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Higher Degree by Research

Apply for a Higher Degree by Research

Domestic students

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master’s by Research (MRes) are the highest tertiary qualification in Australia, Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Levels 9 and 10.

Candidates are expected to carry out their research with some autonomy and to demonstrate an original and critical research project, resulting in a thesis which makes a significant contribution to existing knowledge in their field of research both nationally and internationally.

Candidates will be mentored by a specialist academic supervisory team throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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

  • a Bachelor Honours degree with first class or second class honours division A
  • a Masters qualification which contains a substantial research component.

Please note research experience in the form of publications or creative outputs may be used to increase an honours score or honours equivalency—contact the HDR Team for further guidance.

Masters by Research (MRes)

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

  • a Bachelor Honours degree with first class or second class honours
  • a Masters by Coursework or Extended Masters which contains a substantial research component.

Please note research experience in the form of publications or creative outputs may be used to increase an honours score or honours equivalency—contact the HDR Team for further guidance.

How to apply

1. Check your eligibility

To decide which applicants to accept, the University considers the academic qualifications, research experience, and other characteristics of the candidate and research proposal. 

The following table presents more information about eligibility.  Typically, applicants tend to be eligible to enrol in a:

  • PhD if they have completed at least one semester of research activity at an Honours or Masters level and achieved a distinction average--or completed equivalent activity
  • Masters by Research if they have completed at least half a semester of research activity at an Honours or Masters level--or completed equivalent activity
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Specifies in detail how the University evaluates who is eligible
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2. Find an available project and identify potential supervisors

This is a very crucial step before applying for a research degree at CDU. After you have clarified your research field and topic, you need to find an academic at CDU who is willing to supervise your work.  Once you’ve agreed to work together, your supervisor will need to provide confirmation in writing. Browse potential supervisors and project options below.

3. Identify financial support for your research degrees

Financial support for research degrees, including scholarships for living expenses (often called a stipend) and a tuition fee offset, enables you to focus full-time on your research project.

CDU offers a number of different competitive scholarship schemes for domestic research students. To find out more about these scholarships, or to apply for a research scholarship, please visit the CDU Research Scholarship page

For external scholarship opportunities, please visit the Scholarship Finder page.

You can also contact our Scholarships team for enquiries regarding CDU external scholarships.

4. Submit Your Application

Fill out and submit the online HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application.

Fill out the HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application

Project and supervision

To guide you through your candidature, you will need a panel of supervisors including a Principal Supervisor with compatible research interests to your intended project.

Once you’ve agreed to work together, your supervisor will need to provide confirmation in writing.

Available Research Projects

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Research Opportunities with the Asia Pacific College of Business and Law (APCBL)

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Research Opportunities the College of Engineering, IT & Environment/ RIEL

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Research Opportunities with Menzies School of Health Research

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Research Opportunities with the College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts and the Northern Institute

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Research Opportunities with the College of Nursing & Midwifery

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Research Opportunities with the College of Health & Human Sciences

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Find researchers from related fields 

You can use the Find Your Supervsior or the researchers portal to find researchers from related fields. 

Use one or two keywords to narrow down the list of researchers.    

Each research profile will indicate if the researcher has the capacity to supervise. 

Once you've found a suitable supervisor, you can contact them using the CDU directory.

Research scholarship round for Domestic applicants to enrol in Semester 2 closes on 20 May 2022. Apply today.

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Higher Degree by Research scholarships

We offer a variety of research scholarships to assist you throughout your program. Find out what we have on offer and how to apply. 

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Need to find external scholarships?

CDU is committed to providing opportunities to students through our scholarship program. Scholarships are open to students currently enrolled at CDU.