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Benefits of a research degree

A postgraduate research degree equips you with specialist knowledge in your chosen field in preparation for entrepreneurial career pathways, senior roles in industry, or for a future career in research.

A research degree is an opportunity to expand your intellectual interests, build your skills and hone your expertise. And it’s not just for a certain ‘type’ of person. In fact, a research degree has something to offer anyone who’s passionate, intellectually curious, and up for a challenge.

As well as building in-depth disciplinary expertise, a UTS research degree will equip you with skills and knowledge that are highly valued in industry, government and academia, including:

  • advanced evidence-based and problem-solving skills
  • sophisticated data collection and analysis skills
  • project management and leadership experience
  • a range of ‘soft’ skills, like communication and collaboration

Types of research degree

There are several types of higher degree research qualification.

Not sure of the differences between a master's degree, a PhD and a Doctor of Creative Arts? The following overview will help you compare and decide which type of research qualification is right for you.

Or you can explore the research degrees we offer by area of research interest.

Master’s by Research

Duration: 1.5–2 years

Description

A master’s by research is a specialist degree in which students produce an original piece of research under academic supervision. This qualification supports students to deepen their existing expertise and interests in a specific discipline area, and to develop a wealth of skills relevant to both industry and academic career paths.

Entry requirements

A UTS-recognised bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

English language proficiency requirements vary by faculty. Additional requirements may also apply. Please use the UTS Handbook for a complete list of entry requirements for your chosen course.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Duration: 3 years

Description

A PhD is an internationally recognised qualification awarded to students who successfully undertake a three-year intensive research program. PhD students must produce an original thesis that makes a significant contribution to their chosen field. They work closely with an academic supervisor and, in some cases, with industry collaborators.

A PhD is the first step in an academic career. It is also highly valued in industry; graduates are recognised as experts in their field.

Entry requirements

A UTS-recognised master’s by research or bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

English language proficiency requirements vary by faculty. Additional requirements may also apply. Please use the UTS Handbook for a complete list of entry requirements for your chosen course.

Doctor of Creative Arts

Duration: 3 years

Description

The Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) is available through the UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It is aimed at creative arts graduates with a significant record of achievement in the media and/or creative arts, and who want to undertake substantial research in the areas of media and creative production.

Entry requirements

A UTS-recognised master’s by research or bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

English proficiency (international students or students with international qualifications): Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584–609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94–101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65–72; or CAE: 185–190.

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Doctor of Education

Duration: 3 years

Description

The Doctor of Education is available through the UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It is aimed at education professionals with an in interest in using research to expand and enhance their practice. Doctor of Education students deliver a practice-based research project on a designated topic, preparing them for senior roles in the education industry or for an academic career.

Entry requirements

A UTS-recognised master’s by research or bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

English proficiency (international students or students with international qualifications): Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584–609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94–101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65–72; or CAE: 185–190.

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Industry doctoral degrees

Duration: 3 years

Description

Industry doctoral students embark on research programs that solve real-world problems for our industry partners, and graduate with skills and professional networks that are highly relevant to their future careers. Industry degrees are available through the through UTS-Industry Doctorate Program (PhD only), and the ATN Industry Doctoral Training Centre (master’s and PhD).

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the domestic or international entry requirements for a master’s or PhD at UTS, depending on their classification.

Before applying for an industry doctoral degree, applicants should contact the Graduate Research School to discuss their research interests.

Dual/joint degrees and cotutelle program

Description

Joint/dual degrees and the cotutelle program support students to pursue a PhD across two universities. PhD projects are jointly supervised by prominent academics at UTS and one of our Key Technology Partnership institutions in China, India, Europe or Latin America. These degrees give students invaluable international experience and the opportunity to take advantage of UTS’s strong industry and partner links. Visit our dual/joint degree and cotutelle page for more information.

Entry requirements

You must meet the domestic or international entry requirements for a PhD at UTS, depending on your classification.

Additional entry requirements may apply at the partnering university.

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Visiting research student program

Duration: 1–4 sessions

Description

Students from overseas universities can apply to study at UTS as a visiting research student for up to four semesters. The program gives students the opportunity to study with academic experts in world-class facilities on the UTS City campus, and to add an international edge to their degree.

Entry requirements

Students must be currently enrolled in a master’s or PhD, or a coursework master’s or PhD with a minimum 60 per cent research component, at a university other than UTS. The home university must give permission for the student to apply for the Visiting Research Student Program.

Students must meet international admission requirements for a UTS master’s or PhD, and must find a supervisor and submit a research proposal as part of the application process.

 

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Follow our simple step-by-step guide to apply. View entry requirements and supporting documentation, write a research proposal and lodge your application online.