Study Abroad and Exchange Taste of Research Projects

UNSW is excited to launch a new set of research projects for Study Abroad and Exchange Students. This program is open to high-achieving students who are considering postgraduate research in the future or wish to experience research during their undergraduate program. These projects allow students to gain valuable research experience while being supervised by an academic staff member. These research projects are worth 6 or 12 Units of Credit (UOC). Students will perform Research Assistant duties for 105 hours and 45 hours writing a reflection of their experience, per 6UOC.


Currently applying or accepted into the UNSW Study Abroad or Exchange programs.

Meeting project specific prerequisites. Please refer to the Project Description documents for a list of required prerequisites.

Application procedure

  1. Browse the list of projects on offer on the following pages and choose any of interest.
  2. Ensure you check with your home institution if the course will gain credit.
  3. Please fill in one application form (available to download here) and indicate preferences for each project that you would like to apply for along with a copy of your resume and academic transcript. Please email these documents to the Study Abroad or Exchange general email addresses - or - depending on your program.
  4. Ensure that you are enrolled in your expected study plan by the enrolment deadline with other courses.
  5. UNSW will select and notify successful students.
  6. UNSW will enrol the successful students into the course code and drop them from one other course to maintain a full-time enrolment.
  7. Students commence their project.


Each applicant will initially be assessed by the Study Abroad and Exchange Office to ensure they meet the prerequisites for the project they indicated.

Applicants who meet the prerequisites will have their application forwarded to the project supervisor who will assess all applicants and make the final selection.

Important notes

The UNSW transcript will not display the specific research undertaken and therefore students may wish to request a Report or Reference from their supervisor at the completion of the research project to outline the work that was undertaken.

Project preferences will be accommodated where possible.

Course requirements

Students perform Research Assistant duties for 105 hours.

Students spend 45 hours writing a reflection of their experience.

Some projects will be given a final mark, while others will be given a pass/fail result.

Some projects will be individual work while some will be group work.

Most will attract 6 UOC, but some will attract 12 UOC.

Details for each project will be available by downloading the PDF attached to the project titles below

Projects and deadlines

Projects by Discipline:

Term 3:

Available on campus only


Disrupting planned CSR-focused governance reform: The lobby against the social licence to operate

Available on campus or remotely


High-impact school leadership, relations, and context


Tools of racial control: an economic analysis of laws vs. violence 

Humanities and Languages:

Colonial Voices and the Remaking of the British Empire

Not available for Term 3

Indigenous Studies - Nura Gili Indigenous Programs:

A Voice for First Nations in Australia: From ATSIC to the Uluru Statement and Beyond

Humanities and Languages:

Access to justice: Forensic linguistic analysis of interpreted court proceedings

English & Literary Studies:

Rioting and the Literary Archive

Taxation and Business Law 

UNSW Tax Clinic and beyond: Evaluating university-based, pro bono tax clinics for vulnerable taxpayers (Available Term 1 only)

Term 1: Available Online or in Person

Chemical Engineering

Nanomedicine for Spinal Cord Injury

Electrochemistry for the Making of Nanosensors

Nanomaterials Development for Clean Energy Applications using Atomic-Scale Engineering Techniques

Term 1 Deadline:

19 November

Term 3 Deadline:

20 July