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Research Higher Degrees

At CQUniversity we know that research is about new ideas, understanding the world around us and shaping the future. If you’re passionate about a topic you’d like to explore further, we can help you turn that passion into a research project that can make a difference.

Whether you come from an academic, government or industry/practitioner background, a Research Higher Degree (RHD) from CQUniversity will provide you with the opportunity to develop and consolidate your research skills, and apply them in practical, real-world settings.

With a focus on applied research in our local communities, we’re proud to be delivering research with real world outcomes. With ratings at above and well above world standards across various research categories, rest assured you’ll be a part of a strong and reputable research community.

Plus, you’ll benefit from the flexibility of choosing to study when and how you like – online or at one of many regional and metropolitan locations across Australia, full or part time. What’s more, available scholarships could cover the cost of your tuition and living expenses.

Explore our range of masters and doctoral research options by clicking on the headings below or discover our variety of current research projects and be inspired to start your own.

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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)

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.