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.

    How to apply

    For information on how to apply, visit the UQ Graduate School's apply now page.

    Applications can take between 6 and 12 weeks to process, depending on individual circumstances. Once you have secured a supervisor, you'll need to submit an application along with a completed project form.

    To avoid disappointment or delays, ensure that you submit all the appropriate documentation.


    Higher degree by research projects

    Visit our research projects page to see the range of available projects, and to read about the current work that our students are engaged in.

    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.

    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.