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How to apply

How to apply

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.

Step 1 - Select your Research Higher Degree program

Browse the links below for further information about the entry requirements for each program.

Masters by Research

The Masters by Research programs are based on research by the candidate, carried out under supervision across any of the University's Schools in the Higher Education Division. The following Masters by Research programs are available at CQUniversity:

Master of Applied Science

Master of Arts

Master of Engineering

Master of Education

Master of Business

Master of Health Science

Master of Informatics

Master of Communication

Master of Human Movement Science

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy programs may be undertaken in any area in which supervisory expertise and appropriate infrastructure are available. The PhD is awarded on the basis of a thesis prepared under supervision that makes an original, significant and extensive contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant field of study, as judged by independent experts applying accepted contemporary international standards.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The Doctor of Education is a professionally based research higher degree available through the University  as an alternative to the traditional research programs. It offers a rigorous program combining structured advanced research tasks and a thesis component.

Doctor of Professional Studies (D.Prof)

The Doctor of Professional Studies is an internationally recognised higher research degree designed to produce innovation in commercial, government, educational and other applied settings. Whereas the PhD, EdD and other 'professional' doctorates are single-discipline based, the CQUniversity Doctor of Professional Studies is explicitly transdisciplinary to reflect the way research is carried out in industry and government.

The Doctor of Professional Studies is a challenging, real-world alternative to theoretical doctoral programs but with the same standard of academic rigour. Doctor of Professional Studies candidates attend CQUniversity Sydney for all coursework and support seminars. The campus is located in the heart of the city and offers a multicultural teaching and learning experience so that all students have the opportunity to develop skills and networks engendered by a 'global village' learning and working environment.

Doctor of Philosophy
- Business, Informatics
- Arts, Humanities, Education
- Science, Engineering, Health

Doctor of Education

Doctor of Professional Studies

Step 2 - Find a Supervisor

A Research Higher Degree candidate shall be guided by a Supervisory Panel which shall consist of a Principal Supervisor, and one or more Associate Supervisors.

The Principal Supervisor's role is to:

  • Help you prepare your research proposal, which must be included with your Application for Admission; and
  • Guide you through your Research Higher Degree by providing advice and direction.

Browse your research Area of Interest

Browse here for further information about each of CQUniversity's Schools

Step 3 - Prepare your Application for Admission and Research Proposal

Australian Citizens and Permanent Resident Applicants

Are you seeking to transfer your Research Higher Degree studies from another university to CQUniversity?

Australian citizens or Permanent residents who are seeking to transfer from another Australian university may continue their research higher degree program with prior load consideration (subject to approval of Admission to CQUniversity).

Please append an Application to Transfer to your Application for Admission to CQUniversity

International Applicants (all applicants who are not Australian or New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia)

Applications for Admission by International candidates are received through the International Office.  The staff there can advise you of the necessary documentation that you will need to lodge to accompany your application for admission.  This may include a financial declaration and a study statement that describes your motivation to study in Australia and career intentions following graduation.

International candidates should read the information available at Apply

Applications for Admission for International candidates are submitted online, through the International Application Portal

Please note: it will normally take around 30 days to process an Application for Admission.  An Offer of Admission will be forwarded to successful applicants by mail and email.

Step 4 - Fees and Scholarships


Australian citizens and Permanent Residents undertaking a Research Higher Degree at CQUniversity may be eligible for allocation of a Commonwealth-funded tuition-fee-free Research Training Scheme (RTS) place.  There is no separate application process for accessing an RTS place.  The Office of Research Services can advise if you are an eligible applicant.  Please click here for more information about the Research Training Scheme.

All International students and those not eligible for an RTS place will be liable for tuition fees.  Please click here for further information about CQUniversity tuition fees.

All Research Higher Degree candidates are required to pay the CQUniversity Student Services Amenities Fee(SSAF) each half year.  Please click here for further information about SSAF.


View research scholarships.