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Higher Degree by Research

CDU has a range of options for you to complete your HDR

Apply to undertake your Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at CDU, and you’ll be supported by committed supervisors who are experts in their fields, while you work in a distinct and unique part of Australia.

Entry requirements

Completing your Master by Research or PhD is an opportunity to specialise in your chosen field and contribute to delivering real and measurable impact in Northern Australia and beyond. Find out what you can study with CDU.

  • To be eligible for entry to an MRes you should have completed either:

    1.  a Bachelor Honours degree with first-class or second-class honours
      or

    2.  a Master by Coursework or Extended Masters, which contains a substantial research component

    English entry requirements 

    IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, or an equivalent English proficiency test result. However, please refer to the entry requirements page for more information on the forms of demonstrating English language proficiency. 

    Learn more about the course

  • To be eligible for entry to a PhD you should have completed either:

    1.  a Bachelor Honours degree with first-class honours or second-class honours division
      or

    2.  a Master's qualification that contains a substantial research component

    For more information on Honours' equivalence and documentation (for example copies of peer-reviewed academic publications), see HDR - Candidate Recruitment, Admission and Enrolment Procedures

    English entry requirements 

    IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, or an equivalent English proficiency test result. However, please refer to the entry requirements page for more information on the forms of demonstrating English language proficiency. 

    Learn more about this course

Research scholarships

Details for Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships for 2022 will be advised early in 2021
  • Semester

    Applicant type

    Open date of EOI

    Closing date of EOI

    Deadline to submit online application

    Semester 2, 2021

    Full fee paying

    1 March 2021

    30 April 2021

    31 May 2021

    Semester 1, 2022

    Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship (onshore*)

    1 May 2021

    ongoing

    31 October 2021

    Semester 1, 2022 Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship (offshore) 1 May 2021 ongoing TBA - early 2022

    Semester 1, 2022

     Full fee paying

    1 May 2021

    ongoing

    TBA - early 2022

     Note: EOIs will not be reviewed until after the open date and this process can take up to two weeks.

    *Onshore international applicants only (onshore in either Australia or New Zealand and able to travel to an approved CDU campus)

How to apply

What is an EOI?

Prospective international HDR candidates are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the HDR team before being invited to apply for admission. An EOI includes the following: 

  • Copies of academic transcripts and award certificates of your post-secondary qualifications (ie. Bachelor and Master degree)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) including details of publications
  • A brief research proposal (1500-1700 words or 3-4 pages) on the research you would like do, including details about specific methodological techniques

Email these to HDR Support at hdrsupport@cdu.edu.au

Scroll up to find out more about the deadline for EOI and Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Application.

Once submitted, your expression will be reviewed and you will be advised, if the minimum course entry requirements are met, and you will be invited to submit an application.

Please note: An invitation to submit an application for admission does not guarantee admission to a higher degree by research at CDU. For more information on Honours equivalence and documentation (e.g. copies of publications), see HDR - Candidate Recruitment, Admission and Enrolment Procedures.

After receiving an invitation to apply, the next step is finding a potential supervisor. You will need to obtain the supervisor’s confirmation in writing. A copy of email communications will be sufficient.

Check the projects and supervisors listed on the CDU Research web portal. Each researcher's profile indicates if the researcher is listed on our supervisor register and is eligible to supervise HDR applicants. Click on your specific research area from the left tabs on the web page to meet our supervisors.

 

Applications to CDU must be submitted online. The process is simple; all you need is a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started the application, you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

Higher Degree by Research degrees are categorised to either low-cost or high-cost fields of education.   These costs are determined upon approval for an offer of admission. Applicants can select either low-cost or high-cost during the application process. There is no difference in the entry requirements or documents required for a full application.

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Required documents 

The online application process allows you to attach the relevant documents to your application. Forms are listed below:

If you require further assistance, please contact CDU Global. 

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