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Higher degree by research admissions

Stand at the frontiers of knowledge with a PhD, MPhil or professional doctorate.

How to apply for a PhD, MPhil or professional doctorate

There are 4 steps to applying for your program. We recommend viewing the program page for specific application requirements. 

Browse scholarships

Browse all HDR scholarships to see what's available.

Find a supervisor

Find a supervisor in your field, and speak with them about your project.

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Prepare your documents

What you need to provide depends on the program and the scholarship.

Apply online

Start your application for a program and a scholarship. Save for later if you need to.

 

Ready to apply?

Select your chosen research program to view specific application information.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Supported by your advisory team, you will undertake a research project, produce an 80,000-word thesis and complete an oral examination.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Supported by your advisory team, you will undertake a research project, produce a 40,000-word thesis and complete an oral examination.

Doctor of Biotechnology

Doctor of Biotechnology

This program is for scientists who are interested in the technical, legal, and business aspects of biotechnology and research ventures.

Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science

Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science

This residency program is designed for already qualified veterinarians. Successful applicants receive a $45,000 tax free living stipend.

Need help? Watch what you need to do – step by step

This video helps you learn how to apply, including how to submit your documents.