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QUT's well-established links with industry provide the practical support needed for my research into strategies for designing buildings with improved energy performance. [...] The skills that I am developing in the process are providing invaluable to my professional development, and have greatly increased my career options.
Bianca Toth,
PhD candidate, School of Design

What is a PhD?

A PhD challenges you to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in your field by developing new ideas, or new ways of approaching existing problems.

Through the course of your PhD, you will help develop new theories, methodologies and models that may shape the future of your profession or discipline.

At QUT, students normally:

  • complete a literature review
  • develop and refine a research problem
  • present a research theory at a confirmation seminar
  • complete a program of research which tests the theory
  • complete a final thesis or dissertation of findings.

What can I research?

Depending on the faculty you study in, you can either design your own topic for research, or choose from suggested student topics. If you are designing your own topic, we strongly suggest aligning the topic with one of our research areas.

Research areas

Who should consider a PhD?

A PhD is ideal if you:

  • want to make a significant original contribution to your field
  • plan to pursue a career in industry, government or academia
  • are self-motivated and able to commit to a large-scale project over several years.

To qualify for entry to a PhD, you usually need to have:

  • successfully completed a research masters
  • begun a research masters, and progressed to the PhD program after 12 months
  • or graduated from an honours degree with a First Class or 2A Honours.

Before considering a PhD you should read the PhD course regulations (PDF file, 200.9 KB).

Diagram of the research pathways

How long will a PhD take?

A PhD usually takes a minimum of:

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time.

International students are expected to complete their PhD in 3 years, and will be offered a 4 year student visa.

How much will it cost?

There are no fees for PhDs for Australian citizens and permanent residents.

You may be eligible for a scholarship to help cover your costs while you're studying.

Fees and financial support

Joint PhD

You may be able to complete a joint PhD, studying at QUT and another leading university overseas. You must study at least one year at each institution. When you complete your degree, you'll receive recognition from both universities.

If you're interested in the joint PhD option, discuss it with your potential supervisor so they can consult their faculty about negotiating agreements and liaising with the overseas institution. Read the PhD course regulations for more information.

Industry Doctoral Training Centre

Our Industry Doctoral Training Centre aims to address the skills shortage in mathematical sciences by providing a PhD program in collaboration with major business and industry organisations.

Studying at our Industry Doctoral Training Centre

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Research Admissions

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    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
  • Postal address:
    Research Students Centre
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane, QLD, 4000

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