PhD and Masters

Interested in pursuing a higher degree?

PhD and Masters

The AVC Group is always on the lookout for high-calibre students to undertake a PhD, Masters by Research, or Masters by Coursework.

We receive many enquiries from international students seeking to do a PhD. Sometimes there are scholarships that are available from a project grant that is able support PhD students, and these are usually advertised on the Career Hub pages. When there isn't a project funded scholarship, students must be able to financially support themselves and pay the University tuition fees.


Domestic (Australian) students can apply for an Australian Postgraduate Research Allowance (APRA), which provides tax-free stipend to support you while you study. There are no university fees or HECS fees.

If you graduated with a BE (Hons) first class, then you are likely (not guaranteed as it is competitive) to get a APRA scholarship.

International students can apply for an international scholarship. However these are EXTREMELY competitive and applicants would need to have more than 2 journal papers as first named author to be considered. There are eligibility requirements as well, such as a high standard of English, high achievement at University and publishing. Click on the RESOURCE tab at the bottom of this page to get more information about international scholarships.


Successful Alumni

We have many successful alumni that have gone onto pursue careers in acoustics and vibrations, but also in fields such as management consulting, CEOs of businesses, established consulting engineering companies, research scientists, and many more.  Hence, undertaking a PhD can set you up for a great career path.


Students interested in contacting us regarding supervision for a PhD degree must have the following pre-requisites:

  • Very good standard of written and spoken English. As a guide, an IELTS score of 7.0.
  • Financial means to support yourself.
    • For domestic students, opportunities exist to apply for APRA scholarships and if you have 1st class honours, you are very likely to obtain a scholarship. For domestic students, the tuition fee is covered / waived.
    • For international students, there are very few international scholarships available, and these are available for all disciplines in the University. If you are considering applying for an international scholarship with the University of Adelaide, you would need at least 3 journal papers as first named author in highly ranked journals (e.g. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Applied Acoustics, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, etc.), to be short-listed. The international scholarships are extremely competitive. If you have 1 or 2 journal publications, then you are unlikely to be competitive and should consider increasing the number of journal papers before contacting academics. If you already have an international scholarship, then we would really like to hear from you!
  • An undergraduate or masters degree in mechanical engineering or related field with a reasonable GPA, and have completed subjects relevant to your chosen research topic.

Academics in the AVC Group are interested in most topics in Acoustics, Vibration and Control. You can also suggest a topic that interests you. Have a look at our Research Areas, and previous Projects that we have undertaken to get an idea of the types of projects that we are interested in pursuing.

Topics we are interested in supervising include:

  • most topics in acoustics including:
    • active noise and vibration control
    • vibro-acoustics, structural acoustics, sound radiation
    • ultrasound, especially biological applications of ultrasound, such as using ultrasound to kill blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)
    • combustion acoustics
    • acoustic meta-materials
    • acoustic cloaking
    • thermo-acoustics
    • signal processing
    • fast signal processing methods for active control, such as the sliding-Goertzel algorithm, sliding DFT, robust adaptive algorithms
    • statistical energy analysis
    • finite element analysis
    • boundary element analysis
    • acoustic beam-forming
    • psycho-acoustics
    • silencers and mufflers
    • improving transmission loss of panels
    • reducing the noise level inside rocket payload fairings
    • payload fill-factor
    • carbon-nanotube and graphene for improving acoustic absorption of materials
    • outdoor sound propagation models
    • sound radiation from hot jets from exhaust stacks emanating onto communities
    • underwater acoustics and underwater communications
    • sonar and acoustic imaging
    • improving transmission loss of panels
    • cavitation and bubble collapse
    • auralisation
    • spatial audio
    • Head Related Transfer Functions
    • aircraft noise
    • acoustic levitation and material sorting
  • Many topics in vibrations including:
    • active vibration control
    • active vibration isolation, and passive vibration isolation
    • vibration condition monitoring of machinery
    • fatigue-life models for bearings
    • decision making
    • structural health monitoring
    • digital image correlator for structural health monitoring
    • vibro-acoustics, including sound radiation from vibrating structures
    • non-linear vibration isolators
    • signal processing methods for practical condition monitoring
    • acoustic and vibration meta-materials
    • vibration black-holes
    • modal analysis
    • structural intensity and power flow
    • vibrational power transmission in structures via rotational moments
    • novel cost-functions for active vibration control and active noise control
  • Other topics including:
    • kinematics of the human wrist
    • acoustics and vibrations to improve processing an extraction of minerals and ores
    • drones, UAVs
    • deployable low cost-sensors to create grid arrays
    • low data rate, low power, long range data transmission systems such as DASH7, 6LoWPAN
    • aviation safety
    • head impact, helmet protection, playground surface testing
    • digital signal processors
    • field programmable analog arrays (FPAA) for control problems
    • using waste-heat for refrigeration and air-conditioning, such as thermoacoustics, Vuilleumier heat-pumps, Stirling cycle engines

If these topics are of interest to you, and you have financial support, then please contact us. When you send us an email please include the following:

  • Your IELTS English score if you are an international student. If you are a domestic student, please indicate this in your email.
  • Confirmation of your means to financially support yourself and cover tuition fees.
  • The research topic you are interested in pursuing.