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Postgraduate research

Challenge your thinking

Undertake in-depth research in an area you're passionate about with the guidance of some of the world’s brightest and most accomplished academics.

Course options

The PhD is our premier research award and the highest qualification on the Australian Qualifications Framework:

A professional doctorate is designed to respond to the rapid changes taking place in professional workplaces that create demands on industry professionals to upgrade their qualifcations:

A master's degree by research is the second-highest qualification on the Australian Qualifications Framework and can be a pathway to study at a PhD level: 

Our specialisations:

  • Anthropology
  • Arabic Language and Cultures
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Celtic Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Cultures
  • Economics
  • English
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies
  • Gender and Cultural Studies
  • Germanic Studies
  • Government and International Relations
  • Graduate School of Government
  • Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies
  • History
  • Indian Subcontinental Studies
  • International and Comparative Literary Studies
  • International Security
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Communications
  • Medieval Studies
  • Modern Greek
  • Museum and Heritage Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Economy
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology and Social Policy
  • South East Asian Studies
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Studies in Religion
  • Theatre and Performance Studies
  • US Studies
  • Educational History, Sociology and Philosophy
  • Educational Systems: Administration, Management and Leadership
  • Health and Sport
  • Learning Sciences: Psychology of Education
  • Research on Teaching and Learning
  • Social Structures, Inequalities and Social Justice
  • Social Work and Social Policy
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

To support the research capabilities and success of HDR students, and in response to a changing world, we are introducing a new coursework component to our PhD degrees and broadening the coursework options for our other postgraduate research degrees.

You will have the opportunity to create a distinct research pathway by selecting from 270+ units from any faculty – a first of its kind in Australia – with study areas ranging from specialist analytical methods and professional engagement courses, to discipline-specific subjects.

Application deadlines - We accept applications for higher degree by research all year round. There are four research periods each year when you can start your study with us.

Higher Degree Research fees - Learn more about tuition fees and scholarship opportunities for domestic and international students

How to apply - Find out how to apply for a postgraduate research degree