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Step 1: Entry requirements

Course entry requirements

Check your course information for full entry requirement details:

I don't meet the PhD requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements but still want to study a PhD, you can:

  • apply for a Master of Philosophy after discussing with your potential supervisor or faculty
  • discuss your previous experience and qualifications with your potential supervisor.

English language requirements

Depending on your previous experience and qualifications, you may need to meet English language requirements. You can find your English language requirements in your course information.

We accept test results from:

  • IELTS (Academic) (Overall score of 6.5, no sub-score less than 6)
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) (Overall score of 90, no sub-score less than 20)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) (Overall score of 64, no sub-score less than 58)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) (Overall score of 176, no sub-score less than 169)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Overall grade C1)

You must take your test no more than 2 years before the start of your course.

QUT IELTS Test Centre

If you are in Australia, you can complete the IELTS proficiency exam at our IELTS test centre.

If you are registering for a TOEFL test, you can organise to send your results directly to us. Our TOEFL institution code is 9778.

International students

We now assess the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirements for all international applicants as part of the Australian Government's simplified student visa framework (SSVF).

If you are self-funded, we may request additional information to help assess your eligibility.

Check if you need to use a QUT official representative (PDF file, 71.07 KB) to lodge your application. You can find a representative or agent online. Some agents may charge a fee.

Step 2: Research areas

You probably have a clear idea where your research interests lie.

Our research is conducted through our six faculties. Your proposed research project should align with one of their research focus areas.


Collaborate with government and industry to find innovative solutions that benefit business and community at a local, national and global level.

Explore areas like:

  • accountability, regulation and governance
  • consumers, markets and stakeholders
  • economics and finance
  • entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy
  • non-profit and social enterprise
  • organisation and work.

Learn more about research in the QUT Business School

Creative industries

Join our progressive and collaborative postgraduate community and make an original contribution to media, design or creative arts research. We believe in fostering a supportive intellectual environment that encourages our researchers to address real world problems in areas like:

  • digital media, communication and culture
  • innovation in the performing and digital arts
  • sustainability and innovation in design.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Creative Industries


Recognised internationally as a leader in education research with a global outlook, we provide the right environment for our researchers and research students to make real progress and generate real world impact. Our research is leading the way in areas like:

  • childhood in changing contexts
  • teacher education and professional learning
  • literacies, language, texts and technologies
  • STEM education
  • student engagement, learning and behaviour.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Education


Get hands-on experience with patients and students, and collaborate with government, community groups, hospitals and institutions from around the world. Your work has the potential to advance healthcare in areas including:

  • behavioural neuroscience and mental health
  • chronic conditions, including cancer
  • healthy lifestyles, ageing and environments
  • emergency care and health services
  • infection and injury prevention.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Health


As our commercial, social and digital worlds continue to evolve, our laws and justice system must progress with them. Our research is helping to shape the law and guide policy reform in areas like:

  • commercial and property law
  • crime and justice
  • health law
  • intellectual property and innovation law
  • international law and global governance.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Law

Science and engineering

From robotics to biomedical engineering, we are leading the way with research that will contribute significantly to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of people across the globe. It’s exciting, world-changing work happening in areas like:

  • chemistry, physics and mechanical engineering
  • civil engineering and built environment
  • earth environmental and biological sciences
  • electrical engineering and computer science
  • information systems
  • mathematical sciences.

Learn more about research in our Science and Engineering Faculty

Step 3: Supervision and topics

Find a supervisor

Some faculties allow you to choose your supervisors, while others will assign one to you.

Supervisors chosen by faculty
  • Business
  • Education
  • Law

Faculties that choose your supervisor for you can look at your research interests and match you with the best team.

If you're planning on studying education or law, you can match your research interests with a supervisor online:

If the faculty can't find a suitable supervisory team for you and your research project your application may not proceed.

Supervisors chosen by student
  • Creative Industries
  • Health (supervisors may also be chosen by your faculty)
  • Science and Engineering

If you're choosing your own supervisor, you may consider:

  • their specialised teaching and research areas
  • projects they're interested in supervising
  • how many students they're currently supervising
  • research students they've successfully supervised in the past.

It's important to contact your potential supervisor to find out if you can work well together.

Search our academic profiles for potential supervisors

I want to work with a supervisor from another institution

To include a supervisor who is not a QUT staff member on your supervisory team, you must have approval from QUT.

Submit an external supervisor memorandum with your application.

Your supervisor's role

Your supervisory team are the most important people you'll work with while you're researching. You'll meet with them regularly, and they'll provide support and guidance throughout your project.

Our supervisor accreditation scheme ensures that your supervisor will be prepared to give you the highest quality support.

Choosing your research topic

Discussing your research interests early in the application process will make completing your application and research proposal much easier.

You'll need to propose a thesis title and include it in your application. This title may be tentative only; we understand that it may change as your research progresses.

Choose your topic

You can develop your own research topic in agreement with your supervisor and your faculty. This will ensure it has the right scope and scale for the research degree you wish to complete.

QUT Business School
Creative Industries Faculty
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Health
Faculty of Law
Science and Engineering Faculty
Explore available topics

Some faculties offer a range of available topics for research students.

Browse student topics

Step 4: Costs and scholarships

Covering tuition costs

Australian and New Zealand students

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, you won't have to pay tuition fees if you complete your degree within:

  • 4 years full-time (or equivalent) for doctoral students (PhD and professional doctorate)
  • 2 years full-time (or equivalent) for masters students.

You may also be eligible for scholarships to help you with living expenses.

International students

You may be able to apply for scholarships that cover tuition fees for all or part of your degree. If you don't receive a scholarship, you must pay full fees directly to QUT.

Information about course fees is available on your course information.

You may also be eligible for scholarships to help you with living expenses.

Scholarships you can apply for

You can apply for scholarships to help support your living expenses while you're researching, or cover your tuition costs if you're an international student.

Make sure you look closely at the scholarship's applying instructions, and include any supporting documents with your application.

Annual scholarship round

You can apply for our research scholarships during our annual scholarship round, closing in September each year. You can still apply for admission to a research degree at any time throughout the year.

Our annual scholarship round

Applying outside the annual round

There's a variety of scholarships you can apply for throughout the year and outside of the annual round. Check the application dates for each scholarship to find out when you should apply.

Find a research scholarship

You can also search the Good Universities Guide scholarship collection.

Funding your research degree

For more information about funding your research degree, including tuition details and study-related costs.

Funding and financial assistance

Step 5: Research proposal

This is the most important part of your application.

Your research proposal must be no more than 500 words (approximately 2 pages) and must use these headings:

  1. Area of research (include the faculty, centre or school you’ll be studying in)
  2. Clear statement of your research topic
  3. Brief overview of previous relevant research
  4. Objectives of the program of research and investigation
  5. Research methods and plan including references to key literature sources
  6. Proposed QUT Principal Supervisor/QUT Associate Supervisor(s)/Non QUT Associate Supervisors (if known)
  7. Coursework requirements

Contact your faculty or your supervisor for advice on how to develop your research proposal.

QUT Business School
Creative Industries Faculty
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Health
Faculty of Law
Science and Engineering Faculty

Step 6: Supporting documents

You can submit electronic copies of documents with your application. But you must submit certified copies of your documents, via post or in person, before you start your degree.

I previously studied overseas

You must provide:

  • a certified copy of your academic transcripts, award certificate or other evidence of completion
  • the grading scale of your university
  • an official translation, if the documents are in a language other than English.

How to have your documents certified

To have your documents certified, take originals and copies to:

If the documents are in a language other than English, you must also provide an official English translation.

Required documentation

Research degree skills audit

We recommend you complete the research degree skills audit (PDF file, 696.57 KB) and attach it to your application. It will help your supervisory team assess your skills and abilities, and work out any optional coursework and electives you’ll need to undertake,

You'll discuss the skills audit with your supervisor or faculty advisor at the beginning of your candidature. By identifying your strengths and any gaps in your skills, along with your learning objectives and career goals, you’ll be better able to plan your coursework and training requirements.

Academic records

You don't need to submit academic records for any study you've completed at QUT, or, if you're an Australian or New Zealand citizen, at other Australian universities listed as QualSearch participating institutions.

If you've studied at other institutions, you must submit:

  • certified copies of your academic transcripts, award certificate, or other evidence of completion
  • the grading scale of your university (this may be on the back page of your transcript)
  • an official English translation, if needed
  • a copy of your AEI-NOOSR (Australian Education International-National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition) assessment, if you have one.
English language certification

If you've completed any English language course or test to meet the English language requirements for your course, you must provide evidence.

CV (curriculum vitae) or resume

Your resume should outline your relevant research activities, including:

  • research-related employment
  • research publications
  • other research achievements.

Include any documents that demonstrate proof of your research activities and abilities.

You can follow the format of our example CV (PDF file, 156.58 KB).

Employment experience

If professional experience is an entry requirement for your course, or you believe it will add to your application, you must provide statements from your employers.

These statements should be on company letterhead, be signed and dated, and include:

  • your position title and duties
  • whether you were employed full time, or the full-time equivalent you worked
  • the dates you were employed.
Proof of residence or citizenship

Provide a certified copy of:

  • your birth certificate
  • your certificate of citizenship
  • the relevant pages of your passport.
I’ve changed my name

You must provide evidence of your name change, such as your marriage certificate or deed poll, if:

  • the name you provide on your application form is different to the name on any supporting official documents
  • you have official documents issued in more than one name.

Different study arrangements

Depending on the circumstances of your proposed research degree, you may need to provide further documentation to help us process your application.

I want to study externally

If you want to complete your research degree with QUT while based at another institution, or with an external supervisor, you must have approval from QUT. You’ll apply for approval as part of your research degree application. You must submit:

I've organised to do a PhD or masters as part of an international partner agreement

Your application may be linked to an existing international agreement that will allow you to study jointly at QUT and another leading university overseas.

You should discuss this agreement with your potential supervisor and get their help to complete an individual stuent agreement. If you need a copy of this agreement, email

Read the joint PhD guidelines (PDF file, 115.5 KB) for more information.

I’m being supported by an external organisation

If your research is being supported by an organisation external to QUT, a person authorised by the organisation needs to supply a statement indicating the support the organisation will provide.

I want to transfer to QUT from another university

If you want to transfer to research at QUT, you still need to complete a full application. You'll also need to provide an official letter from your university that includes:

  • degree or course type
  • milestone dates
  • start of candidature
  • maximum candidature date
  • Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic) entitlements (previously Research Training Scheme)
  • scholarship commencement, if you hold a scholarship
  • approved leave of absence dates
  • date withdrawn
  • completion of confirmation process
  • completion date of confirmation process.

You must also supply:

  • the name of your former principal supervisor
  • the reason you're transferring
  • your most recent progress report
  • ethics approval, if applicable. Either attach your prior ethics approval, or details of any QUT ethics approval applications in progress.

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, 258.3 KB)

What happens next?

Find out what to do once you've sent in your application, including important information for international students.

What happens next

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