Submitting an application
Ready to apply for a research degree with the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT?
Here is a step-by-step guide on determining eligibility, information on required documents, key dates, and what happens after an application is submitted.
- Finding a supervisor and preparing your research proposal
- Checklist for required documentation
- Submitting an application
- What happens next?
Entry to a PhD program
Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research, a 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 demonstrate potential to pursue research studies.
Entry to a Master’s program
Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrate potential to pursue research studies.
English language requirements
All applicants must meet the University’s English language proficiency requirements to be considered for admission and a scholarship. Review the application deadlines to make sure your language level satisfies the requirements.
Finding a supervisor and preparing a research proposal
Finding a supervisor whose research interests align with yours is the next important step in your research degree journey!
Before applying, all candidates must secure the agreement of an academic supervisor from the faculty for the duration of their intended studies. Explore connections based on research area or by name at find a supervisor.
Arrange an interview with your potential supervisor to discuss your proposed research project and the university resources available for it to go ahead. After the consultation, a research proposal must be written before submitting an application.
Checklist for required application documents
In addition to the documentation required by our Graduate Research School, here's a checklist of the documents required by the faculty. All documents must be in PDF format:
- Proof of satisfying the English language requirements.
- Your research proposal.
- Cover letter outlining your motivation to study at the Faculty of Engineering and IT.
- Official academic transcripts of all tertiary degrees (completed or attempted). This includes any current degree(s) that you are currently enrolled in and yet to complete.
- For applicants who are still completing a degree at the time of applying for their research degree with our faculty, final semester results may be provided at a later stage. Transcripts must include a grade and unit for each course. Ensure that all pages of each transcript (per degree), including the original language copy, is included in one PDF document.
- Proof of completion of all tertiary degrees, such as your university testamur. If you are currently studying, your testamur for your current degree can be submitted at a later stage, once it is available.
- Grading systems – this should be a document from your university explaining the meaning of grades at the institutions where you studied.
- Curriculum vitae (CV) – this should include information on all degrees completed or attempted, any research outputs, conference presentations, and relevant professional employment experience.
- Visa/passport: all applicants are required to provide a copy of their passport. International applicants onshore must also provide a copy of their visa.
- Domestic applicants only: two academic referee reports are required. Please give your application details to two referees and ask them to complete the online Academic Referee Report. Their completed reports will then be submitted to the Graduate Research School. Both you and your referees will be notified of successful submission. Please note that the referee reports are confidential and that UTS will not release them to applicants.
All documentation must be in English. Where certified documents are required, they must meet UTS document certification standards. Find out how to certify and translate your documents.
Submitting an application for admission and a scholarship
Please ensure any University-based requirements, as outlined by the Graduate Research School, have been met before submitting an application.
If you've met the steps listed above, you are now ready to submit an application!
Remember to select 'I want to be considered for UTS scholarships' to be considered for both admission and a scholarship.
What happens next?
As per the Graduate Research School instructions:
- You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application.
- Your application will be assessed based on the information provided online.
- You can monitor the progress of your application and continue to upload supporting documentation using the username and password emailed to you.
- International applicants: you may be contacted by the GRS requesting to nominate an authorised UTS agent to handle your application and assist with document verification and undertake Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) and Genuine Student (GS) checks according to the guideline of Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) by Department of Home Affairs.
- You will be notified of the outcome of your admission application by email.
If you have applied by the application deadline (and indicated that you wish to be considered for a scholarship), your scholarship application will be considered in the next round. All applicants will be notified of the outcome via email.