At UniSA, our researchers are thought-leaders and change-makers. We have big ideas and we ask big questions. We translate our discoveries into solutions that benefit our economy and society. Our approach to research has always been strongly aligned with industry, and we engage in partnerships with business, industry and community, who help to shape the questions we ask. We have built a culture of collaboration that brings our best minds together to solve problems in a multidisciplinary environment. Through our research partnerships, we are developing future industries, creating change and making the world a better place.

Key Research Areas

  • Engineering, all types, focus on civil engineering
  • Information technology and computing sciences, focus on AI, systems, augmented reality and human-centred computing
  • Oncology and cancer research
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, drug development and research
  • Education and human society

Check our website to view all our currently available research degree projects.


Research Achievements

  • Rated five stars for excellence in research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness and innovation - 2022 QS Stars Ratings
  • #1 young university in Australia for industry collaborations - 2022 THE Young University Rankings - Industry Income Indicator
  • 100% of our research at or above world-class - 2018 assessed detailed fields, Excellence in Research Australia (ERA)
  • No. 1 in Australia for research impact and engagement - 2018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact – Approach to impact and engagement Australia fields.




At the University of South Australia prospective research degree students can apply directly to a research degree project with a defined supervisory panel and an allocated living allowance and tuition fee scholarship. All research degree students sponsored by a recognised partner (e.g. government or organisation) may be able to receive a fee waiver. More information about available scholarships can be found here.