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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander higher degree by research applicants

Your journey into research at UQ starts here.

Why study a higher degree by research (HDR) with us?

Gain expertise

Build your skill base and make change in your chosen field.

Make a contribution

Be part of Indigenous voices in academia and contribute to research methodologies.

Increase your skillset

Enhance your career prospects in industry or academia.

Are you eligible?

We recognise that you may have work or educational experience that make you suitable for a HDR.

If you have any of the below we encourage you to apply.  

Work experience

Work experience at a senior level of at least 5 years with evidence that you've:

  • planned and executed a project
  • produced high level written reports
  • worked with a high level of independence.

Bachelor’s degree and work experience

A bachelor’s degree and work experience of at least 2 years with evidence that you've:

  • planned and executed a project
  • worked with a high level of independence.

Bachelor’s degree with honours

A bachelor’s degree with honours from approved universities, which should include a relevant research component.

Work experience and a Graduate Certificate

At least 2 years’ work experience in your proposed field of study and a supporting Graduate Certificate.

Program eligibility criteria

You're also able to apply if you meet any of the other entry criteria outlined under the HDR program entry requirements. 

View programs and eligibility criteria 

Alternative offers

Your application will be assessed against the specific program criteria, however, you may be provided an alternative offer depending on your qualifications and experience.

If you've applied for a PhD, but have been offered entry in to a MPhil you may be able to transfer to a PhD at a later date, dependent on the successful completion of key milestones.

Find your research degree

To discover more about our HDRs, explore our programs. 

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.

Get support

Your time at UQ will offer you support to excel. From scholarships to application support, we're here to help. 

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Scholarships

Find a scholarship to support you. In addition to tuition scholarship, you'll get a $39K living stipend each year. 

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Application support

We can help you with your application or any questions you may have about research at UQ. 

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Pathways to research

Read the stories and experiences of fellow Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander HDR students.