All international students must meet English language requirements to be eligible for entry into a research program.

A higher degree by research program is suitable for someone who has completed a previous degree, often with a research component.  Note that eligibility for entry into a research degree does not guarantee that you will be offered a place, or that you will be offered a scholarship.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Admission requires applicants to hold or be eligible to hold:

  • an Honours degree or a Bachelor degree with Honours of at least class 2a standard in an appropriate discipline; or
  • an appropriate Masters degree; or
  • satisfy the Dean of Research that their previous education, relevant professional experience and published research work is of sufficient quality and relevance to prepare the applicant for a research degree

Masters by Research

Admission requires applicants to hold or be eligible to hold:

  • an Honours degree or a Bachelor degree with honours; or
  • a relevant Bachelor degree (or equivalent) of at least 3 years with a minimum credit average; or
  • an appropriate Masters degree; or
  • satisfy the Dean of Research that their previous education, relevant professional experience and published research work is of sufficient quality and relevance to prepare the applicant for a research degree

Doctor of Philosophy (by Portfolio of Publications)

Generally applicants for this degree should have produced research of international standing in their respective fields on the basis of their ongoing record of academic publication, and should not already hold a PhD. View the full admission criteria.

Professional Doctorate by Research

Generally applicants for this degree should meet the requirements for entry to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and normally show that they have at least 5 years experience of practice in their relevant field, normally within the last 10 years. View the full admission criteria.

Please refer to the Academic regulations for Higher Degrees by Research for more information.


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