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Admission and/or Scholarship Application Process

After reviewing the various Areas of Research the University of Adelaide has to offer, it’s recommended that you become familiar with the following process before submitting your application.

  • Step 1 Check the Entry Requirements

    The admission requirements for Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) are set out in the relevant academic program rules, as published in the Adelaide Graduate Centre section of the University Calendar.

    Doctor of Philosophy

    To meet the academic standing required for admission to a Doctor of Philosophy, you should have completed one of the following:

    • A relevant University of Adelaide Honours degree of Bachelor (or equivalent) with at least a second class Honours (upper division), which includes an appropriate research component
    • A relevant Master by Coursework degree of the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) containing a minimum of 12 credit points by research, with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or higher and a GPA of 6.0 or higher in the Research Component. Degrees without a significant research component are not acceptable for the purposes of admission to a doctorate
    • A relevant University of Adelaide Research Master degree (or equivalent)

    If you have entry qualifications that are insufficient for direct entry into a doctoral program, in some cases it may be possible for you to enrol in a Master of Philosophy and, subject to satisfactory progress and the approval of the Research Education and Development Committee, upgrade to doctoral candidature following completion of your first 18 months of study.

    The Professional Doctorate

    The University offers two professional doctorates by research in the disciplines of education and nursing. These programs combine research, project activity and advanced coursework, and are offered for practitioners in the field. Specific requirements can be accessed via the University Calendar.

    Master of Philosophy

    To meet the academic standing required for admission to a Master of Philosophy, you should have completed one of the following:

    • A relevant University of Adelaide Bachelor degree (or equivalent) with a minimum distinction average
    • A relevant University of Adelaide Master by Coursework degree of the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) containing a minimum of 12 credit points by research, with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) OF 5.0 or higher and a GPA of 6.0 or higher in the Research Component
    • A relevant University of Adelaide Research Master degree (or equivalent)

    Master of Clinical Science

    The Master of Clinical Science provides an introduction to clinically based research for candidates presenting with clinical qualifications and work experience. Specific requirements can be accessed via the University Calendar.

    English Language Proficiency Requirement

    As English is the language of instruction at the University of Adelaide, proficiency in speaking, listening to, reading and writing English is essential.

    All applicants are required to demonstrate evidence of proficiency at the time of application. For information regarding the minimum criteria, refer to the links below. If you are a permanent resident, click on “I am a Domestic Applicant”.

    If English is not your first language, you will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency in the form of an English test that has been undertaken within two years of the date of application. The University accepts the following test types:

    • The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic test
    • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • The Pearson Test of English (Academic)
    • The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
    Minimum English Language Proficiency Entry Criteria for Postgraduate Research Students Commencing Candidature in 2019
    General Requirements Applicable to all Postgraduate Research programs in:
    • Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    • Faculty of Sciences
    • Faculty of Professions - School of Economics and Centre for Global Food and Resources
    • Faculty of Health Sciences including Joanna Briggs Institute but excluding Nursing, Psychology and Public Health
    IELTS (Academic)
    Minimum scores
    TOEFL
    Minimum scores
    PTE (ACADEMIC
    Minimum scores
    CAE
    Minimum scores
    Overall score of 6.5
    AND
    Minimum band scores
    6.5 in Writing
    6.5 in Speaking
    6.0 in Listening
    6.0 in Reading
    Paper-based
    total score of 575 with 4.5
    in the TWE
    (Test of Written English)
    OR
    Internet-based
    total score of 79
    AND Individual scores
    24 in Writing
    22 in Speaking
    13 in Listening
    13 in Reading
    Overall score of 65
    AND
    Skills profile
    65 in Writing
    65 in Speaking
    58 in Listening
    58 in Reading
    Overall score 176
    AND
    Individual scores
    176 in Writing
    176 in Speaking
    169 in Listening
    169 in Reading
    Specific Requirements Applicable to all Postgraduate Research programs in:
    • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences-Nursing, Psychology and Public Health (excluding Joanna Briggs Institute)
    • Faculty of Arts
    • Faculty of the Professions (except for the School of Economics and Centre for Global Food and Resources)
    IELTS (Academic)
    Minimum scores
    TOEFL
    Minimum scores
    PTE (ACADEMIC)
    Minimum scores
    CAE
    Minimum scores
    Overall score of 7.0
    AND
    Minimum band scores
    7.0 in Writing
    7.0 in Speaking
    6.5 in Listening
    6.5 in Reading
    Paper-based
    total score of 600 with 5.0
    in the TWE
    (Test of Written English)
    OR
    Internet-based
    total score of 94
    AND Individual scores
    27 in Writing
    23 in Speaking
    20 in Listening
    20 in Reading

    Overall score of 73
    AND
    Skills profile
    73 in Writing
    73 in Speaking
    65 in Listening
    65 in Reading

    Overall score 185
    AND
    Individual scores
    185 in Writing
    185 in Speaking
    176 in Listening
    176 in Reading

    English Language Requirements for Postgraduate Research Entry for 2017 and 2018

    If you do not meet the level of English language proficiency required for your program of study, you may be eligible to complete the Pre-Enrolment English Program (PEP) prior to commencing your degree. Your eligibility for a PEP will be assessed during the admission process and a separate application is not required.

    Scholarship applicants must meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements by the scholarship round closing date and are ineligible for the PEP.

    For further information, please visit the English Language Centre’s website.

    Generally, if English is your first language, you are not required to provide further evidence of English language proficiency.

    If English is not your first language, further evidence of English language proficiency will be required. You can provide evidence of the following:

    • Completion of tertiary studies at an institution where English is the medium of instruction, for a period of two years in the last five years or one year in the last two years
    • A satisfactory English language test which has been undertaken within two years of the date of application. The University accepts the following test types:
      • The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic test
      • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
      • The Pearson Test of English (Academic)
      • The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
    Minimum English Language Proficiency Entry Criteria for Postgraduate Research Students Commencing Candidature in 2019
    General Requirements Applicable to all Postgraduate Research programs in:
    • Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
    • Faculty of Sciences
    • Faculty of Professions - School of Economics and Centre for Global Food and Resources
    •Faculty of Health Sciences including Joanna Briggs Institute but excluding Nursing, Psychology and Public Health
    IELTS (Academic)
    Minimum scores
    TOEFL
    Minimum scores
    PTE (ACADEMIC
    Minimum scores
    CAE
    Minimum scores
    Overall score of 6.5
    AND
    Minimum band scores
    6.5 in Writing
    6.5 in Speaking
    6.0 in Listening
    6.0 in Reading
    Paper-based
    total score of 575 with 4.5
    in the TWE
    (Test of Written English)
    OR
    Internet-based
    total score of 79
    AND Individual scores
    24 in Writing
    22 in Speaking
    13 in Listening
    13 in Reading
    Overall score of 65
    AND
    Skills profile
    65 in Writing
    65 in Speaking
    58 in Listening
    58 in Reading
    Overall score 176
    AND
    Individual scores
    176 in Writing
    176 in Speaking
    169 in Listening
    169 in Reading
    Specific Requirements Applicable to all Postgraduate Research programs in:
    • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences-Nursing, Psychology and Public Health (excluding Joanna Briggs Institute)
    • Faculty of Arts
    • Faculty of the Professions (except for the School of Economics and Centre for Global Food and Resources)
    IELTS (Academic)
    Minimum scores
    TOEFL
    Minimum scores
    PTE (ACADEMIC)
    Minimum scores
    CAE
    Minimum scores
    Overall score of 7.0
    AND
    Minimum band scores
    7.0 in Writing
    7.0 in Speaking
    6.5 in Listening
    6.5 in Reading
    Paper-based
    total score of 600 with 5.0
    in the TWE
    (Test of Written English)
    OR
    Internet-based
    total score of 94
    AND Individual scores
    27 in Writing
    23 in Speaking
    20 in Listening
    20 in Reading

    Overall score of 73
    AND
    Skills profile
    73 in Writing
    73 in Speaking
    65 in Listening
    65 in Reading

    Overall score 185
    AND
    Individual scores
    185 in Writing
    185 in Speaking
    176 in Listening
    176 in Reading

    English Language Requirements for Postgraduate Research Entry for 2017 and 2018

  • Step 2Review Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

    The University offers a wide range of funding opportunities for both domestic and international candidates. If you are considering applying for a scholarship in one of the competitive rounds it is important that you review the eligibility criteria before submitting a request for supervision, or submitting an application. Opportunities are limited and competition is strong.

    The Domestic Postgraduate Research Scholarship Selection Process is a useful guide for domestic applicants seeking to understand how their application will be considered.

    If you are an international applicant who is not a recent graduate of the University of Adelaide, you will be considered in one of the competitive scholarship rounds dedicated to international students. In each round we receive hundreds of applications for a small number of scholarships.  The standard of applicants is always extremely high and the selection process is very competitive.  Applicants who rank highly typically have a completed Masters degree, which includes a significant research component and several quality international journal publications. In addition to formal qualifications, extensive relevant work and research experience is required. The few applicants who win a scholarship directly out of undergraduate studies have exceptional academic results, high quality international publications and outstanding references. Familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria.

    If you are an international applicant currently studying at the University of Adelaide, you will be considered for the exclusive Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarships. These scholarships were created specifically for outstanding recent graduates of the University. For more information and eligibility criteria, visit AGRS.

  • Step 3 Find a Supervisor
    • Your academic credentials will determine your eligibility for a Higher Degree by Research. The alignment of your interests with an area of research at the University, the work of potential supervisors, as well as their capacity to accept you as a student will impact on the outcome of your application.
    • You can find a potential supervisor by:
      1. Searching Researcher Profiles by 'Research Interest' and
      2. Submit a request via the Find a Supervisor Form. It may take some time for us to identify a supervisor interested in your proposed research. Please allow no less than four weeks before submitting a new enquiry
      3. If you are a prospective candidate interested in undertaking a Higher Degree by Research in Law, you should contact the Adelaide Law School directly
  • Step 4 Submit an Application

    Admission to a HDR program is open throughout the year, however, scholarship applications are only made available within the Domestic or International Scholarship Application Rounds.

    Domestic Application Rounds

    International Application Rounds

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    Note. The Adelaide Graduate Centre will contact you once an outcome is reached.

    If you run into difficulties whilst submitting your application please contact the Admissions Team in the Adelaide Graduate Centre for further advice.

  • Step 5 Accepting Your Offer

    Domestic Applicants

    A copy of your offer letter will be emailed to you.

    International Applicants

    A copy of your offer letter will be emailed to you.

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  • Step 6 Finalise Your Enrolment

    A hard copy of your enrolment form will be posted to you.

    Please ensure that ALL the required information on the enrolment form is completed. Some sections will need to be completed and signed by you, other sections must be completed by your School or Discipline.
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