Future research students

The School of Social and Political Sciences is at the forefront of research in the social sciences in Australia. We have a team of dedicated academic staff who can offer supervision for research higher degrees in the disciplines of Anthropology, Development Studies, Political Science, Criminology and Sociology and across a comprehensive range of areas. The School provides a dynamic and rewarding environment with reading groups, seminars, conferences and postgraduate journals all contributing to the engagment of the program.

  • Coursework Information
  • Preliminary enquiries

    Prospective students wishing to apply for a graduate research degree (PhD, Master by Research) should establish whether supervision is available for their proposed research. Potential supervisors can be found through the School of Social and Political Sciences Our staff web page, or via the Find an Expert I'm looking for a research supervisor web page. Rather than sending your proposal to numerous staff in the first instance, please choose the most relevant person based on their listed research interests and most recent publications and, if they are unavailable, ask for their recommendations for an alternate possibility. Once you have identified a potential supervisor/s, please email them the following:

    • A 2,500 word research proposal with a clear title
    • A short resume or CV, including full contact details and educational background
    • Transcripts of previous study

    Should supervision be available, you can then follow the next steps in the process in order to apply via the Admissions and applications Graduate research degrees web page. Your application will then be assessed against the entry requirements for the degree - please note that an agreement to supervise is conditional upon acceptance into the research degree program and does not constitute an offer in itself.

    Please note: the Graduate Research program within the School is increasingly focused on enrolled, full-time PhD students who hold a scholarship.

  • Applying

    The Faculty of Arts has one admission round for domestic students per year, the deadline for which is 31 October. International applications may be submitted at any time, but please note that students may only commence at the beginning of semester one each year.

    Complete the 'Application for admission to Graduate Research Degree candidature and scholarship form' on the Admissions and applications Graduate research degrees web page.

    The following documentation must also be included with the application:

    • Certified academic transcripts, including an explanation of the grading system used by that institution
    • A copy of the 2,500 word research proposal
    • A 5,000 word writing sample
    • Two written academic references. These can be sent directly to the Graduate Research Admissions office by the referees.The references should assess the applicant's research abilities to date (skills in identifying research areas, carrying out independent research, motivation and organisation, writing skills, ability to meet deadlines, etc), as well as your research potential

    Please note: If you have recently completed honours, Graduate Diploma in Arts, Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) or a Masters by Coursework with research component, in this School, you do not need to provide academic references.

    The University offers a number of scholarships which can be applied for in the graduate research application form.

  • Enquiries

    Kate Farhall
    Research Support Officer
    School of Social and Political Sciences

    Email: ssps-research@unimelb.edu.au