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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

  • 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.

  • 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.


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.


Apply

The domestic application pack contains all the forms you need to lodge your Higher Degree by Research application.

Access the domestic application pack