Master by Research (Offshore) - CD85

The Master by Research (Offshore) provides you with the opportunity to study for a research masters, recognised within the Australian Qualification Framework, whilst remaining in your home country for a substantive part of the degree.






2 years full-time, 4 years part-time




As per the Research Higher Degrees (Offshore) Course Rules policy and procedure.

The Master by Research (Offshore) provides you with the opportunity to study for a research masters degree, recognised within the Australian Qualification Framework, whilst remaining in your home country for a substantive part of the degree. This course is comprised of an independent research study and thesis, overseen by academic supervisors, and is limited to high-quality applicants wishing to pursue research in particular discipline areas. For fully offshore candidates, periods of short-term visitation in Australia will be required during this degree, and travel support is available to facilitate such visits. For candidates undertaking this course under a co-tutelle model, an extended period of study within Australia will be required, typically lasting at least six months or more.

The Research Higher Degrees Course Guide provides detailed information about eligibility, benefits provided by CQUniversity, and the application, selection and offer process. The Research Higher Degree Flyer provides detail on Offshore Research for international students at CQUniversity.

Core Units 2 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None


For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

CQUniversity's research focus and engaged research agenda are already making positive impacts on individuals, communities and industries across the world. In coming years, this impact will continue to grow, expanding into new focus areas and transforming the way we think about current challenges. The University's research impact is apparent in improved industry processes, regional and economic development, business improvement, productivity and innovation, social advancement and equity and healthier communities.

CQUniversity's research agenda is built around deep engagement with communities, industries and government. The focus is firmly placed on the delivery of research that is especially relevant to the Northern Australia region. To deliver great research that is meaningful and relevant, researchers work directly with stakeholders to identify challenges and deliver solutions. End users are involved throughout our research projects. This approach ensures CQUniversity's research delivers direct benefit and long-lasting impact.

CQUniversity has two research institutes – The Appleton Institute and the Institute for Future Farming Systems – and seven research centres including The Centre of Indigenous Health Equity Research, Centre for Intelligent

Systems, Centre for Railway Engineering, Centre for Research in Equity and Advancement of Teaching and Education, Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chains, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research and the Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre.


Our focus has been to emphasise research with relevance to the region, involving aspects of regional development, growth in resource industries, environmental management, issues associated with quality health care in rural and regional communities, and education delivery specifically through use of modern technology.

Discover our research strengths at CQUni.


Every offshore research higher degree candidate is eligible for direct funding support to underpin project activities, conference attendance and travel to CQUniversity Australian campus (as per the course requirements).

Project support is offered as assistance for meeting the direct costs of research, including laboratory, fieldwork and data collection costs, travel for supervision visits, open access publishing fees and other items.

Conference support is offered to active candidates who are presenting their work as a CQUniversity representative at an academic event.

Visitation funds are intended to facilitate a minimum of two visits to Australia (or other agreed location) to satisfy the academic requirements of the offshore degree. This may be timed to include attendance at a RHD Intensive training event.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 3 - 2022Available Online
Term 3 - 2023Available Online

IELTS Academic: 6.5 with no individual band score of less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet-based: Overall score of 79 with no score less than 21

Pearson Test of English Academic: Overall score of 62 with no score less than 54

Entry into the Master by Research (Offshore) will require applicants to meet the admissions criteria outlined in the Research Higher Degrees (Offshore) Course Rules policy and procedure.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

As per the Research Higher Degrees (Offshore) Course Rules policy and procedure.

The Master by Research (Offshore) provides graduates with an internationally recognised degree through the Australian Qualifications Framework. Graduates will be able to secure professional roles in academia, research centres, institutes and institutions, or in broader business and industry.

Please refer to our international course fees page.

Pursuing your research higher degree at CQUniversity is more affordable than you think. You can benefit from a range of stipends and scholarships, as well as access to training and other study resources. Visit our research for international students for more information.

Scholarships are not applicable for this course.

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.

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I found CQU’s research activities to be world-class with highly equipped laboratories and renowned faculty members. It’s a lifetime experience to study and learn from this renowned University.

Richa Neupane

Master of Applied Science

This course has been an unforgettable experience and has prepared me for my PhD. I met new friends from many countries and we shared our ideas together. I also met teachers who guided and supported me — they are all dedicated people.

Febria Artika

Graduate Certificate in Research