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Research Higher Degrees

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

Unlike coursework study, a Research Higher Degree 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.

Masters by Research

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

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) courses 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)

Doctor of Education (EdD) 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 research tasks and a thesis component. It is particularly well suited to those people who are already teaching in the education and training sector but desire new skills and the opportunity to create new knowledge in their field.

Doctor of Professional Studies (DProfSt)

Doctor of Professional Studies (DProfSt)
The Doctor of Professional Studies is a research higher degree designed to produce innovation in commercial, government, educational and other applied settings. The course allows you to undertake applied research that is directly relevant to business and industry settings, compared with the more ‘theoretical’ research work found in the traditional PhD.  This course will suit you if you have industry experience but have had less exposure to academic research settings.  The course includes a series of structured research tasks followed by a research project with a thesis component.