Postgraduate Research Options
The Faculty offers research options at Master's and PhD level. Our internationally recognised research excellence, strong partnerships with industry and world-class and world-leading academic staff allow us to offer our postgraduate students a unique and innovative research experience.
Whether you're a UWA graduate, or have completed undergraduate study elsewhere, we welcome your interest in postgraduate study in engineering, computing or mathematics.
Postgraduate scholarships of more than AUS $25,000 a year (tax free) may be available for postgraduate students entering the Faculty.
Why a research degree?
- A unique opportunity to follow your interests
- Explore your capacity for creative, independent research, critical thinking
- Learn time and project management and problem-solving skills
- You will also need to have, or to develop, excellent skills of organisation and communication of information
- Employers prefer employees with a PhD because PhD graduates:
- have excellent project and personal management skills
- can think independently and critically, and solve problems
- can communicate effectively
- have a high rate of success in employment because the generic or transferable skills required for success in their research degree are the same skills that are in high demand by employers
Master's degree by research
A master's degree by research consist of 2 years full-time study and is examined by thesis. Your thesis must be a substantial work, generally based on independent research, that shows:
- sound knowledge of the research subject;
- evidence of independent thought; and
- the ability to use clear and concise language
A PhD is a programme of independent, supervised research that consists of 3-4 years full-time study and is examined by thesis. Your thesis must be "substantial and original contribution to scholarship, demonstrating mastery of the subject of interest as well as an advance in that field of knowledge."
- Thesis is submitted at the end of the programme and examined by three external examiners.
- Your choice of supervisor(s) is important for:
- expert guidance on your research topic
- supervision style
- facilities for your research
- networking opportunities with other research students and researchers in the group
- successful PhD completions
The Graduate Coordinator in your School of interest is a good person to talk to first.
Last updated February 5, 2016