Research degrees

Doctor of Philosophy

A PhD challenges you to make a significant contribution to new knowledge in your field. It also inspires collaborative thinking, innovative approaches and authentic learning.

Learn more about our PhD

Master of Philosophy

Our unique research masters degree recognises students' diverse professional and technical backgrounds and provides an individualised approach to research education.

Learn more about our Master of Philosophy

Professional doctorate

Integrate a research degree into your professional life and make a contribution to solving a problem in your industry.

Learn more about our professional doctorates

Our research education difference

Prepare for your future career through a personalised learning journey, taking into account your existing professional experiences and skills.

With access to advanced technology, opportunities for international experience, and a focus on transdisciplinary research, our training environment is truly transformative.

Research training and development


Develop advanced discipline-specific knowledge. Learn how to apply critical and creative thinking. Investigate new practices that will progress inquiry.


Cultivate professional skills. Learn management practices. Build relevant experience that you can transfer to your future career.


Get authentic industry experience. Learn to work with others from different disciplines. Problem solve with an end-user and innovation focus.

Find a supervisor and research topic

We recommend that you discuss your research interests with your proposed supervisor early in the application process. You can search for a supervisor using our experts database.

As part of your application, you must propose a research topic and develop a research proposal. You can search our student topics database for available research projects or propose your own research topic. You may ask a supervisor to help you identify or refine a research topic.

If your Expression of Interest is approved you will be invited to develop and submit a research proposal as the final step of your application.

Find a supervisor

Find a research topic

Submit your Expression of Interest

If you've completed steps 1 to 5 above, you're ready to submit your Expression of Interest.

Submit your Expression of Interest

Submit your application

Australian and New Zealand students

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, you can apply online. You can save your application and return to it at any time.

Start your application

International students

If you're an international student, you need to download the application form and email a completed copy to

Download application form (PDF file, 374.5 KB)

What happens next?

Already submitted your Expression of Interest or application? Find out what happens next, including important information for international students.

Find out what happens next

Funding and support

Funding your research degree

Tuition fees for your degree, and ways to cover your living expenses.

Learn more about how to fund your research degree

Supporting your research journey

Support means more than money. Find out how our facilities and services will get you ready for your research career.

Learn more about other support available

e-Grad School (Australia)

The e-Grad School (Australia) is a virtual graduate school managed by QUT which supports the development of generic professional skills in Higher Degree Research (PhD and Masters by Research) students during their research degree candidature.

The training is provided to research students via short, fully online, flexible and easily accessible modules.

Explore the e-Grad School
Professor Louise Hafner Bishop

Support for researchers

QUT’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) provides advice, infrastructure and tools to make our researchers’ findings accessible to the world.

In 2003 QUT developed the world’s first institutional open access policy. QUT ePrints, our institutional repository, showcases the research output of QUT staff and postgraduate students.

The OSC has an Advisory Group chaired by Professor Louise Hafner Bishop.

Contact us

If you've got questions about the best options for your research study, contact us today.