A higher degree by research (HDR) involves in-depth study and a commitment to understand existing information or to develop new data or ideas.

Our Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy programs require you to think about and investigate your chosen area in great depth. The processes and research you conduct will result in new knowledge that you can contribute to this field of thought.

    Cross-disciplinary environment

    Our internationally recognised researchers and strong industry links will help you develop both pure and applied projects.

    Our close-knit, collegial environment provides a broad cross-disciplinary research experience, and you will have frequent opportunities for fieldwork both locally and abroad.

    Application process

    The first step in the application process is to contact a possible supervisor. Please see UQ Researchers to help locate supervisors with research interests similar to your own. Many staff have ‘available projects’ listed.  You will need to send them your:

    • CV
    • degree transcripts
    • an outline of your proposed research, or a summary of why you would be suitable for one of their preferred projects.

    Once you have confirmed your project ideas with a supervisor please contact our HDR office for advice on submitting your application.


    Higher degree by research projects

    Visit our research projects page to see the current research projects being undertaken by our students.

    Current higher degree by research students

    Visit our People pages to see our cohort of current higher degree by research students.

    Higher degree by research student support

    Scholarships and prizes

    See the range of research scholarships and prizes available to HDR students who are enrolled in our School.

    The Graduate School lists Information on University tuition fee and living allowance scholarships, including the deadlines for applying.

    Research expertise and impacts

    Read more about our research expertise and impacts.

    Contact us

    For more information about the application process, or to discuss a potential project, email our HDR support team.

    Watch our videos

    Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes on the importance of teamwork and collaboration in HDR studies (Vimeo, 1m:17s)

    Professor Stuart Phinn's tailored approach to developing HDR student's skills in Earth observation science (Vimeo, 1m:28s)