Research Culture

At UNSW Arts & Social Sciences we want your graduate years to be among the most exciting and memorable of your life.

That’s why we have actively built an exceptional and involved research culture.

As one of our PhD or Masters by Research students you will benefit from our lively intellectual and collegial environment with many opportunities throughout the year to get involved in seminars, workshops, lectures and conferences.

Student experience

Three minute thesis competition

Ever considered trying to present your thesis in 180 seconds using only one PowerPoint slide?

The Three Minute Thesis is just one of the great ways you can participate in a research event. The yearly run competition  sees some of our Faculty’s best students present their thesis and its main ideas to a non-specialised audience. Finalists have the chance to represent the Faculty at the University level.

Arts & Social Sciences Success at the UNSW Inter-Faculty Final 2017

Congratulations to Antoni Tsaputra from Arts & Social Sciences for winning the Peoples' Choice Prize and the ARC Prize at the 2017 UNSW Inter-Faculty Final. Antoni impressed the audience with his three-minute presentation on enabling people with disabilities to participate actively in development planing and budgeting processes in Indonesia.

Antoni Tsaputra 3MT 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Faculty Heat winners:

First place and People's Choice: Antoni Tsaputra - Disability Inclusive Budgeting: enabling people with disabilities to have a say in development planning
Runner-up: Muhammed Ourang - Saving Endangered Languages

Congratulations to our 2016 Faculty Heat winners:

First place and People's choice:Sarah Mulholland - Knowledge and attitudes of New South Wales Government school teachers towards students who exhibity ADHD-type behaviours

Runner-up: Han Xu - Lawyers working with interperters in Australia

2016 3 MT winners - Sarah and Han!

Postgraduate students' committee

The Postgraduate students' committee represents postgraduate students' interests on School and Faculty committees. It also regularly holds social events and convenes an annual conference. Details of previous events can be found on our Facebook page. If you have any questions or concerns you would like to raise with the Committee please email us at

Postgraduate students' facebook group

The postgraduate students' Facebook group is a forum where students can ask questions and share information with other students, including details about resources, reading groups, conferences, seminars and job opportunities.

Annual postgraduate research conference

The annual postgraduate research conference brings together students from across Schools to share ideas and promote greater interdisciplinary thinking. It provides an opportunity for students to present papers, raise questions and receive feedback. Details of previous conferences can be found on Facebook. If you would like to be involved in the organisation of the next conference please contact the postgraduate students' committee.

Research seminars

From access to supervisors who provide dedicated support and guidance, there are also many opportunities to interact and exchange ideas with peers and staff at informal events or actively participate in your weekly School and Centre seminar series.

Be sure to talk to your supervisor and your fellow researchers about other ways you can get involved.