Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology

Graduate Research

Graduate Research Courses

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)(Professional Doctorate)
  • Master of Architecture (Research)
  • Master of Engineering Science
  • Master of Spatial Information Science
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Environmental Studies
  • Master of Science in Exploration Geoscience
  • Master of Surveying

How to Apply for Graduate Research Courses

All applicants should read the Admission Requirements to ensure they meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research at UTAS.

Step 1 - Contact a Potential Supervisor in your chosen Research Area

UTAS will only make an offer of candidature where appropriate supervision and resources are available to support the proposed research project. It is therefore important that you have made arrangements with a supervisor BEFORE the application for candidature or scholarship is submitted.

There are a number of ways that you can find a supervisor within your research area -

Step 2 - Discuss the Research Project with your Proposed Supervisor/s

You should discuss all aspects of your proposed research project with your proposed supervisor/s before submitting an application form. This discussion may be conducted in any manner that is agreed to by the people involved (e.g. in person, via email, phone, skype). Topics that should be discussed include:

  • access to infrastructure and resources,
  • funding and scholarship support,
  • space allocation,
  • supervisory contact,
  • candidature requirements and timeframes,
  • expectations in relation to progress and attendance, and
  • Intellectual Property issues and what the implications of these issues may be.

Completing a higher degree by research is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. It opens doors. Graduates with advanced skills and knowledge, at the forefront of their disciplines are highly sought after by world governments and globalised industries. Before committing to a project you should ensure that you have a  a clear understanding of what that project entails and what is involved to successfully complete the degree you wish to enrol in.  

Step 3 - Complete an Application for Admission to Higher Degree by Research Candidature and Scholarship (Part 1)

Once you have confirmation that a supervisor has agreed to supervise your project, please complete an application form (PDF 223KB). This application should be completed electronically and emailed to the Graduate Research Co-ordinator for the School in which you wish to enrol.

Please ensure that you provide a copy of all requested supporting documentation as the School will require this information to make an assessment of your application. These documents may be emailed with your application, however, please note that original documents or certified copies must also be provided to your prospective supervisors.

Step 4 - School Completes School Recommendation (Part 2)

Step 5 - Arrange your Referee Reports (Part 3)

The application form requires you to provide the details of two (2) academic referees who are able to comment on your academic background and / or research abilities. UTAS also requests that your referees complete a Referee Report Form (WORD 31.5KB). Before forwarding a copy of this form to your nominated referees please complete Sections 1 and 2 of the Report - this ensures that your referees know where to send the completed report.

Step 6 - School Submits all three parts of your Application to the Graduate Research Office

You should email all requested supporting documentation to the Graduate Research Co-ordinator with your Application for Admission and Scholarship, however, some supporting documentation (where applicable) must also be submitted to the Graduate Research Office -

  • transcripts of non-UTAS qualifications (both sides are required)
  • information relating to any prior incomplete higher degrees by research
  • evidence of English language ability
  • proof of change of name
  • proof of citizenship status
  • documentation from a sponsoring organisation

Documentation submitted to the Graduate Research Office must be the original document or a certified copy of the original document (A certified copy is a copy of an original document which has been certified as being a true copy by an authorised person). Please ensure all documentation is clearly labelled with your name and contact details.


When is the application closing date?

Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.

When should I apply for candidature?

Your completed application for candidature (including the School recommendation) should be received by the Graduate Research Office at least 4 weeks before the start date advised in your application.

How long will my application take to be assessed?

The Graduate Research Office will endeavour to finalise the assessment of your application within 4 weeks of the application being received. Please note that this timeframe cannot be guaranteed as a number of factors may affect the time required to complete the assessment (e.g. scholarship funding).

How will I be advised of the outcome of my application?

All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application via email. It is therefore important that the email address advised in your application remains valid for a period of at least 3 months.

How much are the tuition fees for a higher degree by research?

Domestic candidates are not required to pay tuition fees for a higher degree be research at UTAS. Successful domestic applicants will be offered a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place that is funded by the Commonwealth government. More information about the RTS is available from the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR).

International candidates are required to pay tuition fees for each day of enrolment.

Application Forms

To be completed by the Applicant -

To be completed by the nominated Referee(s) -

To be completed by the proposed School of enrolment -

Graduate Research Coordinators

Each School / Institute at UTAS is required to have a Graduate Research Coordinator. The Graduate Research Co-ordinator performs a critical role in the overall experience of higher degree research (HDR) candidates and acts as the central point of contact for research candidates within a School/Institute. 

The Graduate Research Co-ordinator can provide applicants with advice on eligibility requirements, possible research topics, available resources, research strengths, and supervisor availability.

Graduate Research Co-ordinators within the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology are:

Agricultural Science

Architecture & Design



Professor Emily Hilder
Email: Emily.Hilder@utas.edu.au

Information and Communication Technology

Earth Sciences and Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits



Dr Xiaolin Wang
Email: ENG.GRC@utas.edu.au

Geography & Environmental Studies

Geography & Environmental Studies

Dr Lorne Kriwoken
Email L.K.Kriwoken@utas.edu.au

School Research Support

Alexandra Haddad
Email: Alexandra.Haddad@utas.edu.au



Dr Kelvin Michael
Email: Kelvin.Michael@utas.edu.au  

Mathematics & Physics

Mathematics & Physics

Discipline of Mathematics - Dr Michael Brideson
Email: Michael.Brideson@utas.edu.au

Discipline of Physics - Dr Peter Jarvis
Email: Peter.Jarvis@utas.edu.au  

Plant Science

Plant Science

Associate Professor Mark Hovenden
Email: Mark.Hovenden@utas.edu.au



Associate Professor Erik Wapstra
Email: Erik.Wapstra@utas.edu.au