicants without a first class honours degree are usually enrolled initially as MSc candidates.

Applicants for admission to our research programs should first contact the Postgraduate Coordinator (Dr Maria Markoulli) and complete the School's expression of interest form to identify their proposed area of research and suitable supervision.

Information regarding the UNSW application process and scholarship opportunities for domestic and international students can be found on the research website

Important note regarding entry into PhD Program

Students who wish to be considered for entry into the PhD program on the basis of successful completion of the MOptom Research Project course OPTM7308 will be expected to achieve a grade of High Distinction and good referees' reports for their Research Project thesis.

Testimonials

The School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW was the ideal place for me to pursue my PhD studies. The training and guidance I received at UNSW and from my mentors at the Brien Holden Vision Institute have equipped me with the skillset necessary to be successful in my career. I enjoyed working with my mentors and the various faculty members at UNSW who supported me in everything I did. I am especially appreciative of the level of care and encouragement that I received during my PhD studies. My interactions with UNSW faculty have resulted in some life-long friendships. Pursuing a PhD on this beautiful campus at one of the most beautiful cities in the world would surely be a wonderful experience.

  • Carolina Kunnen, BOptom, BHealth, PhD

Daniel Rafla (MPhil)

The Master of Philosophy covers all facets of a research degree, providing the necessary experience and the basis to be able to undertake the PhD program.

Albert Lee (MPhil)

The MPhil is giving me an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum, and is providing me a skillset to research, promote and advocate for better outcomes in humanity.

Allan Ared (DOptom)

I am able to apply research to practical problems, formulate solutions to complex issues, and design effective solutions within my field of optometric expertise.

Suki Jaiswal (PhD)

Research study widens your scope of career opportunities and provides a supportive platform to learn new research and clinical skills as well as broaden professional networks.

Adam Samuels (PhD)

My research enables me to look at some issues I have encountered in practice and allows me to try and find solutions for them.

Jeremy Chiang (PhD)

I wanted to be at the forefront of new discoveries that are clinically relevant and translatable to real-world impact.

Peter Wagner (PhD)

I find it exciting to get to the edge of current knowledge. Designing experiments where things reveal their true nature is just fascinating.

Wilson Luu (PhD)

I am developing skills and improve my knowledge base so that I can make a broader impact on society.

Elisa Li (PhD)

Research gives you an opportunity to help more people, beyond the limits of your consultation room.

Matt Trinh (PhD)

Doing a PhD helps to develop and test my critical thinking and creativity. There are great opportunities to network and collaborate with like-minded people locally and globally.

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