How to Apply for a Research Higher Degree

With CQUniversity, you can undertake a Research Higher Degree by applying for a current or upcoming project, or proposing your own research project in collaboration with a supervisor. Through this process, you’ll develop and submit a Preliminary Proposal before being invited to submit a full application.

At the preliminary proposal stage, you will be required to provide information about your preferred research topic, as well as your current CV (curriculum vitae). You’ll also need to indicate your proposed fields of research (FOR statistical classifications), as per the list in the Research Higher Degrees course guide.

Submit your preliminary proposal online via either the international or domestic student process outlined on this page.

Your preliminary proposal will be received by the School of Graduate Research team and directed on to the relevant academic School for review and identification of available supervisors. You may be contacted directly by a potential supervisor to discuss your proposed topic. If your preliminary proposal is accepted, you will be invited to prepare a full research proposal in collaboration with your nominated supervisory team.

The full research proposal describes your chosen area of study, identifies a research area and/or research question, clarifies its importance and provides an outline of your research approach. Your research question will form the basis of your activities for the full duration of your degree, so it is important that you consult a wide variety of resources before selecting a topic that fits with your research interests and passion.

For more details on CQUniversity’s research higher degree selection and offer process, please consult the Research Higher Degrees course guide.

Submitting your Preliminary Proposal

Domestic Students

You can apply to study a Research Higher Degree by visiting the CQUni Handbook :

  1. Visit the Handbook through the button below
  2. Enter the name of the Course you wish to study into the search field
  3. Select the Apply Now button.

Domestic Applications

International Students

International students can apply to study a Research Higher Degree by visiting the CQUni International webpage.

International Applications

Need Help?

For help submitting your application, contact our Student Advice team by calling 13 27 86 or email us via the Ask A Question form. To discuss Research Higher Degrees at CQUniversity, contact the School of Graduate Research.


If you don’t yet meet the admissions requirements for a Research Higher Degree, our Graduate Certificate in Research can provide an alternative pathway for you to reach your research goals. Find out more at the course page.

As a Research Higher Degree candidate at CQUniversity, you may be entitled to a range of stipends and scholarships, as well as training and other study support. Find out more at the Research Higher Degrees Fees and Support page.

Your full application will need to pass through a few approval steps before a final outcome is available. You should receive an outcome within 14 days of submitting your full application (Research Proposal). Your outcome advice will be sent to you via email to your nominated email address.

Your outcome will contain an offer of admission/candidature. Please ensure that you follow the instructions to accept your offer, as this is the final step of your application and enrolment.