Research applications

Applying for and obtaining admission to a research degree is a process that requires time and preparation before submission of the application. You should read the instructions below carefully and ensure you follow the steps outlined.

Step 1: Find an academic supervisor

Our Research Supervisor Connect online portal lists all the University research opportunities currently available for new students. Search through research opportunities, read about supervisors’ areas of interest and expertise, and make initial contact with them.

Step 2: Develop a research proposal

Once you have initiated discussions with an academic, you need to develop and submit an initial research proposal. The supervisor will read and comment on your proposal, and indicate if they are willing to supervise you before you submit your application. You can find more information about developing a proposal under ‘how to apply’ on our website.

Step 3: Identify academic referees

You will need to provide details of two academic referees who are familiar with your previous academic qualifications and achievements who can then submit an academic referee report on your behalf. Instructions are provided within your online application form.

Step 4: Submit your application

All applications for higher degrees by research should be lodged online. First, visit our ‘Find a course’ website.

Search for your program of study. Then select the degree you wish to apply for. Click on the ‘apply’ button to begin the application process.

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