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Higher Degree by Research

Choose CDU for your research degree
  • Top 200 university for research and community impact

    According to the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019

  • 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

  • Health Science PhD candidate Tim Howarth

    Our PhD program equips you to undertake independent research in your area of study.

    Under the supervision of one of our leading researchers, pursue research that demonstrates a significant and original contribution to knowledge in your field.

    Work alongside CDU researchers who are recognised nationally and internationally for their research excellence.

    You will be supported throughout your candidature and publish research that will add value to our community and the world.

    What's involved in a PhD?

    Offering

    PhDs can be undertaken at all CDU Colleges and the Menzies School of Health Research.

    Duration

    The minimum period of candidature for a full-time candidate is two (2) years from the date of commencement and four (4) years for a part-time candidate.

    The maximum period of candidature for a full-time candidate is four (4) years from the date of commencement and eight (8) years from the date of commencement for a part-time candidate.

    Commitment

    Full-time: Minimum commitment of 35 to 40 hours per week.

    Part-time: Minimum commitment of 15 hours per week.

    Assessment

    A thesis of no more than 100,000 words.

  • RIEL researchers

    As a Master by Research student at CDU, you’ll represent some of Australia's best and brightest minds.

    A Masters by Research (MRes) requires completion of an original piece of research that makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the candidate's field of research.

    Study and work in the context of our regional focus, which prioritises the complex issues facing Northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

    What's involved in an MRes?

    Offering

    MRes can be undertaken at all CDU Colleges and the Menzies School of Health Research.

    Duration

    The minimum period of candidature for a full-time candidate is one (1) year from the date of commencement, and two (2) years for a part-time candidate.

    The maximum period of candidature for a full-time candidate is two (2) years from the date of commencement and four (4) years for a part-time candidate.

    Commitment

    Full-time: Minimum commitment of 35 to 40 hours per week

    Part-time: Minimum commitment of 15 hours per week.

    Assessment

    A thesis of no more than 50,000 words.

     

Your research degree questions answered

  • To study a research degree, you must hold either a Bachelor Honours degree or a Master degree with substantial research component.

    If you hold neither of these, an undergraduate or postgraduate course may be more suitable.

    Explore courses at CDU.

  • Before you apply to study a research degree at CDU, you will need to develop a research project and find a supervisor.

    Most research students at CDU start by developing and proposing their own research topic and then approaching a supervisor in this field of interest. 

    Sometimes there are existing research projects underway that you can join. Use the research areas listed above to view available opportunities.

    The Charles Darwin International PhD Scholars (CDIPS) scheme lists funded research projects available to international students.

  • As part of your application to study a higher degree by research at CDU, you’ll need to find a supervisor for your project. The supervisor must hold research interests that are aligned to your intended research project.

    The first step is to identify your research field and then explore the profiles of CDU’s research supervisors. Once you’ve identified possible supervisors, you’ll need to contact them directly to discuss your topic and the opportunities to work together. Finding the right research supervisor is critical to your success.

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

    Read our tips on how to find the right research supervisor.

  • The fees associated with a research degree will depend on whether you are a domestic or international student.

    Domestic students

    Domestic students incur no fees, as these are covered by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. You may also be eligible for an extra stipend payment to assist with your living costs while you complete your research project. Learn more about domestic scholarships.

    International students

    International students do have to pay fees to undertake a research degree at CDU, however scholarships are available to reduce these fees. Learn more about international scholarships.

  •  Domestic students

    1. Check the entry requirements

    There are two types of research degrees. Check the entry requirements for your preferred course, which usually relate to the existing degrees you already hold.

    See the domestic entry requirements.

    2. Find a project and supervisor

    If you meet the entry requirements, you can begin looking for a project and supervisor.

    Get some tips on how to find a supervisor.

    3. Lodge your Higher Degree by Research application

    Complete the application form, gather your supporting documents and lodge your application to study a higher degree by research at CDU.

     

    International students

    International application information.

  • The main difference between a PhD and MRes is the duration of study and the length of your thesis.

     

    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

    35 to 40 hours per week for a full-time student.

    15 hours per week for a part-time student.

    35 to 40 hours per week for a full-time student.

    15 hours per week for a part-time student.

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