Why study a research degree?
Join the next generation of researchers - study a PhD or Research Masters degree at UON.
A research degree provides a unique opportunity to follow a specific interest, in a particular area of research. We have a strong research presence across our disciplines and have approximately 150 research degrees to choose from.
We have a strong research presence across the breadth of our disciplines and are particularly proud of our leadership and international recognition in our fields of strength.
Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher is an internationally recognised cancer care and health behaviour expert. His latest ground-breaking research aims to reshape thinking surrounding death and chronic illness, so that end-of-life preparations are as thorough as preparing for the birth of a child.
Laureate Professor Aitken is a global authority on reproductive biology. Supported by funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), his research offers a solution to unsustainable population growth.
Professor Nick Talley is a neurogastroenterologist, a specialist in unexplained gut disorders affecting nerves and muscles such as irritable bowel syndrome, severe indigestion and slow stomach emptying, conditions which affect millions of people.
Professor Paul Foster and Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson, co-Directors of the University’s
Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases, lead highly
talented teams of scientists and doctors who integrate the latest advances in
laboratory technology to understand and manage the treatment of chronic airway
conditions and respiratory diseases such as asthma.
» Paul's research profile » Peter's research profile
Professor John Forbes AM is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of breast cancer prevention and treatment, with a number of pioneering breakthroughs credited with saving millions of women's lives over his 40 year career.
Professor Julie Byles is the Director of the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing. A key activity of the Centre is the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health which aims to identify biological, psychosocial and environmental factors affecting the health of women from all walks of life.
Professor Ron Plotnikoff is Director of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition which has an interdisciplinary approach to understanding physical activity and nutrition relating to population health strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.
Geneticist Professor Rodney Scott and computer
scientist Professor Pablo Moscato are
co-Directors of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics,
Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine. This successful collaboration between two
internationally renowned researchers is using medical science and computer
analysis to unlock the mysteries of cancer and other diseases.
» Rodney's research profile » Pablo's research profile
Laureate Professor Scott Sloan is the Director of the University's Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling and also leads the ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Sloan is an expert in soil stability analysis.
Professor Rob Melchers’ research on marine corrosion is leading the way towards safer, more resilient offshore engineering and construction. The corrosion of steel in marine environments is a big issue for the water industry worldwide, in particular the corrosion of mooring chains and wire rope for offshore platforms.
Professor Adam McCluskey is the Director of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology. He is involved in research resulting in four key drug discovery areas being pursued: epilepsy, kidney disease, cancer, and anti-viral.
ARC Fellow Professor Reza Moheimani's research includes developing nanotechnology capable of creating maximum memory on the smallest piece of technology, allowing people to carry huge amounts of information on a tiny portable device.
Associate Professor Sarah Johnson performs research in the fields of signal processing, error correction coding and information theory. The applications of her research include secure and reliable digital communications and biomedical imaging technologies.
Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson is a chemical engineer and inventor of the Jameson Cell, a revolutionary mineral processing technology that contributes more than three billion dollars to the national economy every year.
Chemical engineers Professor Behdad Moghtaderi and Dr Elham Doroodchi are driven by a desire to develop technologies to help reduce greenhouse emissions. Developed in conjunction with Granite Power Ltd, GRANEX is an emission-free engine that turns heat from low-grade sources into electricity. Professor Moghtaderi and his research team are currently delivering safe, new methods of managing Ventilation Air Methane generated by underground coal mines.
Professor Kevin Galvin developed the Reflux Classifier, an industrial machine that separates fine particles on the basis of either density or size, saving the global mining and minerals processing industry billions of dollars.
Designing revolutionary innovations such as solar paint and needle-free glucose tests has put Professor Paul Dastoor at the forefront of the emerging field of organic electronics. His advances are set to improve the environment and lives of communities around the world.
Biologist Professor Chris Grof's love of plants has developed into a quest to engineer a viable biofuel that could reduce Australians' reliance on fossil fuels. Director of the Centre for Plant Science, Professor Grof has taken a lead role in a research project to develop sorghum as a biofuel.
With a global reputation as an authority on pneumatic conveying and bulk solids handling, Engineering Professor Mark Jones and his team have delivered more than 3,500 bulk solids handling projects for over 1,000 companies across 40 countries.
Material engineers Professor Erich Kisi and Dr Heber Sugo have received $515,000 from the Australian Solar Institute to create a new device that converts solar energy directly into electricity. Working with materials at much higher temperatures than their European and North American colleagues, Sugo and Kisi's research produces a more efficient conversion of heat into electricity, thereby reducing production and environmental costs.
Dr Alan Broadfoot is the Director of the world-class Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), established to address rapidly emerging issues in the energy and resources sector. Providing practical and viable benefits to industry, the community and the economy, NIER is advancing research in clean energy production, energy efficiency and the minimisation of carbon emissions through its research.
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Rachael Unicomb is a Lecturer and Researcher for the Speech Pathology (honours) program. She has a clinical and translational research interest in the communication of young children, in particular those with speech sound disorders and stuttering.
Dr Sally Hewat, a University of Newcastle (UON) speech pathologist who specialises in the treatment of stuttering, is working to establish speech therapy in Vietnam – where, as a profession, it doesn't exist.
Bronwyn Hemsley's research is helping bypass speech difficulties through the use of mobile technologies and e-health solutions.
Professor Alison Ferguson is a speech pathology researcher whose specialty is communicative interaction. She explores novel communication strategies for people who have lost speech and language function.
Dr Caragh Brosnan is a researcher in the sociology of health and illness. Her focus is on health care and its value to society, but more fundamentally, the moral and principled human decisions that lie behind the science that governs our health and wellbeing.
Through his research into the shifting sense of identity of Australia's young people, University of Newcastle sociologist Dr David Farrugia is questioning the assumptions on which our policies around rural youth are based.
Dr Kathleen McPhillips is looking into the murky world of child sexual abuse within the church culture.
University of Newcastle researcher Dr Hedda Haugen Askland examines the deep-rooted forces behind home, identity and belonging in exile and refugee communities.
Daniela Heil's anthropological expertise is helping to understand the impact of cultural differences on the health of indigenous communities.
Dr Terry Leahy, a University of Newcastle sociologist, is behind a film documenting a permaculture project in Zimbabwe that has changed lives and boosted food security.
Professor Lisa Adkins' research interests are in feminist theory and the sociology of gender; social and cultural theory; and economic sociology (especially the sociology of post-industrial economies and the new political economy).
Professor Pam Nilan contributes a unique sociologist's viewpoint to the body of research on youth cultures in the Asia-Pacific region.
Professor Germov is a sociologist and widely published author with research interests spanning the social origins of food and alcohol habits, public health nutrition, sociology of obesity and workplace change. His recent work focuses on the historical sociology of wine.
An advocate of strengthening links between research and practice, Dr Milena Heinsch is seeking to contribute to social advancements in the allied health and medical arenas.
Dr Tamara Blakemore's framework for social work practice is grounded in an understanding of the complex and connected contexts that prompt, facilitate, and constrain the wellbeing of children, families and communities.
Under the guidance of Professor Gray, the University of Newcastle was the only university in Australia to receive a '5' rating for social work research in the "Excellence in Research for Australia" (ERA) rankings which are administered by the Australian Research Council.
Nothing frustrates Professor Terry Lovat more than opening a newspaper to read uninformed commentary about Muslims and the Islamic faith.
Religion, radicalism and revolutionaries all fall under the critical gaze of theologian and writer Professor Roland Boer.
Documenting small, regional languages can help them to not only survive, but thrive.
When it comes to language, how well do we actually understand the structure of syllables and words? Associate Professor Mark Harvey's 2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project aims to determine this through the documentation of a severely endangered Indigenous language.
At the heart of a cross-faculty research project under way at Newcastle is the view to improving the quality of life of newcomers to Australia.
A dedicated team of Newcastle linguists is committed to studying the practical, scientific and cultural significance of dying local languages.
Because he doesn't believe the present can be understood without acknowledging the past, Dr James Bennett is casting a critical eye over a broad slice of twentieth century Australia and New Zealand.
The story of Professor Lyndall Ryan from Newcastle's Centre for the History of Violence began while documenting the history of Tasmania's convict system.
Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds is on a quest to unearth the real story of Australia's nuclear ambitions
An authority on all things American, Dr Kit Candlin is seeking to unearth – and solve – some of its history's most devilish mysteries.
Professor Victoria Haskins' study of Indigenous domestic service policies across two countries is filling a gap in the historical narrative.
Digging into the past and turning up surprising – and sometimes uncomfortable – truths, Dr Kate Ariotti is seeking to put names, faces and facts to the First World War prisoner of war experience.
Professor Coleborne is an internationally recognised historian of health and medicine with an extensive portfolio of research, teaching, administration and academic leadership. Her research and publishing in the histories of mental health, families, illness, colonial worlds and medical institutions, as well as in law and history has attracted world-wide attention.
University of Newcastle Future Fellow Professor Hans-Lukas Kieser looks to humanity's violent past for answers to a peaceful future
Dr Nancy Cushing is an environmental historian who is examining the underlying beliefs and aims that led, by the end of the colonial period, to a typical Australian diet based around the heavy consumption of beef and mutton.
Professor Hilary Carey's research into the anti-Transportation movement provides new insight into an important aspect of Australia's colonial history.
Associate Professor Roger Markwick, Head of the School of Humanities and Social Science and founding member of the Centre for the History of Violence believes the way we frame our past is pivotal for our understanding of the present.
Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for the History of Violence, where she is researching the impact of World War Two on the theory and practice of psychiatry
Professor Philip Dwyer and his team are leading a fundamental rethinking of violence in the modern world.
Associate Professor is a leading expert on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Literature, the principal English-speaking scholar on the immortalized French writer Boris Vian and is paving the way forward in the field he calls Fetishism Criticism, a discourse which recognizes that two opposing narratives can co-exist while actually refuting each other.
With the publishing industry facing unprecedented challenges from digital technologies and global competition, what does the future hold for contemporary Australian literary publishing?
As unlikely as it sounds, literary scholar Professor Hugh Craig has enhanced his appreciation of Shakespeare through statistical analysis.
The University of Newcastle's Head of English, Dr Jesper Gulddal, has always been fascinated by travel adventure stories, but gone are the days when fictional characters were footloose and fancy free to navigate a plot's twists and turns on a whim.
With a recent revival in Australia's poetry scene, acclaimed poet Dr David Musgrove is paving the way for others to follow his path to success.
Associate Professor Ros Smith examines the contribution of female writers to the culture of the early modern era.
Dr Patricia Pender is a Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle. She has active research interests in early modern literature, feminist literary history and theory, and contemporary popular culture.
Associate Professor Maguerite Johnson is interested in how stories from Antiquity console us and connect us as humans through the falling in love, the heartbreaks, the sorrow and the celebrations.
Julia Coffey is a lecturer in sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research is in the field of health sociology, with a focus on youth, the body, and gender.
The Centre for 21st Century Humanities is focussed on three key themes of e-research, impact, and crossing disciplines. Our vision is that by 2020 the University of Newcastle will be known for a significant concentration of excellence in the humanities to complement its distinction in science, engineering and medicine.
The Centre for the History of Violence is a world-first collaboration that applies new historical knowledge to advance humanity's understanding of violence. Members of the Centre explore every aspect of the history of violence, including concepts of violence, representations of violence, questions of interpersonal violence and issues of political and cultural violence.
The Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing (CLLC) was established to continue the development and application of statistical and computing tools for the analysis of (literary) texts.
The Early Modern Women's Research Network (EMWRN) was established by Associate Professor Rosalind Smith and Dr Patricia Pender in 2007. Comprising scholars from Australia, New Zealand and the UK, the network has rapidly developed an international reputation for engineering innovative productive research collaborations'.
The University of Newcastle is home to linguistics scholars with expertise in documenting diverse endangered languages, and in diverse theoretical and applied areas of research.
Post-Fordist accumulation processes are entangled in major reorganizations of labour and life in the contemporary present. These arrangements have demanded that social scientists think anew about many key categories of analysis, including the home, living, working, the private, the everyday and even the future.
The Newcastle Youth Studies Group examines inequalities that affect young people's lives across national and international contexts. It has a particular focus on Australia, South-East Asia and the Pacific
Led by Professor Mel Gray from the School of Humanities and Social Science, the Social Work Research Program has established a strong track record and an Excellence in Research for Australia ranking of 'well above world standard'.
The Speech pathology discipline is distinctive in its diversity (speech, language, fluency, disability, aphasia) and focus on the impact of communication disorders and disabilities in everyday life and on key stakeholders supporting them in education, health and employment.
Wine studies research is a humanities and social science-based field at University of Newcastle. Cross-discipline collaboration in this field includes scholars from history, social science, business and tourism.
The Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster (CIRIC) takes a coordinated multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, engaging across the many stakeholders that contribute to the growth and health of contemporary creative economies.
Dr Kit Messham-Muir is an art theorist and museologist in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle whose current research focus is the psychological and emotional dimensions of visualising war.
Professor Frank Millward explores the intersection between fine art, music and theatre making, and how technology is turning the arts into a fertile ground for innovative research.
Dr Gillian Arrighi is interested in the circus, the role of children in the entertainment industry, and the arts/health nexus, particularly the impact creative engagement has on everyday life. Her research investigates the social significance of the growth of community-based circus and circus skills groups since the 1970s.
Dr English's primary research interests lie in the areas of music practices in the 19th century, music and society, Australian music, social Justice and gender studies. She brings a distinct local focus to her work, which developed in her PhD, Music as a Resource for World-Building in Newcastle and its Townships, 1869-1879, which investigated what music afforded Newcastle settler communities in world-building through its effects on body, mind and emotions.
As Professor of Music in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle, Professor Richard Vella, is investigating the economic and cultural value of Australian music exports.
For the Torres Strait Islander (TSI) community, music helps to articulate the concepts and embodied experiences of their lives. Despite its significance to the culture, there is a fragmented and under-developed approach to the documentation and cultivation of music.
The Faculty of Education and Arts welcomes Associate Professor Craig Hight, who joins the University of Newcastle (UON) to lead the development, management and delivery of a new suite of creative industries programs and courses.
The University of Newcastle's Education program is ranked 127th in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2014/2015).
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Dr Jordan Smith's doctoral research focused on obesity prevention among disadvantaged adolescent boys, with a particular emphasis on the promotion of resistance training as a hook to get boys re-engaged with physical activity. In partnership with the Department of Education, the school-based fitness program that Jordan helped to develop is currently being implemented in public high schools throughout New South Wales.
Associate Professor Tom Griffiths's research centres on comparative educational analyses, including historical and contemporary explorations of policy and practice in context, linked to a world-system level theoretical approach to systems of mass education, their structure, curricula and development.
Dr Zsuzsa Millei's research examines the way in which constitutions of ‘the child’ and childhood in pre-compulsory education shift in concert with the changing problematizations about the government of population and individuals.
Professor Allyson Holbrook of the Research Training and Transformational Knowledge program looks at the huge intellectual and emotional changes that occur in PhD candidates and what affect these have on their thinking and attrition rates.
A lost culture of frozen people is discovered underwater in the Pacific Ocean. They were frozen in time on the edge of a catastrophic environmental disaster, a crisis that scientists and archaeologists of the future grapple to fully understand. The history of these people had been erased. Who were they, these people of Ardus Unda? What happened to them? Can they be restored to life? Can we learn from their past to inform the present and the future?
Associate Professor Linda Newman's far-reaching research in early childhood education is expanding the Faculty of Education and Arts' international footprint.
Narelle Eather believes encouraging children to be more active is easier than people think - it's all about giving them the right tools.
David has extensive experience in education as a department head, advisor, author and speaker. He was a practising teacher for 17 years, working in the Primary and Secondary sector as a Creative Arts and Drama specialist and currently leads post graduate teacher education. He has and continues to lead Professional Development on Quality Teaching, pedagogy and diverse learning needs.
Nick Riley believes integrating physical activity into core school subjects can improve not only students' health but their behaviour and their academic performance.
Facilitating the acquisition of globally relevant knowledge, beliefs and skills, Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds is seeking to refine the focus of Australian primary school education.
Dr Nisha Thapliyal believes that students, parents and communities should have the power to participate in education reform and redress inequalities in educational opportunity and quality.
The work of Dr Robert Parkes sits at the intersection of history education and public history, underpinned by curriculum theory.
Professor John Fischetti, Head of the School of Education, is focussing his research on finding what gives great teachers that magic touch – how to prepare them to help students really learn. His aim is to produce teachers who are well equipped for a new era in education.
From marines to Masters' students, principals to preservice teachers, Dr Scott Imig is helping educators on both sides of the Pacific to engage in reflective practice and conversations about growth.
Adam is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Education. His research to date has primarily been focused on identifying parenting practices/strategies to best prevent childhood obesity and better understand how parents influence their children’s lifestyle behaviours.
International league tables in tertiary education provide useful comparisons about rankings and research outputs – but how do universities perform when it comes to providing equal access?
Dr Rachel Buchanan works at uncovering and addressing the equity implications of the increased deployment of educational technologies in all levels of education.
Dr Erica Southgate explores the factors that create disadvantage in higher education and creates real world solutions to address them.
The University of Newcastle's (UON) Professor David Lubans is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow who is delivering a range of innovative school programs designed to upskill teachers in physical education and re-engage teens.
Professor Philip Morgan’s research program is tackling the obesity epidemic. His work focuses on the impact of school and community based interventions to prevent or treat obesity in child, adolescent and adult populations.
Professor Ron Plotnikoff is Director of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition which has an interdisciplinary approach to understanding physical activity and nutrition relating to population health strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.
There has been a massive drop in the number of advanced mathematics students in the last decade, accompanied by poor results across all school years. Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez believes this has significant implications for Australia's ability to produce the next generation of engineers, physicists, chemists and software engineers – the innovators we need to skill Australia into the future.
Mentoring using the familiar and effective mantra 'work hard, play hard,' Dr Drew Miller is seeking to promote and produce holistic, evidence-based physical education programs for children and adolescents across the country.
Professor Michael Arthur-Kelly's research focuses on the needs of individuals with multiple and severe disability. Communication intervention and behaviour support are two main strands of this research, informed by behaviour state assessment.
Leading a new era of teacher education and professional development, pedagogy expert, Professor Jenny Gore, is building a world-class model of education excellence that helps support both teachers and students and is influencing government and educational bodies across Australia.
The Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition investigates physical activity and nutrition for population health, with particular emphasis on education and health promotion strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.
The Teachers and Teaching Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, Australia, aims to achieve high quality research, training and knowledge translation in the development and testing of interventions and innovations that will be used and sustained in the practice of teaching and teacher development across a broad range of contexts.
Research Training and Transformational Knowledge research is focused on understanding the development of research and higher order problem solving skills.
Comparative and International Education Group University of Newcastle (CIEGUN) brings together a critical mass of established comparative researchers exploring global educational policies and alternatives for contemporary times.
Digital Identity, Curation and Education (DICE) is a network of scholars interested in digital identity, digital footprint, curation of online presence, and serious games for learning
Internationally, early childhood eduction research is a strong and flourishing endeavor. Politically, early childhood education and care has been the focus of significant new policy and provision developments.
The Centre for the Study of Research Training and Impact (SORTI) is focused on understanding and developing research and higher order problem solving skills, and the impact of research training and research outcomes in a wide variety of contexts.
The Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology (AJEDP) is a double blind peer reviewed online journal, publishing research and scholarly reports from the broad areas of educational and developmental psychology.
Education Sciences is a scholarly international open access journal. It publishes extended full-length research papers that have the scope to substantively address current issues in education.
Professor Bill Mitchell, a world-renowned expert on employment and equity, is the Director of the University’s Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE). Established in 1998, CofFEE promotes research aimed at restoring full employment and achieving an economy that delivers equitable outcomes, particularly for the disadvantaged.
Professor Gordon Boyce is a recognised authority on institutional and organisational performance in an international context, with specific reference to systems that support organisational decision-making, negotiating, and inter-firm learning. His research addresses a series of inter-related themes surrounding information theory and the economics of information.
Professor Ted Wright holds the Belle Wiese Chair of Legal Ethics at the University of Newcastle. He has undertaken research on behalf of the Law Council of Australia, the Attorney-General's departments of the Commonwealth, NSW, Queensland and Victoria, the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission (now the Crime and Misconduct Commission), Queensland Legal Services Commissioner, Motor Accidents Authority of NSW, County Court of Victoria, and NRMA Insurance (now IAG).
Professor Alison Dean has two major areas of research interest. The first is service marketing and management, which includes customer loyalty, consumer participation in service delivery, co-created value, and service quality. Her second area of research interest is pedagogy in business courses, with special emphasis on graduate attributes, and assessment.
Internationally-renowned organisational behaviour expert, Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell is helping to form a new generation of interprofessional healthcare teams.
Dr Paul Docherty’s research interests lie in empirical finance and capital markets, focusing primarily on asset pricing. He collaborates extensively with academics from the University of Melbourne and is also undergoing research collaboration with an industry partner, Platypus Asset Management.
Dr Patricia Johnson’s research is interdisciplinary and lies within the areas of tourism studies and cultural studies. She maintains an active and interdisciplinary research focus which draws from English literature, cultural studies, sociology, geography, anthropology, gender studies and tourism studies to engage concepts such as the emerging area of cosmopolitanism, liminality, the tourist gaze and cultural capital.
Professor John Maynard's journey began with a desire to piece together a family history and has now seen him become one of the world's most prolific and respected voices on Indigenous history.
Professor Dennis Foley researches and teaches across numerous academic fields related to Indigenous Australians, directing his main research focus towards the discipline of Indigenous enterprise and entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation and Director of both the Mandurah Hunter Indigenous Business Chamber and the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins is intrigued by domestic service practices and policies and their impact on race relations. A Co-Director of PURAI, the Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre, she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2009 to conduct a transnational study of state intervention and Indigenous domestic service in Australia and the United States.
Dr Mark Lock was awarded the largest Discovery Indigenous grant by the Australian Research Council for research into Indigenous health in 2013. A descendant from the Waanguybuwan tribe in NSW, Dr Lock will conduct research into Indigenous health policy in order to improve national policy processes.
Dr Kym Rae's research is aimed at reducing premature and low birth weight deliveries in Aboriginal communities. She is the program coordinator for both the Scientific research and ArtsHealth Gomeroi gaaynggal program, designed to improve the health outcomes of expectant Aboriginal mothers. Dr Rae is committed to developing research in partnership with Aboriginal people and providing ongoing capacity building opportunities for Aboriginal researchers.
Wollotuka is committed to the advancement and leadership of Indigenous education at a local, national and global level. It also continues to draw strength from culture, communities and past journeys.
At UON we consistently rank highly in the world-wide systems that measure our academic and research performance against the best universities.
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 list the best global universities based on core missions including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. THE World University rankings utilises 13 performance indicators to measure performance on the 5 core missons – Teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
The 2016-17 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) ranks UON in the top 250 universities in the world.
The University of Newcastle (UON) continues to build its global reputation for being one of the world's most prestigious universities. In 50 years, our outstanding educators have achieved a long list of accolades and our world-class researchers are recognised internationally for their contribution to many fields of inquiry. Our remarkable students continue to impress with stories of success within the region and on the national and world stage.
UON has a proud history of achievement that has led to strong outcomes in international university rankings. Together and as individuals, we are among the world's best.
The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative is an evaluation of research quality in universities by the Australian government. It is administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and was conducted in 2010, 2012 and 2015.
The ERA assessment covers six years of research and judges research quality.
In 2015, the ERA assessment placed the University of Newcastle in the Top 8 universities for research that is 'well above world standard'. The UON achieved the highest possible '5' rating for 22 fields of research, an increase from 18 in 2012.
Visit our ERA data page for a better understanding of the assessment and a detailed view of our results.
University of Newcastle has two main campuses. The largest, set on 140 hectare natural bushland site, is Callaghan, 12 kilometres from the city centre of Newcastle. The other main campus is located on picturesque 85 hectare site at Ourimbah on the Central Coast, halfway between Newcastle and Sydney. Our Newcastle City precinct comprises the Newcastle Business School, the Newcastle Legal Centre and the Conservatorium of Music.
The University has also recently secured $95m for the construction of a landmark education precinct in the Newcastle CBD. The NeW Space will position the University as an international leader in the provision of modern, high-tech education.
Once you have an offer of admission, you are welcome to start your research degree on almost any weekday of the year.