UTS Research

UTS is a world-class university, with a rapidly growing reputation for its research quality and impact across a wide range of discipline fields.

We are committed to practical innovation and the development of research that benefits industry and the broader community; helping shape and improve the world we live in.

More than 150 companies partner with UTS, sharing their resources and expertise in exchange for leading research outcomes, programs of innovation, development and commercialisation, staff education, and access to our best graduates. UTS is also ranked 28th in the world on international outlook by the Times Higher Education (2015 rankings), and has Key Technology Partnerships with leading universities in Greater China, India and Europe; and collaborative research in dozens more.

Our world-leading research centres span a range of areas, including: health, data sciences, social futures, applied economics, environmental sciences, robotics, civil engineering, sustainability, microbiology, and quantum computation.

UTS has recently made a $1 billion investment in infrastructure to develop a series of new buildings and equipment, right in the heart of Sydney's southern CBD, to support the delivery of our collaboration- and technology-based model of teaching, and our industry-focused research.

This includes:

  • A state-of-the-art Super Lab, with space for more than 200 students and fitted with touchscreen monitors and microphones.
  • The first-ever commercially installed DeltaVision OMX Blaze super resolution microscope, unique to the Southern Hemisphere and capable of capturing real-time multiple colour images of interactions between micro-organisms and living cells.
  • A newly-established Data Arena, which is an immersive and interactive 3D visualisation system, aiding researchers to visually present and interact with complex data sets and 3D-spatial models.

Ninety-four per cent of UTS’s broad research fields have been benchmarked at world standard or above by the Australian Government’s 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. The results demonstrate an increase in the quality of research at UTS, with 67 per cent of our research classified as ‘above world standard’ or ‘well above world standard’.

Available funding options:

UTS offers a range of competitive research scholarships to international students. 

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
  • International Research Scholarship (IRS)
  • Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)
  • UTS President’s Scholarship (UTSP)
  • Quentin Bryce Law Doctoral Scholarships (Law students only)
  • Ross Milbourne Research Scholarship in Economics (Business students only)

Information on the eligibility and conditions of award for International Research Scholarships can be found here.

International students can also apply for a variety of external funding opportunities by referring to the UTS scholarships database. Students can contact their supervisor and/or faculties for scholarship opportunities.


“The combination of research excellence and lifestyle influenced my decision to pursue my PhD at UTS. Australia is one of the leading countries in the field of marine science.  UTS is a rapidly growing University with excellent connections to outstanding leaders in marine science. The university is situated in the heart Sydney and so one can enjoy a vibrant city lifestyle, great outdoor activities and at the same time pursue an excellent research project”.
Dr Daniel Wangpraseurt from Germany (completed PhD in Science, 2015)

“I knew I wanted to do my PhD but I did not know where until a colleague recommended UTS.  After I visited the UTS website, I was excited; I applied and was accepted with a scholarship.  The Institute of Sustainable Futures at UTS is an interesting, engaging workplace with very exciting trans disciplinary research.  PhD research can be quite a lonely road but due to the great UTS infrastructure I always feel supported. UTS Graduate Research School and the UTS Library have some very helpful induction courses that revives your research skills”.
Verena Streitferdt from Germany (PhD in Institute of Sustainable Futures)

“I chose UTS for two reasons. The first, I was looking for supervisors who would best suit my research project.  The second reason, I wanted a faculty (Design, Architecture & Building) with a good and vibrant Higher Degree by Research student culture”.
Ilka Staudinger (PhD in Design, Architecture and Building)