At UNSW Arts & Social Sciences we have built an exceptional and involved culture for PhD and 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.

HDR Calendar

We have brought together a wide variety of workshops, seminars, events, conferences and other opportunities for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students. We encourage participation in the research culture of the School and the wider University.

Download the 2019 HDR Calendar

Dean's Research Awards

Now in its sixth year, the annual UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Dean’s Research Awards celebrates excellent research performance by academic staff and HDR students. 

The Dean, Professor Susan Dodds, selects three HDR winners from a shortlist of recommended recipients from a sub-panel comprised of members from the UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Research Committee. 

2018 Dean's Award for Best Doctoral Thesis

Awarded to Dr Emily Hughes for her thesis entitled 'Heidegger, affectedness, and the question of the temporality of being'. Emily’s thesis was supervised in the School of Humanities and Languages by Dr Joanne Faulkner and Dr Simon Lumsden.

2018 Dean's Award for Best HDR Publication

Jointly awarded to:

  • Anthony Chmiel in the School of the Arts and Media for his publication titled 'Back to the inverted-U for music preference: A review of the literature'.
  • Jacqueline Dalziell in the School of Social Sciences for her publication titled 'Microbiology as Sociology: The Strange Sociality of Slime,’ in What if Culture Was Nature All Along?'

2018 Dean's Award for Best HDR Supervision

Awarded to Dr Peter White in the School of the Arts & Media.

HDR Graduation Celebration

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences holds an annual celebratory event in honour of our graduating PhD and Masters by Research candidates. A number of the graduating candidates will speak about their research thesis and provide an overview of the work that they have completed over the last few years. 

All current HDRs and academic staff are invited to engage with the research community and congratulate the graduates. 

Annual Postgraduate Research Conference

The annual postgraduate research conference brings together students to share ideas and promote greater interdisciplinary thinking. It provides an opportunity to present papers, raise questions and receive feedback. Details of previous conferences can be found on our Facebook page.

If you would like to be involved in the organisation of the next conference please email the postgraduate students' committee.