A Research Higher Degree will prepare you for a number of career pathways and is offered by the Faculty of Health and Medicine at a Masters and PhD level.

Research Higher Degrees

Join the next generation of researchers

Gabrielle BriggsThe Faculty of Health and Medicine currently boasts over 360 research students, in a wide range of fields. The Faculty offers research degrees at the Masters and PhD levels, with students embarking on a significant research project. The PhD by research is the highest degree awarded by the University.  The completion time for these programs is 2 years full time for the research Masters and up to 4 years full time for the PhD. 

Why a research higher degree?

A Research Higher Degree will prepare you for a number of career pathways.  It is the recognised qualification for a career in academia, but can also open doors to new career paths in the public and private sectors.

Graduates from Research Higher Degree programs are highly employable across all fields of study.  For example in 2011, 83% of PhD/Masters graduates are in full time employment with 77% of those in permanent or long-term employment positions.  Of those that were educated in a 'health' field, 90.8% are engaged in full time employment (Postgraduate Destinations, 2011). 

Apart from enhanced employment prospects, students also benefit from having meaningfully advanced the research and knowledge in their chosen field, and have proof they are capable of completing a complex project at a world-class standard.  The practical experience gained through a Research Higher Degree will help you excel in all aspects of your life.

Research area overview

  • Asthma and Respiratory Disease
  • Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine
  • Brain and Mental Health
  • Chemical Biology
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Reproductive Science

Academic Enquiries
Associate Professor Derek Laver
Phone: +61 2 49218732
Email: Derek.Laver@newcastle.edu.au

  • Environmental and Occupational
  • Health Medical Radiation Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oral Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry

 Academic Enquiries
Dr Suzanne Snodgrass
Phone: +61 2 4921 2089
Email: Suzanne.Snodgrass@newcastle.edu.au

  • Cancer
  • General Practice (Medicine)
  • Mental Health/Psychiatry
  • Paediatrics
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgical Science

Academic Enquiries
Prof Jodie Simpson
Phone: +61 4042 0148
Email: Jodie.simpson@newcastle.edu.au

  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Community Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology
  • Gender, Health and Ageing
  • General Practice
  • Health Behavioural Science
  • Psycho-Oncology

Academic Enquiries
Dr Erica James
Phone: + 61 2 4923 6191
Email: Erica.James@newcastle.edu.au

  • Midwifery
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Paediatric, Youth and Family Nursing
  • Older Person Nursing
  • Clinical Research & Development
  • Professional Issues & Acute Care

Academic Enquiries
A/Prof Ashley Kable
Phone: +61 2 4921 6334
Email: Ashley.Kable@newcastle.edu.au

Find a supervisor

Research degree candidates work closely with an academic supervisor to produce a thesis that is examined by external examiners prior to award.  As such it is recommended that prospective candidates align their research project with the research expertise of existing academic staff.  This can be done by browsing the research interests of academic staff in the Faculty and making contact with a prospective supervisor who has appropriate research experience in the discipline of choice. 

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Supervision Opportunities

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma pathogenesis

PhD Scholarship - Role of mechanical forces in asthma pathogenesis

Closing date: 31 October 2014

Applications are open for a PhD scholarship at the University of Newcastle. As the successful applicant you will undertake your doctoral studies in the Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Disease at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle.


PhD Opportunity - Abnormalities in innate immunity in asthma

PhD Opportunity - Abnormalities in innate immunity in asthma

Closing date: 12 December 2014

A PhD opportunity exists within a research group which focuses on the innate immune responses in airway epithelial cells against respiratory/infectious viral infections including influenza viruses and coronaviruses, and how these immune responses can be altered by viruses under the supervision of Dr Alan Hsu


PhD Opportunities in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

PhD Opportunities in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Closing date: 1 December 2015

Applications are invited from motivated graduates to undertake a PhD in Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (MRS) under the supervision of Dr Saadallah Ramadan



Further information

For more information on research degrees in the Faculty of Health and Medicine, please send an email to foh_rhd_rto@newcastle.edu.au.