Your study will result in a research thesis (or alternative approved output) of no more than 80,000 words. The PhD research project should be conceived from the outset as clearly achievable within three years equivalent full-time study, with students expected to complete their degree within four years of equivalent full-time study. The PhD program may be undertaken in the principal areas of research on offer, including:
- Biological sciences
- Earth sciences
- Atmospheric sciences
- Environmental sciences
- Mathematical sciences
- Astronomical sciences
In addition to the research component, you will also complete a series of professional development activities or coursework units relevant to your chosen research focus. These activities are designed to provide you with the skills needed to develop your professional skills and support you in your future career.
Areas of research specialisation include ecology, evolutionary biology, global change, conservation, biosecurity, disease control and genetics, cellular and developmental genetics.
Areas of research within Chemistry can be classified under three broad themes:
Understanding the world around us: water and environmental chemistry, analytical sciences, chemical biology, coal and soil science and computational chemistry.
Preparing for the future: materials science and nanotechnology, green chemistry, synthesis and catalysis, surfaces and surfactants and chemical education.
Lighting up our life: crystallography, biospectroscopy, super-resolution/single molecule spectroscopy and solar energy conversion.
Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Areas of research specialisation include aerosols, boundary layers, bushfire and fire weather, climate science, clouds, convection, economic geology, environmental geology, fluvial geodynamics, GIS and remote sensing, hydrogeology, hydrology, mesoscale meteorology, palaeoecology, pure and applied geochemistry, soil science and soil chemistry, structural geology and geophysics, tropical meteorology, volcanology and applied palaeontology.
Areas of specialisation include applied and computational mathematics; astrophysics; pure mathematics (algebra, analysis, discrete mathematics and geometry), stochastic processes and interdisciplinary mathematical applications.
Physics and Astronomy
Research specialisations are available in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics, condensed matter physics, imaging physics, particle physics, quantum gases, theoretical physics and computational physics.
Science graduates gain employment in genetic engineering, agricultural support and pharmaceutical science, banking and finance, environmental consulting, hospitals, medical institutes, mining, petroleum and engineering, research, and wine and food industries. Opportunities also exist in organisations including the Department of Sustainability and the Environment, CSIRO, the defence forces, road and water authorities, museums, local councils, education and the health sector. Depending on their areas of expertise, graduates can be employed as botanists, chemists, ecologists, astrophysicists, environment consultants, food scientists, palaeontologists, genetic engineers, marine biologists, materials scientists, medical scientists, metallurgists, molecular biologists, museum curators, nuclear physicists, financial analysts, communications specialists, forensic scientists, researchers, science journalists, geotechnical engineers, statisticians, teachers, and weather forecasters.
Biologist Beth McGraw studies how mosquitoes transmit dengue fever, aiming to determine how much disease a single mosquito can cause in its lifetime.