Why UTAS

The University of Tasmania is more than a place to study. Not only do we have a 125-year history of academic excellence, and a reputation as a global leader in research and expertise, but we also offer unique research opportunities, world-class training and a location to excite the wildest adventurer.

Our island location offers exciting research opportunities rarely found elsewhere. Here, you can take advantage of a contained, socio-ecological system in which to observe and understand some of the most significant challenges facing Australia and the world.

Our location also offers us privileged partnerships with state government as well as agencies such as CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division, providing a rich intellectual environment and access to specialist facilities.

We embrace research that benefits communities: the University of Tasmania's research is global in scope, with distinct Tasmanian specialisations.

Our research strengths:

  • Environment, Resources and Sustainability
  • Creativity, Culture and Society
  • Better Health
  • Marine, Antarctic and Maritime
  • Data, Knowledge and Decisions

The University of Tasmania offers unparalleled support in mentorship and career development. You will be guided by internationally renowned researchers in the art of experimentation, career management, project management, communication skills and much more. Our graduates are work-ready and in demand across a wide range of sectors including academia, commercial and research-related disciplines.

The University of Tasmania recruits some of the highest calibre researchers and candidates in the world; our multi-nationality university creates a collaborative, enriching and exciting research community. With over 1400 candidates, you will thrive in an environment that stimulates creativity and innovation. The University supports millions of dollars in state-of-the-art research infrastructure to enable cutting-edge research.

The experience you gain as a University of Tasmania research degree candidate will equip you for any job, anywhere. Our graduates are globally recognised as skilled, capable and creative learners, with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills.

We cultivate strong connections with industry, which offer candidates practical learning and research opportunities, as well as the chance to develop professional networks outside of academia.

A research degree with the University of Tasmania is a launching-pad into the career of your choice.

Our research and expertise are recognised worldwide. The University of Tasmania is ranked in the top two percent of Universities globally (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016) and in the top 400 Universities in the world by all major ranking systems. The Australian Research Council rates the University at world standard or above in 16 out of 21 broad disciplines of research (2015 Excellence for Research in Australia).

You can choose a research opportunity from across our six faculties of Arts, the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, Education, Health, Law, and Science, Engineering and Technology.

We also offer research degrees through our nationally recognised centres and research institutes:

  • The Australian Maritime College
  • Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
  • The Menzies Institute for Medical Research
  • Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
  • Centre for the Environment
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES)
  • Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS)
  • Sensing Tasmania (Sense-T) Centre
  • Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts
  • Institute for the Study of Social Change

More information about these institutes and centres.

Tasmania is the ultimate location for study and lifestyle.

Spend your weekends exploring untouched wilderness, such as the World Heritage listed Tarkine cool temperate rainforest, as well as a fascinating tapestry of geological features. Take your pick of activities to get your heart racing: mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing and surfing to name a few.

Tasmania is also home to a vibrant cultural scene, boosted by MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, as well as award-winning food and wine, music festivals, markets and art galleries.

Studying in Tasmania, you'll get a degree and an experience of a lifetime.

We pride ourselves on research leadership and value students who want to pursue a research career. We aim to support you to not only make an impact in your chosen field, but also develop the skills you need for the career you want.

  • As a UTAS research degree candidate, you will be automatically enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in Research. This training gives you the skills to produce outstanding research, as well as succeed in your professional practice when you finish your degree.
  • The University of Tasmania is committed to supporting the research potential of staff. Through the Office of Research Services, our five Research Hubs and together with Human Resources, UTAS offers a large range of development opportunities for the academic community including HDR students, early to mid-career researchers and senior academics.
  • Our PhD candidates receive a suite of practical resources including laptops and access to a data cloud.
  • All candidates have access to a competitive conference support fund and regular research training workshops and an online research skills training program.
  • Our annual UTAS Graduate Research Conference is one of the highlights of our year. It's a chance for you to present your work in progress, network with other research degree candidates from across the disciplines and share ideas.
  • Graduate Research Administration Officers are embedded within each school and faculty to provide ongoing advice and support.