Our Research

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UNSW School of Social Sciences produces world-leading research, recognised for its academic excellence, interdisciplinarity and social impact. We have an exceptional community of active researchers and a vibrant cohort of between 60 and 100 higher degree research students.

Through our fundamental and applied research approach, we’re one of the top-performing universities in the world. Thanks to our strong partnerships with key organisations, we work to understand, challenge and enhance our society.

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International Excellence in Research

Benchmarked with the highest global rating of 5 in the latest ARC’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2018), our School’s studies in Human Society research is among the best in the world.

Year on year, we support an innovative, creative and stimulating environment, which enables us to hold our standing among the world-leading universities. Our School’s research and researchers thrive in an environment that celebrates achievements, nurtures talent and promotes collaboration.

Our Research Commitment

We’re committed to actively supporting and growing our research program, strengthening our contribution to world-leading research and pursuing social justice.

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Research Programs

The following research programs are available in all research areas:

In addition, the following Professional Doctorate programs are also available:

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