3. Find a supervisor
A supervisor is an academic staff member of a University who will work with you throughout your research degree.
In your online application, you are asked to provide the name of your proposed supervisor at UniSA. Whilst you can still apply without nominating a supervisor, it is preferable to identify a supervisor for your project. A supervisor or research degree coordinator may be able to offer help with your research topic or suggest a research topic that is already available within a research project that is currently being undertaken in a school.
How can I find a supervisor?
Find a supervisor
Applicants for research professional doctorates must contact the program director before completing their application.
Applicants for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Masters by Research can choose to nominate a potential supervisor when completing their online application.
- Consider a UniSA academic you’ve worked with in the past or someone whose research you’ve read and whose expertise matches your area of interest
- Contact a research degree coordinator (or equivalent) in the relevant research area. This person can refer you to a potential supervisor/research project
- Contact the relevant School
- Search for supervisors by area of expertise in the ‘Find a supervisor’ search field above
- Use the research degree program directory to find out about research areas available and key research staff
If you cannot secure a potential supervisor during the application process, you will be matched with a suitable supervisor if you successfully gain admission to UniSA.
Please note: an academic staff member agreeing to supervise your research is not a guarantee that your application will be successful.
Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College