The frontline of tomorrow’s health discoveries
The University of Western Australia is one of the country’s most prestigious research-intensive universities, ranked in the world’s top 100 institutions and home to Nobel Prize winners Professors Barry Marshall and Robin Warren.
UWA’s Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences offers postgraduate research opportunities in a wide range of scientific and clinical disciplines to significantly benefit the health of Australian and international communities.
As a research-oriented faculty we aim to understand the cause of diseases and to develop new treatments and diagnostic techniques in a holistic approach to help maintain lifelong health.
Through the postgraduate research process, you will extend your understanding of a subject area and develop advanced analytical and project management skills, as well as the ability to work independently. Successful completion of a research degree indicates to a prospective employer that you have excellent project and personal management skills, and that you can think independently and critically, solve problems and communicate effectively.
Benefits of undertaking a postgraduate research degree:
- The challenge of independent research is personally rewarding
- Work with our world-class staff and gain networking opportunities that could lead to career possibilities around the world
- Experience a high rate of success in employment with your transferable skills
Areas of research priority
- Ageing and aged care
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions
- Cancer control
- Cardiovascular health
- Health security
- Indigenous health
- Injury prevention
- Maternal health in the first 200 days
- Mental health
Explore some of our research projects
Population and Global Health
The research strengths of the School of Population and Global Health (PDF 1.6MB) include a strong evidence-based approach to services and health program evaluation, and have a proven record of achievement in preventative, clinical and occupational epidemiology.
Their research areas are diverse, and can include cardiovascular disease epidemiology, global environment and health, vulnerable groups, and rural health.
Medical research is undertaken at the Telethon Kids Institute which is based within the Perth Children’s Hospital. It is one of the largest, and most successful medical research institutes in Australia.
Areas of research include brain and behaviour, chronic and severe diseases, and early environment.
National Centre of Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD)
NCARD leads innovation and discovery to improve the lives of people affected by asbestos related disease. We have excellent PhD project opportunities that are supported by outstanding supervisors. In collaboration with the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, we are currently offering an exciting project focusing on targeting the mesothelioma epigenome (PDF 532KB) to improve immunotherapy outcomes.
A few of our projects
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Identification and characterisation of virulence associated genes in Burkholderia pseudomalleiMolecular pathogenesis
This research involves the identification and characterisation of virulence associated genes in Burkholderia pseudomallei.Read more
Mental illness and treatments
Translational research evaluating three interventions that overcome engagement barriers for people with mental illnessRead more
Resetting the tipping point Converting immune checkpoint non-responders into responders
This UWA project characterises the events that occur in cancers cured by immunotherapy using gene expression data to discover ways to reinforce those processes and increase cancer cure rates.Read more
Sorting-Out the Skeleton The role of SNX27 in Skeletal Health and Disease
This project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and examines the role of sorting-nexin 27 (SNX27), a protein crucially involved in the regulation and trafficking of transmembrane cargo, in skeletal growth and homeostasis.Read more
Asbestos Removalists Study
Asbestos removalists are at a high risk of asbestos exposure. This UWA project will involve recruiting asbestos removalists to assess their health now and in the future.Read more
Postgraduate research scholarships
Professional courses in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatric medicine and social work are offered at postgraduate level. In addition to professional courses, we offer postgraduate coursework and research courses and training in a variety of disciplines.
UWA offers more than 150 postgraduate scholarships each year to domestic and international students to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Master of Philosophy (MPhil). PhDs and MPhils are programs of independent, supervised research assessed on the basis of a thesis and can be taken in any discipline for which appropriate supervision and resourcing are available.
The eligibility criteria and application process is the same for both degrees, with the PhD typically taking four years and the MPhil taking two years. The MPhil is a master’s by research degree.
International scholarships provide tuition fees, living allowances and in some cases, the Overseas Student Health Cover, while the domestic scholarships provide living allowances, as the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) already provides Fee Offset Scholarships to students successful in obtaining an offer to commence a PhD or an MPhil.
The Graduate Research School has rounds of international and domestic scholarship applications each year. Check the website for opening dates and application procedures, including access to the online application form.
Finding a supervisor
Supervisors advise, guide and provide constructive feedback in choosing a topic, designing a project, conducting the research, interpreting the findings and writing the dissertation.
Most postgraduate research students are supervised by two or more members of staff.
External supervisors are welcome additions. Generally, allocation of supervisors is a matter for individual negotiation between student and supervisor, and students are free to choose.
Make your choice with great care, as the effectiveness of the student/supervisor relationship has a major effect on your experience.Learn more