Research degrees for tomorrow's leaders

A higher degree by research (HDR) involves the capacity to formulate a significant problem, to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge.

Our Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy programs allow you to investigate your chosen area in great depth by producing new knowledge and expertise that is innovative, relevant and progressive. Enrolling through The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences provides you access to our collegial, cross-disciplinary environment, internationally recognised researchers and their strong links to industry partners, and unique opportunities for fieldwork both locally and abroad. Read more about our research expertise and impacts.

Watch our videos

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 candidate's skills in Earth observation science (Vimeo, 1m:28s)

Our HDR cohort

We are proud of our HDR cohort and the work they are producing. Please visit our people and research pages to see our cohort of current higher degree by research candidates and their projects.

Application process

The first step in the application process is to contact a possible Principal Advisor. Please see UQ Researchers to help locate an advisor 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 an advisor please follow these steps on how to apply. In addition, you will need to complete and upload the Project Description and Costs Form (DOCX, 90.8 KB) along with other documentation when applying.