School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

HASS Building

Our Strengths

We have a strong research focus and outstanding researchers with national and international profiles for their scholarly publications and contributions to public debate. Academic staff are keen competitors for research grants, and the School welcomes postgraduate research students (for Masters and Doctoral thesis projects) in areas where our staff have expertise.

Research Degrees - Apply

Scholarships - Apply

The general research interests in the school are:

The School, however, has particular strengths in the areas of defence-related history and policy, and relations with East and South East Asia. Historians in the School have published widely on twentieth century conflicts, including a multi-volume history of the Australian Department of Defence. Researchers in the International and Political Studies Program focus on political change in the Asia-Pacific region, Australian foreign relations, and defence policy. Indonesian staff focus on social and cultural change in Indonesia, and English scholars have developed a strong reputation in Australian literature, particularly in editing and bibliography.

Several journals are edited by School members:


The 2013-2014 HASS Research Report

World-class research distinguishes our School, but also adds an essential element of quality to our core goal of educating the best leaders for Defence. It enables us to attract postgraduate research candidates from across the world, and to participate in international forums as respected voices to contemporary debates. Download the 2013-2014 HASS Research Peport (PDF 9mb).


Research Degrees

Are you interested in a postgraduate research degree from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences?

The School offers supervision for postgraduate research students leading to the degree of Master of Arts (MA), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a wide range of areas in which our staff have expertise. Students are not required to be Defence personnel.

Current research interests and projects

All research degrees require the preparation and submission of a thesis embodying the results of an original investigation or, in the case of the Master of Philosophy, a combination of thesis and coursework. More details about the requirements for these degrees can be found in the online Handbook .

What are the formal eligibility requirements for a research degree?

Eligibility for a Masters of Arts by research or a PhD in this School is generally a BA with Honours degree from a recognised institution, or equivalent qualification and work experience that demonstrates evidence of research capability.

IMPORTANT: There are two very important steps to take before applying for a research degree with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, make sure you read this information thoroughly and follow the necessary process.

Scholarships for study at UNSW Canberra

You may be eligible for a scholarship, whether funded by the Australian government or by the University. The Research and Research Training Office provides useful information on scholarships.

If you require more information contact the Research Coordinator - hasspgresearch@adfa.edu.au


The School is host to:


Asia Pacific Seminar Series

The Asia-Pacific Seminar Series is a forum for the exchange of ideas related to Asia-Pacific issues. This forum is open to scholars who would like to present their work (findings or in-progress) to share, exchange and develop ideas. Staff, students and members of the public are most welcome.