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Why do your graduate research with us

Further your research and career with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or professional doctorate.

Benefits of researching at UQ

With access to support and world-class facilities, help advance the frontiers of innovation through research that creates new knowledge.

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Research impact

From hypersonic flight, vaccines, and drought-resistant crops, to new ways to teach critical thinking – help solve humanity’s biggest challenges.

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UQ Researchers

Learn from some of the world’s most influential minds. Our researchers make an impact on the world and your research goals.   

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Research facilities

Over $125 million of state-of-the art equipment across numerous facilities – from genetic sequencing, materials fabrication, and computing to marine biology.

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World-standard research

We're proud of our research outputs – and so are the global rankings. 100% of our research is at or above world standard (ERA 2018).

Health, wellbeing and inclusion

Access services to improve your confidence and physical and mental health, including inclusion programs to make everyone feel welcome and connected.

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Program and application support

Our dedicated Graduate School exists to support HDR candidates through the application process, progress reviews, and on to graduation. HDR liaison officers are always here to help.

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Career Development Framework

Gain the essential skills you need to succeed as a researcher with our career development support. Access a range of free events, webinars and support to prepare you for your next step. 

Professional skills

Entrepreneurial, academic, teaching skills and more – learn what you need to transition to the workforce.

Research skills

From data analysis to ethics and research presentation – learn how to design and conduct research.

Transferable skills

Writing, communication and working with others – gain the key skills applicable to all research pathways.

What can you do with a PhD or other research degree?

From academic research and teaching to innovation and private industry, a research degree opens many doors.

Academic careers

Find a balance between research and teaching by working at a university.

Opportunities exist to work within specialist schools, institutes or centres with other experts, uncovering solutions to society’s biggest challenges, publishing papers to contribute to a growing body of knowledge, and teaching and mentoring the next generation of researchers and professionals.

Industry careers

Make an impact with your research.

Choose to commercialise your own research by starting a company or bring research expertise to government, non-government and not-for-profit organisations. 

Areas such as bio tech, sustainable development, pharmaceuticals, mineral extraction and processing, materials engineering and humanities and social sciences all need researchers to turn theoretical knowledge into tangible outcomes. 

Benefits of assigning intellectual property (IP) to UQ

PhD candidates who assign their IP to UQ get the same benefits and protections as University staff. This means UQ will negotiate to commercialise and protect your work and will provide administrative, legal, financial and commercial expertise – and bear the cost. You will receive a share of any commercial returns.

Find out more about assigning IP
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Living in Queensland

Whether you’re in Brisbane or elsewhere, Queensland is spectacular. Safe, liveable and with pristine beaches and rainforests just a short drive away. We’re diverse, welcoming, and energetic, with limitless activities and inclusive cultural events to enjoy.

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