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Choose CDU for your research degrees
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education

    According to the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2021

  • Be supported by a research scholarship

    Available to domestic and international students

  • An elite 'Rising Star' challenger university in the Class of 2030

    According to Times Higher Education

Research degrees

Charles Darwin University offers a range of Higher Degrees by Research for graduates, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master by Research (MRes). We deliver high-quality research training for emerging scholars to undertake independent research in your area of study.

PhDs and MRes can be undertaken at all CDU Colleges and the Menzies School of Health Research. Study and work in the context of our regional focus, which prioritises the complex issues facing Northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

 

PhD and MRes at Charles Darwin University

The main difference between a PhD and MRes is the duration of the study, length of the thesis, and level of originality.

 

Doctor of Philosophy

Master by Research

Minimum duration

Two years full-time or four years part-time.

One year full-time or two years part-time.

Maximum duration

Four years full-time or eight years part-time, from your start date.

Two years full-time or four years part-time, from your start date.

Thesis length

Maximum of 100,000 words.

Maximum of 50,000 words.

Time commitment

40 hours per week for a full-time student.

20 hours per week for a part-time student.

40 hours per week for a full-time student.

20 hours per week for a part-time student.

What is the cost of a research degree?

Domestic students

Domestic candidates incur no fees if they complete their degree within the allocated time. Candidates may also be eligible to receive a living allowance, often worth about $28 700, while they complete the research project. Learn more about domestic scholarships.

International students

International candidates often pay fees to undertake a research degree at CDU.  However, if their record is especially strong, they might receive a fee waiver or even an additional living allowance, often worth about $28 700, while they complete the research project.  Learn more about international scholarships.

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