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Step 7: Write your research proposal

This is the most important part of your application.

Contact your faculty's Postgraduate Research Administration Officer or your proposed principal supervisor for advice on how to develop your research proposal.

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 in which your course of study lies)
  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
  7. Coursework requirements.

I haven't finalised my supervision yet

If your supervision isn't finalised yet, name the QUT academic you've had preliminary discussions with, if they're available.

How do I identify my coursework requirements?

Contact your faculty's Postgraduate Research Administration Officer or your proposed principal supervisor to identify coursework that may support your research program.

We automatically enrol all commencing PhD students in IFN001 - Advanced Information Research Skills (AIRS) as part of your first year enrolment study plan, unless your faculty advises otherwise.

If you're a masters by research or professional doctorate student and you'll be completing a literature review, we recommend you nominate for IFN001 - Advanced Information Research Skills (AIRS).

You may enrol in other coursework units that are approved by your faculty.

You'll be automatically enrolled in these units if your application is successful.

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Research Students Centre

RSC manages and supports research students.

  • Level 4
    88 Musk Avenue
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

  • Postal address:
    Research Students Centre
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001