This Why I Decided to Study in Australia for PhD

Good day, mate! (As we greet in Australia!)

study in australia

While  I am heading to Australia in pursuit of PhD in Neuromedicines.

I wish to elaborate why I chose to Study in Australia as my Graduate research destination?

Simply, because it gives best research experience, world recognized university reputation, highly advanced laboratories, a good PhD completion ratio (this is tempting !) and of course, multi-cultural  truly international experience and very generous scholarships (tax-free, unlike many other countries!)

For the last ten years, international graduate students have been attracted to Australia and New Zealand, benefiting from their high quality universities and colleges and exciting and modern cultures.

In more recent years, however, the countries that go to make up the Pacific Rim have also begun to attract students from different regions, drawn by the reputations of their universities, the value for money offered by their graduate programs and the excitement of the local cultures of these new international student destinations.

Global recognizable and well structured degrees make students from all over globe (majorly Europe and Canada and Asian countries) to choose Singapore as viable option along side Australia and New Zealand!

Why Study in Australia

  • Natural Attraction
  • University Life
  • Scholarships and Economy

A Natural Attraction

The nature and character of the region for international graduate students is one of its most attractive qualities.

Long regarded as natural paradises by visitors, Australia and New Zealand continue to attract those students interested in an outdoor lifestyle featuring a relaxed and informal nature.

Culturally, Asia is similarly diverse, offering international students a fascinating and often surprising study and life experience.  For those looking for a big city university experience, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Shanghai and Bangkok all boast well-regarded graduate schools in locations often regarded as dynamic hubs of regional tourism.

University Life

Asian and Australasian institutions also offer international graduate students a university experience that is different from other regions in the number of international providers of education active in the region.

Australia,  New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore all offer international campuses and international qualifications delivered locally but designed by other international universities and education providers.

Singapore has now been regarded as a center for this kind of international graduate education for more than ten years, with more than 70,000 non-Singaporean students registered at universities in the country, many of which offer graduate degrees accredited by internationally based institutions.

The region as a whole is considered more seriously than ever before by many of the best international graduate students because of a unique combination of good quality academic programs, interesting local cultures and excellent value for money.

Cost and Economy

Programs taught to international standards in Australasia, for example, are often a fraction of the price of similar degrees available in Europe and North America.

Coupled with this, the rapid economic growth of the region over the last two decades or so has created a high demand for skilled migrants to enable many of these countries to compete on the world’s stage.

Favorable conditions exist for international students graduating from local universities intending to settle and contribute to the local economy.

For many years, Singapore alongside Australia has targeted such graduate students and encouraged them to work after graduation through innovative scholarship and loan schemes for the best candidates.

If you are looking for a less traditional destination for your Masters or research degree, consider one of the universities located in Australasia.

With well-established systems of university education, tightly governed quality control and a wonderfully diverse cultural experience you are sure to find a program and a university that is ideal for your own unique ambitions with very generous scholarship options!

Any queries on Australasia as study destination will be anticipated by me with smiles!!

I will be putting country specific and university specific details soon on upcoming posts!

 

44 Comments

  1. Swapnil on May 20, 2018 at 1:06 AM

    Hi…
    I have completed my BE in mechanical engineering with first class 60.43%in India and MS in mechanical engineering with first class 63% in UK. I have 4 international papers publications and 1 professional membership to research organisation and 6 months intership in research and development in the UK. Beside that I have got unconditional offer for PhD from RMIT university and I have applied for scholarship.is it possible to get scholarship?

  2. pooja vaishnav on December 19, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    hi,
    I have completed my B.tech in cs after that have completed M.tech in cs.Now wants to apply for phd in australia. can u tell me the whole procedure as well as what kind of job , gonna have in australia.
    thanks 🙂

  3. Shital on November 26, 2016 at 1:41 AM

    I have completed master degree in engineering from EC branch in communication systems. I have 8.6 years of teaching experience and 0.6 years of industrial experience.
    I wanted to ask will my degree be considered as equivalent master degree and can i pursue phd in Australia.
    Another question i have is will i be able to get job with this teaching experience and allowed to do job along with phd.
    Can i be accompanied by a kid of 4 years?

  4. Nitya kohli on October 23, 2016 at 4:30 AM

    Hi,

    I am Nitya from India working as an HR professional in Ecommerce. I am planning to evolve myself as a researcher in organisational behaviour from one of the universities in Australia. Since I would be leaving my good settled job here and investing a lot of money abroad… Will there be a good option to get stipend while I do my research and work part time . This will help me maintain my earning capability. Please suggest how can I go about it? Because I have heard in Australian universities international students don’t get stipend for their research like the way it is in uk and US universities. Thanks

  5. Harpreet Kour bhatia on May 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    hello
    i m harpreet kour bhatia wanna to do PHD in Management………& completed my MBA in 2009 ………….so plz guide me i ll be very grateful to u……….

  6. nazi on March 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    hi my husband wants to study Phd in Australia can you help me what do we do? what,s the proces of admission

  7. mayank cand on January 15, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Hello,
    I have a question regarding the university which is offering me Masters(by coursework) in IT with specialization in networking . The university which is offering is University of western sydney.
    so I wanted to ask few questions
    1. what is the reputation of this university in australia ?
    2. is is worth doing this degree in terms of return of investment ??

    thanx in advance…

  8. sneha s on December 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Hello,

    I have 3 years of research experience in india and now i wish to go ahead with my PhD studies. Please guide me with this:
    What are the chances of getting a direct admission for phd in Australia? Do i have to submit my proposal to supervisor i choose and then wait for the approval? Or should i do a master by coursework in Australia and then try for phd simultaneously

    • Dharmesh Faldu on January 8, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      Dear Sneha, thanks to follow blog.

      YOu can try submitting proposal to supervisor chosen and keep discussing with supervisor during the application process about research and possibilities. There are chances to get directly in PhD in Australia, if you come up with good research idea and background. So I would say give it a try and in option, you can pursue masters by research followed by PhD.

      • Sneha on February 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        Thank you so much!
        I had one more question regarding the Scholarships. Most of the scholarships demand for a degree equivalent to the honors with 1st class. So would 63% from Pune University qualify for the same. Plus a good toefl score, work experience and publications. Will these help in the competitive scholarships?

  9. Dharmesh Faldu on November 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Dear Satya,

    Its HSB’s pleasure to have readers who got passion for research! Congratulations on securing offer from Australian University. You background is good enough to get you generous scholarships to support you while you are doing research towards PhD. As far it consult to Australian PhD in Geography, you will love resources available there. Australia being very diverse in geography, you will have actual exposure of experimenting research.

    As far it concern with Canadian University, I think you should be eligible to get in. However, unlike Australian opinions, I am not so expert when it comes to Canadian University. I guess Raghu may able to comment better on this.

    Even in your home country you can pursue PhD, but make sure you have enough resources for research available there. I would recommend to do PhD either in Australia or Canada and come back home with your expertise knowledge and skills to contribute country’s growth.

    Hope I could answer your doubt. Any further question would be welcomed.

    Stay tuned with HSB 🙂

  10. jinesh on November 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Dear sir
    i am student of pharmacy.currently i done my master in pharmacy.i wont to done my PHD in aus..but i dont know the procedure about that.which exam i hve to face it to det admission in aus uni..please give me detailed information about that..

    • Dharmesh Faldu on November 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Dear Jinesh,

      Thanks for putting up the question! As this is most common question, I am coming across, I will soon blog step by step process for PhD admission and scholarship.

      In brief, you need to first contact supervisor and discuss research proposal. If you got supervisor for your PhD, you can formally apply for PhD at University, which would require IELTS. There are lot of funding available for research.

      For full details, keep visiting Happyschools blog, will soon post detailed info

      Thanks

  11. Mannan on November 1, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Dear Dharmesh Faldu,
    Thank you for your kind suggestion. Glad to hear that If one has desire for research, funding is always available. any way, How to apply for scholarship to IPRS, Endeavor award, APA, ADS etc.?

    • Dharmesh Faldu on November 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      This Scholarships generally have own online applications and deadlines. Will posting full details about scholarship and application to scholarship soon after posting admission process blog first! As this is more common and almost every one want to know about this!

      Keep tuned with HSB! 🙂

  12. Mannan on November 1, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Dear, Dharmesh Faldu,
    This blog in which you post instructions is very essential for most of the PhD. scholarship seekers like me. Hence I thank you especially. By the by, I am Abdul mannan from Bangladesh. I am a teacher on Chemistry of a Government College in my country. I have brilliant academic results with four 1st classes . Actually I have a dream to gain PhD to develop my career, but finance is the main problem. So now I need a full scholarship for PhD. I don’t know how can this dream come true. Would you please help( without this blog instructions) me in this regard? Is it a problem not to have IELTS for such scholarship ? Again, How can I get the E mail IDs of supervisors as per my field of research interest? I would be very grateful to you if you kindly write me. With best regards to you – Mannan

    • Dharmesh Faldu on November 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      Dear Mannan,

      If one has desire for research, funding is always available. HappySchoolsBlog having main objective to help prospective and current students, and so HSB team is always happy to anticipate your queries.

      There are several scholarships available for international students in Australia to do PhD, such as IPRS, Endeavor award, APA, ADS etc. (For description, I will soon post a blog, as everyone is keen to know about that)

      As IELTS is prime requirement for admission criteria, but you can write it later once you convinced supervisor to support your application too.

      For Email ID of prospective supervisors, you need to go to website of University and every university displays list of professors and researchers along with contact detail and their research area.

      For more information, keep following HSB! 🙂 Wish you all luck! 🙂

  13. AJ on October 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    which are the best Australian university for PHD in Biomedical Engineering. I wanna go to Australia for PHD. Right now I am working on my masters in electrical engineering(research Based) in the US.

    • Dharmesh Faldu on October 31, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Dear AJ,

      This sounds interesting that you got MS (Research Based). I guess, for you University of Melboune and University of South wales stands best .Still, I will make you list of best university and current situation of those university for your course soon. Stay tuned with HSB! 🙂

  14. Divya on October 30, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Dear Dharmesh,
    Thank you very much for your suggestion.

    Wish you all the luck!

  15. Rutvij on October 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    wat abt racial discrimination in australia?

  16. veena on October 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    hello iam veena and i completed my masters in chemistry and iam planning for phd in nanoscience in australia and i want to know gud universities for phd in nanoscience and the phd scholarships available for indian students and what is the right time for applying to phd?

    • Dharmesh Faldu on October 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Dear Veena,

      Almost every Australian universities offers PhD in Nano science, For specific university, I would be posting next blog post regarding ranking of universities and tips to choose right for individual soon. There are lot of scholarships like IPRS, Victorian scholarship, Endeavor Award, university scholarships available for Indian students.

      As Australian Universities offer PhD admission, round the year, you can apply anytime. But to grab specific scholarships, you keep deadlines of scholarships in mind. It is always advisable to start contacting supervisors as soon as you can.

      For more detailed info on scholarships, admission procedures and university ranking, stay tuned with HSB! As these are much common question of every one, I will write a blog post answering them very soon!

  17. BS on October 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Hi there. Thanks for starting this topic. I am a regular visitor at HSB and it is great to know that HSB is now including opportunities at other countries as well.

    I have completed my masters in Physics and would like to pursue a PhD degree. What process do the Universities in Australia Follow for the Admission process. Do the students need to give standardized tests like in the US? At what time do the admission for Fall 13 start. Please give more details. Also which universities are known for good research work in Physics.

    • Dharmesh Faldu on October 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Dear BS,

      It always bring smile to us, when a readers are happy with blog posts!

      As you already done Masters in Physics, Australia certainly gives several of options for career advancement. Admission in Australian University and requirements are being most asked question, I will certainly post detail blog post soon concerning these questions.

      However, in brief, to get PhD from Australian university you need to find supervisor with your mutual interest and contact them to discuss research proposal. Once you agree your supervisor with particular research topic and project, you need to apply to university for enrollment and scholarships. You do not require GRE, but you need IELTS (6.5 band) as requirement and strong record of research publications. Australian universities gives enrollment to PhD round the year and there is not such particular intakes for the same, so you can apply any time. However, few scholarships has own deadlines, you must keep those deadlines in mind (I will post all details in next blog post regarding admission and scholarship process)!

      There are top notched universities in Australia, for Physics, I must say along with many other, Uni Melbourne, Uni Sydney, UniSA, Monash, Murdoch, and UTAS stands unique. However, many other universities provides quality and world recognized education in Physics.

      Wish you all luck! Stay tuned with HSB…! 🙂

  18. Pankaj Snehi on October 30, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    I’m here for UG, hope that doesn’t break the chain of questions posted here.
    I’ve got a conditional offer letter from the University of Sydney for the CS program and hope to enroll to complete my PG as well(you know the four years one UG+PG). I’ve applied to UK as well. And will be applying to US this fall for the Fall 2013.
    My priority is scholarships or financial aid. Precisely this is why I chose US to apply for. But I’m inclined towards Australia as well for the reasons you just mentioned above. So, what I wanted to know that, are there any scope for scholarships for international students beyond the university. I know about AusAID but’d like to know more from you as you’re there.
    Help me please.

    • Dharmesh Faldu on October 30, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      Dear Pankaj,

      We’re thankful to you to come up with very specif questions. Congratulations for securing offer from Uni Sydney.

      Uni Sydney stands unique in world ranking and follows nearly 53rd best university across globe! There are number of University scholarships for international students and also some course specific scholarships at University of Sydney (Every university in Australia provides generous scholarships). I hope thi link will help you a bit http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/scholarships/undergraduate/future.shtml#intl

      Apart from University scholarships you may apply Government scholarships (such as AusAID) which are generally bound to have few terms and conditions (For instance receipt of AusAid must leave Australia on completion and apply subsequent visa offshore for entering australia again; also have several work right conditions). The other option for you is apply foundation and trust scholarships (such as Rotary club scholarships, Inlaks scholarships and lot many). You also may opt for industry sponsored scholarships (For CS, you may look on several IT companies who sponsor students like Google, Microsoft, Systemics, Infi, and many more).

      I am pretty sure, you will grab one or few!

      When it comes to option to UK, education in UK is comparatively costly, comparatively less scholarships and most important NO WORK RIGHT during or after student visa. If you want to study and back home again, than UK seems best option.

      For US and scholarships in US, I would prefer you to discuss this with Raghu on HSB, he is from USA and will certainly guide you better when it comes to USA.

      Wish you all luck!

  19. Divya on October 29, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Hi,
    I m a regular visitor of HSB and your response are well crafted. Well i m interested to know about the PhD position in Bioinformatics in Australia.

    • Dharmesh Faldu on October 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      Dear Divya,

      Thanks to become our companion here on HSB! 🙂

      Yes, there are lot of PhD positions available in Asutralia for Bioinformatics.

      The Graduate Research (PhD) system in Australia is bit different so the positions with project title generally do not published by University. But, you need to find supervisor with your mutual interest and contact them to discuss research proposal. Once you agree your supervisor with particular research topic and project, you need to apply to university for enrollment and scholarships.

      I prefer you to go to researchers profiles or staff page of following universities to find supervisor with your mutual interest.

      University of Melbourne,
      Monash University,
      University of South Australia,
      University of Tasmania,
      University of Syfdney,
      RMIT,
      University of Queensland,
      University of New South Wales
      and few more.

      Wish you all luck!

  20. lavanya on October 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    hi i have applied to university of Sydney for PhD in medicine-cognitive neuroscience. how does this compare in reputation to the ivy leagues? i will be moving with my family ( 2 children and husband) any other suggestions will be really helpful.

    • Dharmesh Faldu on October 29, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      Uni Sydney is well reputed over all in Globe (Global ranking is 53, which is far better)… Also they have marked reputation in Neurocognitive sciences. (I had few collaborative research with them in past). Let me make you ensure that there is no better place to do PhD for cognition. You already applied, that seems you convinced a supervisor there… if I am not wrong. Which scholarship you intended to apply?? Which intake you intended to apply?? Scholarships are highly competitive, but publication record will help you. In addition, as Australian PhD is based on Pure research (No Coursework); you need to start modifying and finalizing the perfect research protocol, so that you can start experiment very soon.

      Wish you all luck!

      • lavanya on October 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        thank you. yes, i have found a supervisor who helped me finalise the proposal.

  21. Dino on October 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Do we require GRE n IELTS to get admitted what would be the pre-requisites for the start off

    • Dharmesh Faldu on October 29, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      For Australia and Newzealand, you will not require GRE, but very high score like 7 band each module required in IELTS (depends on university to university). Singapore admissions primarily requires GRE.

      For Australasia, you need to show dedicated interest in research and few international peer reviewed publication record to secure highly competitive scholarships. More over, a strong research proposal and reputation of your intended supervisor also counts at larger extent.

      Wish you all luck!

  22. Sam on October 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    From what I have heard, if you’re doing a CS PhD without industry experience then you will face a lot of trouble finding a job after completion of your degree. Also I have heard that PhDs are also doing the same stuff done by people with just degrees, is that right? I can’t even find jobs related to CS which require PhDs online. Could someone tell me job situation in Australia?
    Thanks

    • Dharmesh Faldu on October 29, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      I may not ever can tell you very specific about Computer Science, but it is sure with a PhD you will get a better paid job in Australia. Even Engineering and IT and computer industry in Australia is at boom at this stage so a CS candidate with PhD can expect a big pay! 🙂

      The particular reason for not finding jobs on online portal that require PhD as primarily, is that most PhDs get hired directly with their research contacts, while they are in process to submit and review their thesis. So companies generally don’t find PhD available in open market. Also Academic and research jobs require PhD as primary qualification.

      Getting PhD is also counted towards experience in Australia. As PhD requires lot of skills that a corporate company may looking for, i.e. indepth knowledge, patience, skill, decision capabilities, presentation qualities, verbal and written communication, problem solving quality… So getting PhD at any stage of career is as effective.

      I hope, I have cleared your doubt. Any further query will be anticipated!

      • Sam on October 31, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        Hi, Thanks a lot for the answer! Yes it certainly cleared lot of my doubts. 😀 And I really appreciate your effort putting on answering all the user questions.

        A friend of mine said that this guy who is a postdoc (PhD from UoMelbourne) has NOT still found a job for about 6 months now; because he doesn’t have any industry experience. This might not hold if you want a job in academic but it’s not for me. So should I work few years before thinking of a PhD in AUS? Do companies hire new PhD graduates with no prior industry experience with a higher pay or just the same pay with a BS/MS? Thanks and I’m anticipating an answer from you!

        • Dharmesh Faldu on October 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

          I wonder if the UoM graduate still not find the job. But, overall, PhD gives fatter pay check (http://www.happyschoolsblog.com/phd-or-ms-dilemma/) As a survey of Aus Govt says that 97.34 % of PhD graduates of Science, medicine, engineering and technology were in research and above average pay jobs after 4 months of award.

          Well PhD is well recognized but also other factors influence to get a job are personal qualities, presentation and decisive skills, innovative idea and how easily one cop up with new implications. The most important thing is in-depth knowledge of subject and specialization is prime requirement.

          However, to do PhD after work experience or directly out of college is always individual choice.

  23. Bismark-Ghana on October 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    I think i agree with u ma brother.i have enrolled to a business school in Australia and their tuition fee is just marvelous,its very cheap.also students are given work permit to work part time. such a good opportunity for anybody who wants to school abroad.

  24. Bhaskar R on October 29, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Hi,

    I am a regular visitor of HSB and I follow a lot of posts. Your post is certainly well crafted and well assembled. I am however, curious to know about the Masters courses in Australia, especially in electrical engineering field.

    • Dharmesh Faldu on October 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      Dear Bhaskar,

      Its pleasure that you follow HSB as frequent!

      Masters course in Australia are majorly of two types: Coursework based and Masters by research. Both are 2 years duration course, which lead to 2 years work permit and pathway to PR after completion.

      There are 41 Universities in Australia offers Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia, out of which 18 university follows under top 300 of global ranking.

      Fee structure for the courses vary between 22000 – 30000 AUD per annum.

      There are no such scholarship for coursework masters but you can expect very generous scholarships for research masters degree. But, Masters by research admission criteria are very high and highly competitive too.

      Wish you all luck!

      • Satya on November 18, 2012 at 3:31 AM

        i am satya singh from Nepal ,just completed Master of urban planning from australia and Master of geography from Nepal, and i am a citizen of nepal struggling to find a direction a career for my studies..as i have interested in physical geography too..and have done bit of GIS and want to do something for my country development project..as i have studied planning in western context..i am very satisfied to do further continue PHD .

        currently i am involved to work in local planning firm to understand the work place in urban plannnig sector….i am going to get my pofesssional license soon.I have finished my Masters of geography from Tribhuwan university, Nepal prior to study this urban planning..in australia….so i am very much confused where to study higher degree…please give me further direction.

        i have got proposal of spatial planning and got research offer from Australian university(pathway to PHD) .i am attaching the offer letter of that university too in order to show that i am a potential PHD student so i am trying to apply in canada so i can afford the cost and my interest for studies…as my CV stated the qualification of two master degree. …..its not about the money only..its the skill and knowledge which we looking is not so helpful which i thought about applying back to my country nepal for development purposes…so i have attached my resume..which i just want to know about my eligiblity confirmation ..for my phd application in this universiSty…..so will u plz give me good suggestion..i am having stress for my career….thank you..i look forward for your positive reply..

  25. Raj on October 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Thanks a ton Dharmesh! Can I inbox you privately? Please let me know if that is possible.

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