The University of Newcastle, Australia

Research Higher Degrees

Top 200
10 subjects ranked in the top 200 in the world
Top 8 ? in Australia for research 'well above world standard'
95% ? of our research is 'at' or 'above world standard'
Top 9 ? in Australia for research income (HERDC), $100.8M in total

The University of Newcastle, Australia, is a leader in university education, with a reputation for high quality teaching and learning, and exciting, contemporary academic programs. Students have access to researchers who are leaders in their field, and graduate ready to make an impact across the globe.

The University of Newcastle is proud of its international student body. Of the 40,000 students enrolled in the university, over 7,000 originate from over 100 countries outside Australia. Studying at UON gives you not only the skills and networks to shape your future, but the global outlook necessary for today’s world. We also offer international students a range of support services and cultural programs tailored to their needs through our dedicated UON Global team.

PHD and Research Masters Degrees are available for international students at all major campuses, including our two main locations, Newcastle Campus (Callaghan) and Newcastle City Precinct. Here, you can experience one of Australia’s most beloved coastal cities. You can also study in our new Sydney Campus, placing you in the heart of Australia’s busiest business hub, or in the tranquil environment of our Central Coast Campus .

PhD entry requirements

The University assesses all applications on a case by case basis. Eligibility is competitive with different requirements for a Doctoral Degree (research) and Master of Philosophy (Research)

The University assesses all applications on a case-by-case basis. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate meeting the University's English proficiency policy. The most common method of meeting this is an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and no subtest below 6.0. In addition to academic eligibility, offers of admission are made dependent upon there being appropriate supervisory capacity to oversee the proposed research and resources to support it.

It is also recommended that applicants discuss their qualifications with a prospective supervisor. The advice of a prospective supervisor can be considered in the determination of acceptance.

What if I do not meet the language requirements for entry?

The University of Newcastle Language Centre is an award-winning leader in teaching English language (ELICOS). With locations in both Newcastle and Sydney, students are offered 25 hours of class time per week, and can take part in an incredible student experience program that provides cultural experience alongside daily and academic language skills.

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STEP ONE: Find a research degree

Find the right research degree for you on our full listing of:

PhD degrees

Research Masters degrees

STEP TWO: Find a supervisor

Download the Expression of Interest form

STEP THREE: Write a research proposal

Download the research proposal template

STEP FOUR: Apply now

Apply online using our Online Direct Admissions tool, or login if you’re an existing user.

Got a question about undertaking a PhD or Research Masters?

For more information about a PhD or Research Masters degree visit the Graduate Research website, or contact UON Graduate Research at or phone +61 2 4921 6537