CQUniversity has a commitment to excellence in research and innovation with a particular emphasis on issues that affect the region. CQUniversity achieves relevance in its research goals through linkages with industry, business, government and the community and through collaboration with national and international researchers and research networks.
Research degrees require you to undertake supervised research on a specific topic of interest. The choice of topic is varied. You can choose any area, provided the University confirms the topic is valid and we are able to provide suitable supervision and resources.
Your research will lead to the submission of a thesis which will be critically reviewed by an expert panel. This thesis must make a significant and original contribution to new knowledge. To assist in this, CQUniversity provides a range of exciting and relevant research opportunities for Masters and PhD candidates and is committed to excellence and quality in the research training experience of its candidates.
The following Research Higher Degrees are available:
At CQUniversity our research focus is in three priority areas that directly contribute to the support and revitalisation of community health, sustainability and education. The priority research areas are hosted within two institutes and supporting research centres and groups.
The Centre for Environmental Management (CEM) strives to achieve environmentally sustainable development in the dry tropics. It has six main fields of research: marine, coastal, terrestrial and freshwater ecology, environmental resource economics, ecotoxicology and some associated social studies.
The Centre for Railway Engineering (CRE) provides a focus for several engineering disciplines that apply to rail research. The CRE has expertise in train and wagon dynamics, simulation, structural fatigue, failure analysis, erosion control, driver advisory systems, condition monitoring and train control and brake systems.
The Centre for Plant and Water Sciences (CPWS) undertakes research, postgraduate training and undergraduate teaching in water and plant sciences. CPWS has a strong focus on the tropical environment given our geographic location, but undertakes research that is both nationally and internationally beneficial.
The Centre for Intelligent and Networked Systems (CINS) provides a focus for university research in the general area of intelligent and networked systems. It has four key research programs: agent-based systems, computational intelligence, data mining and networked systems.
The Power and Energy Centre (PEC) is looking to the future of electricity generation, transmission and distribution in its many forms. Research currently includes areas such as Smart Grid, renewable energy systems, power quality, electrical asset management as well as traditional generation, transmission and distribution systems.
The Business Research Group (BRG) is driven by industrial needs in securing access to adequate human and other resources, suppliers and new markets to remain competitive, including regional labour markets, workforce development and human resource management, regional business development, valuations and assessment of the impacts of the emission trading scheme.
Centre for Longitudinal and Preventative Health Research strives to provide an evidence-based platform for health intervention research in Central Queensland through studies that monitor health needs and outcomes.
The Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation evaluates clinical and behavioural health issues through the research and promotion of positive change as well as understanding the psycho-social, cultural and geographical contexts of health and health related behaviours.
The Centre for Physical Activity Studies (CPAS) primarily aims to advance the science of physical activity research by developing a range of ethical, evidence-based strategies to promote health and prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease through the adoption of healthier lifestyles and diet. CPAS currently hosts the nationally and internationally recognised 10,000 Steps program, funded by Queensland Health.
The Population Research Laboratory (PRL) has a diversifi ed portfolio of research projects that it has undertaken for university and non-university based researchers to enable decision making in the public and private sectors with specialisations in survey design, testing and evaluation, large-scale population-based CATI surveys, online surveys, focus groups and combined methodology research.
The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (CDFVR) aims to contribute to the prevention of domestic and family violence by informing, promoting and supporting the actions of individuals, communities, services and governments through state-wide leadership in research, professional development, education and community engagement.
Capricornia Centre for Mucosal Immunology (CCMI) investigates immunity to infections in the respiratory tract and middle ear. This program investigates complex host-pathegan interactions to better understand disease processes, which enable the development of more effective therapies, including the development of vaccines.