PhD and Master by Research courses

Charles Darwin University (CDU) offers students the opportunity to undertake one-year or three-year full time study in key areas. With opportunities to undertake dual or joint degrees through partnership arrangements to ensure students have access to the supervision panel that will challenge and support them.

Northern Institute Higher Degree Research (HDR) students undertake research in research topics of importance to their own work and plans. HDR students work with supervisory teams, led by key researchers to develop their thinking and undertake research that not only builds their research skills but also explores issues critical to their context.

HDR students also receive additional support through the range of programs for students available across CDU.



CDU offers a number of prestigious domestic and international scholarships to students every year. These scholarships can assist with fees, living and study expenses. There also a number of external scholarships students can apply for. Further information is available at: 

Higher Degree by Research Student Network

At the Northern Institute, we invite HDR students to participate in the NI Research Student Network where students can share their experiences and profile with an international audience, find information, build their skills in articulating elements of their research in a supportive academic environment, access leading academics and help identify ways the Northern Institute can support students better.

NI’s HDR Student Network offers support for students outside the standard supervisory relationship. The overall aims are to make the Network and its facilitator easily accessible for students; to intervene in students’ candidature experiences in creative ways; and to keep them engaged institutionally, as well as academically through their supervisory arrangements.


Prospective CDU Students

Current CDU Students