At UNSW we generate new knowledge and transform research discoveries into successful innovations to benefit society, the economy and future generations.We conduct research across a wide range of areas and invest considerable resources where we believe we can make the biggest difference, such as:
- Solar power (photovoltaics): We hold the world record for the conversion efficiency of a silicon solar cell, and we are home to one of the world’s fastest solar-powered cars.
- Clean drinking water: We created membrane filtration technology to filter water that is now used in taps around the world.
- Population ageing: We are developing economic and health policy frameworks for government and industry to sustainably manage this global challenge.
- HIV/AIDS: Since diagnosing Australia’s first case of HIV, we have been involved in the development of every existing antiretroviral HIV drug.
- The world’s first quantum computer: Using silicon, we are one of the global leaders in the race to build a quantum computer.
Key research areas
- Biomedical Sciences
- Water, Climate, Environment and Sustainability
- Next Generation Materials and Technologies
- Social Policy, Government and Health Policy
- ICT, Robotics and Devices
- Law, Business and Economics
- Fundamental and Enabling Sciences
- Contemporary Humanities and Creative Arts
- Defence and Security
Available Funding options
UNSW offers a range of prestigious scholarships to help you conduct innovative research and define the future. Our scholarships provide several benefits – such as living allowances and tuition fees as well as funding and supplements for travel.In addition, we offer a number of UNSW/Home Country Joint Scholarships to international candidates to promote international collaboration. Many faculties and schools also provide their own full or top-up scholarships for specific research projects.To be considered for a scholarship at UNSW, you must meet all the requirements for admission to your preferred degree – as well as the eligibility rules for the scholarship. Click here for more details about all our scholarships and how to apply.
“There are many reasons why I would definitely recommend anyone to come and study here at UNSW. You’ll be well resourced, there’s care put into ensuring students are supported and there’s a whole ethos of collaboration. Come here if you want to be in an environment that is nurturing, that is serious about high quality scholarship, and also very serious about engaging communities ethically.”
Sujith Kumar, UNSW Scientia PhD Candidate from Arts and Social Sciences.
“For me, the biggest strength of doing a PhD degree here is the opportunity to facilitate cross disciplinary research and knowledge translation…When you know that your research can have a direct impact, that makes a difference.” Snow Li, PhD Candidate from Medicine.“I have the world-class expert in my field as my supervisor and that’s not uncommon whatever your area of research.”
Simon Lloyd, PhD Candidate from Built Environment.