UQRCS supports candidates interested in applying for a Higher degree by research (HDR) through UQRCS, either PhD or Masters of Philosophy (MPhil). Associate Professor Matthew McGrail is UQRCS contact who can assist with your queries.

You may also like to visit our Research staff page and check out staff profiles as we have an experienced team of potential supervisors.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD is one of the highest degrees that can be awarded. It is an advanced academic qualification seen as a requirement for the majority of academic and research positions in a wide range of fields and industries. The aim of the PhD is to foster the development of independent research skills. These skills include 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 in a relevant disciplinary area.

Duration: 3-4 years full-time or 6-7 years part-time

Students are required to produce a thesis of no more than 80,000 words, with the research representing a significant new contribution to the discipline.

Entry requirements

Check your eligibility

The requirements for a PhD, applicants must provide evidence of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least honours class IIA or equivalent from approved universities, which includes a relevant research component; or
  • A research master’s degree; or
  • A coursework master’s degree and an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.65 on the 7-point UQ scale, which includes a relevant research component; or
  • A postgraduate degree of at least one year full-time equivalent with an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.0 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with demonstrated research experience equivalent to honours IIA will be considered for PhD entry on a case by case basis; or
  • A bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of documented relevant research experience, including research publications.

For those who don't quite fit any of eligibility standards, we strongly encourage consideration of a Masters pathway which can allow transition into a PhD. 

Applicants with overseas qualifications should refer to the GPA equivalency table.

English language proficiency requirements apply.

Find and contact a supervisor

UQRCS has an experienced team of researchers and potential supervisors, further information please see the staff profile page.

Prepare your application

Further information about preparing your application can be found here.  

Apply online

If you wish to be considered for a UQ competitive, merit-based stipend scholarship simply indicate this on the application form.

Please check UQ scholarship round application deadlines and outcome dates before applying. 

To apply online visit this website

Masters of Philosophy (MPhil)

Masters of Philosophy (MPhil)

An MPhil is an internationally recognised postgraduate research degree that involves undertaking a significant research project. The MPhil program provides students with an opportunity to develop and enhance analytical and research skills through independent investigation in a specific field. Many MPhil students elect to transition into a PhD. 

Duration: 1.5-2 years (full time)

Students are required to produce a thesis of no more than 40,000 words that demonstrates their capacity for critical analysis and application of specialist knowledge.

Entry requirements

The requirements for an MPhil, applicants must provide evidence of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree with honours class IIB or better from approved universities, which includes relevant experience; or
  • A postgraduate degree of at least one year full-time equivalent and an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.0 on the 7-point UQ scale, which includes relevant experience; or
  • A bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of documented relevant experience; or
  • Evidence of other qualifications and/or experience to satisfy the Dean that the applicant is suitably qualified for admission

Applicants with overseas qualifications should refer to the GPA equivalency table.

English language proficiency requirements apply.

To apply online visit this website