Applying for RHD

CQUniversity Australia offers a range of Research Higher Degree programs to meet your needs.

Unlike coursework study, a Research Higher Degree typically does not follow a structure of lectures, tutorials, assessment items and examinations. A research higher degree is a program of supervised research and study leading to the preparation and submission of a thesis.

An application for Admission to a Research Higher Degree at CQUniversity may be submitted at any time throughout the year.


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.