Research Higher Degrees

We see you making a real difference and changing lives with our Research Higher Degrees. Turn your passion into a research project to advance your career and industry. With applications open year-round, there is no better time to study a Research Higher Degree and become a specialist in your field.

There has never been a more opportune time to embark on a Research Higher Degree. Australian students can now benefit from the Research Training Program, which typically exempts you from paying tuition fees (for the standard duration of the course).

Additionally, if you are seeking a pathway to your PhD, the Graduate Certificate in Research is currently being offered at a significantly discounted rate as it is now available as a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to pursue your academic ambitions and advance your research career.

Why Choose CQU

World-class research

in more than 20 fields

ERA National Report 2018-19


Focus on Impact

We focus on research that directly impacts the industries and communities we serve.

A World of Support

CQU offers a range of academic and financial support programs to help RHD candidates succeed.

  • Rufaida Zikria
    My supervisor is amazing and he has always been very highly professional, super motivating and he has always motivated me to come forward and share my ideas. The environment is so warm and so welcoming.

    Rufaida Zikria

    Master of Research (Civil Engineering)

We see you making a real difference and changing lives with our Research Higher Degrees


It fascinates you, inspires you and drives you.
It's a specific topic you want to explore deeply, an idea you want to develop, a problem you want to solve, or a career you want to excel in.
Maybe it's an opportunity to be recognised for research you've already done.
Whatever your reason for undertaking a research higher degree, CQUniversity can help you achieve it.
A CQUni research higher degree can help you make a positive impact in your chosen field.
We are deeply engaged with our community, and our applied research focuses on meeting the real needs of the industries and communities we work with to make a tangible difference.
CQUniversity has been recognised for world-class research in a range of areas, reflecting our focus on research facilities and personnel, innovative and engaged research strategy, and success in securing highly competitive, national research grants.
When you undertake a CQUniversity research higher degree, you'll be assigned experienced, dedicated supervisors to guide you through your research journey and help keep you on track, so you can deliver applied research with real outcomes.
You'll also become part of a supportive research community and gain access to project and conference funding and support to help you reach your research goals.
With CQUni, you don't have to leave home or your job to do your RHD.
You can study online or at one of our many locations around Australia, and you can do it full-time or part-time.
If you don't yet meet the entry requirements for an RHD, we can even put you on the pathway to your research destination with our Graduate Certificate in research.
So, whether your research dream lies in agriculture, horticulture, creative writing, environmental science, new technologies, innovative education, healthy behaviours, workforce development, or a plethora of other areas, CQUniversity, like you, knows that research changes lives.
Explore your options and submit your preliminary proposal to our research team.
Be what you want to be with CQUniversity.

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