University of South Australia

Welcome to the University of South Australia - a globally connected and engaged university helping solve the problems of industry and the professions. With teaching that is industry-informed and research that is inventive and adventurous, the University of South Australia helps to create knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity. The University’s graduates are the new professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change.

Research at the University of South Australia is connected to both industry and community needs. Students can select from a range of research degrees including Masters by Research, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Professional Doctorate. Students who study at the University of South Australia join a culture of research which is focused on producing new knowledge, providing solutions to global challenges and preparing candidates for competitive careers.

The University’s strong commitment to cutting-edge research and engagement with industry has been well recognised, with 97 per cent of research rated at or above world-class standard (2015 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA)). 

University Research Highlights

  • 97% of our assessed research rated at or above world standard
    2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
  • Ranked #1 in Australia for industry research income
    2019 THE World University Rankings
  • Rated 8th overall in Australia for research excellence
    Proportion of total ERA ratings at the 2-digit and 4-digit level in 2015. The Australian, 11 December 2015
  • One of Australia's leading universities for interdisciplinary publications and strategic research partnerships
    U-Multirank 2018

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) Rankings - 2015

Ranked at ‘well above world standard’

  • Psychology
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
  • Mathematical Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Environmental Science and Management

Ranked at ‘above world standard’

  • Business and Mangement
  • Marketing
  • Law

Ranked at 'world class'

  • Accounting and Applied Economics
  • Tourism
  • Journalism and Professional Writing
  • Social Work
  • Education Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence and Computing and Information Systems

Research Areas

Business and Law

  • Accounting
  • Applied Economics
  • Arts Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management and Organisation Behaviour
  • International Business
  • Law
  • Management and Corporate
  • Social Responsibility
  • Marketing
  • Property
  • Sports, Tourism and Leisure Management
  • Sustainability Governance

Education, Arts and Social Sciences

  • Architecture
  • Australian Studies
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Communication
  • Creative Industries
  • Design (Industrial)
  • Design (Visual Communication)
  • Education
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Interior Architecture
  • Languages and Linguistics
  • Psychology (PhD only)
  • Social Work and Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Visual Arts

Health and Medical Sciences

  • Cancer Biology
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Movement
  • Laboratory Technology (Masters only)
  • Medical Radiation
  • Medical Science
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmaceutical Science (Masters only)
  • Pharmacology (PhD only)
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Population Health
  • Public Health

Engineering, Science and Technology

  • Applied Physics
  • ATN Industry Doctoral Training Centre
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomaterials Engineering and Nanomedicine
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical and Information Engineering
  • Energy and Advanced Manafacturing
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Minerals and Resources
  • Project Management
  • Statistics
  • Systems Engineering

Available Funding Options

Each year more than 2,500 students benefit from our scholarships and grants, totalling millions of dollars. We have a range of categories including support for high achievers and students in need, along with scholarships specifically for international students. Visit the University of South Australia’s website for details of available international research scholarships.


“My first experience at the University of South Australia was for an internship. Through this internship I was immersed into the everyday student life where I was impressed by the high-quality education the University provides. The projects in cooperation with industry are unique and I can put the learned theory directly into practice. I like the opportunities my course offers to work in the industrial field and I can say without hesitation that the teaching staff are highly qualified – they take their time to assist no matter how busy they are. I also like the University’s modern and technically well-equipped facilities and buildings.”
Stojan, Masters by Research student at the University of South Australia, Energy and Advanced Manufacturing