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Higher degrees by research (HDR) at UQ

Study a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or professional doctorate at UQ, one of the world’s leading research universities.

Research programs at UQ

Explore our research programs to learn more about the experience, eligibility and how to apply. 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an internationally recognised program, taking 3–4 years of full-time study, including an 80,000-word thesis, that will enable you to become an independent researcher.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

With guidance from your advisory team, you will undertake a significant research project over 1.5–2 years full time, and complete a 40,000-word thesis and an oral examination.

Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science (DVetClinSc)

Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science (DVetClinSc)

This 3.5-year residency program is designed for already qualified veterinarians who wish to become specialists. It includes coursework with clinical training and a 50,000-word research thesis.

Research with us

Propose your own research project with a supervisor or find an available research project with a scholarship. 

You must discuss your research interests with your proposed supervisor early in the application process. Don't forget to check out our advice on how to contact a supervisor

Find a supervisor

Find a supervisor in your field and speak with them about your project. Before applying for a PhD or MPhil, it’s essential you find an advisor who will guide and support you through your research.

Find a project

Some scholarships are funded by specific projects, with the lead researchers supervising supporting PhD candidates. There are hundreds of projects across a variety of fields.

Scholarships and fees

Scholarships are available to cover the cost of your tuition and pay you a stipend to live on. There may be other opportunities to help financially support you and your family while you study. 

Browse scholarships

Fees and costs

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How to apply

Learn about the application process, including what you need to submit – such as demonstrated research experience, and English language requirements – timelines, and where to get help.

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Why research with us

Career support

Access training, mentoring, industry placements and more to prepare for your next step.

Graduate outcomes

Become sought after as one of the most employable graduates in the state.


Access world-class facilities and equipment supported by qualified staff.

Innovation leaders

Study with innovators – we ranked #37 in the world for scientific papers in 2023.

World-class researchers

Research with some of our world-recognised experts in their fields.

Queensland liveability

Study in one of the safest, most liveable places on earth. Sunshine guaranteed.

Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

We have dedicated application support and tuition, stipend and top-up scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Learn more about Indigenous support
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Research mobility opportunities

Are you studying overseas and want to do part of your PhD in Australia? Or are you based here and want to take up an exchange opportunity at one of our partner institutions in another country? We offer research mobility opportunities for both UQ students and students currently studying overseas.

Discover mobility opportunities
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Follow your passion for research

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