The School of Physics offers Masters by Research and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. These research degrees involve the student independently researching a specific topic under the guidance of a supervisor.

We have more than 60 Higher Degree Research students, who conduct research projects in all of the School's nine research hubs.

The School regularly holds colloquia and seminars and all students are encouraged to attend these.

The Postgraduate Coordinators for candidature are Dr Kim-Vy Tran, Dr Jan Hamann, and Dr Oleg Tretiakov. 

For Postgraduate (Research) inquiries, please contact the school office.

Room G06, Ground Floor, Old Main Building
The Office is open 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Mon-Fri.

The Graduate Research School is responsible for all postgraduate research students at UNSW, and their website has information for future students including how to apply, how to apply for scholarships, and fees and costs. The School of Physics offers two research degrees: the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy.

For further information about applying for graduate studies in the School of Physics, please contact the Postgraduate Director at:


It is your responsibility to ensure that you are enrolled at the start of every semester and that your enrolment is correct. In order to ensure that your enrolment details are up to date:

  • Login to your student profile at myUNSW to view your enrolment details.
  • MSc and PhD students should be enrolled into the course PHYS9103 Research Thesis Physics F/T ( for full time students) or PHYS9113 Research Thesis Physics P/T (part time students)
  • You can also view your fee statement through myUNSW. Pay any fees owed - failure to do this will result in the cancellation of your enrolment

It is a condition of continual enrolment in the higher research degree that your performance is assessed by a progress review. Progress reviews provide an opportunity for you, your supervisor/s and your School to: take stock of how your project has gone over the past year (or 6 months if you are new); review all aspects of your candidature; and develop a plan of action for the next year.

The Postgraduate Coordinators are Dr Kim-Vy Tran and Dr Jan Hamann and they should be contacted in the first instance. The Graduate Research School provides advice and assistance to all higher degree research students at UNSW.