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Postgraduate research

Delve deeper into your area of interest and contribute new knowledge to the field of infectious diseases.

Why postgraduate research at the Kirby?

The Kirby Institute is a world-leading health research institute at UNSW Sydney. Sitting within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, we work to eliminate infectious diseases, globally. Our specialisation is in developing health solutions for the most at-risk communities. Doing so ultimately builds a safer, healthier world for everyone.

Our researchers and staff are world leaders in their fields and possess a range of knowledge, skills and experience to assist you with your research. As a postgraduate research student at the Kirby Institute, you will benefit from our rich network of academics and professionals, our state-of-the-art laboratory and research facilities and our global reputation as an institute at the forefront of research developments in infection and immunity.


Higher degree research programs

We offer two postgraduate research degrees: the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Science by Research (MRes). You'll undertake an original and critical research project to make a significant contribution to a subject's existing knowledge guided by an academic supervisor.

How to apply


Postgraduate Research Coordinators

Our Postgraduate Research Coordinators are experienced academics who will help guide you through your research program. We are the central point of contact for research students. Contact us at

Supervisor with PhD student meeting, both looking at notes in notebook. Credit: Kirby Institute/Bec Lewis.


Key research areas

The Kirby Institute has 13 research programs, each dedicated to a specific aspect of our broad-ranging research on infectious diseases. Key research areas include COVID-19 and emerging infections, HIV, sexual health, viral hepatitis, HPV, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and global health.

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Find a research supervisor

Use our search tool to find the contact details of our professors, lecturers, research associates and more. Search by entering a keyword or selecting from the list of roles.

Potential PhD projects

When you join the Kirby research community, you join a passionate group of people who are creating new knowledge to make a positive impact on the world. Browse projects that our academics are actively recruiting for.