Am I eligible?

Check to see if you meet the entry requirements for the type of research degree you wish to apply for. If you are an international applicant, you also need to check whether you meet the English language requirements

Choose your highest qualification from the options below to help identify possible pathways into a research degree program. See also Assessing for Honours equivalence.

Note that 'may be eligible' means you may meet the minimum entry requirements for the program (other factors are also considered before an applicant is accepted into a program).

PhD and professional doctorate by research*

You may be eligible to be considered for admission if you have:

  • Honours Level 1, Honours Level 2A (H2A), a Masters by Research or an appropriate masters degree
  • Honours Level 2B (H2B) or a Graduate Diploma, plus demonstrated capabilities as proven through evidence of professional work experience in the field of proposed study and by relevant quality publications 
  • a Bachelor Degree, Double Degree, Honours Level 3 (H3) or a Graduate Certificate, plus:
    • demonstrated research capabilities as proven through evidence of professional work experience in the field of proposed study and by relevant quality publications
    • additional work experience and publications.

Admission criteria (academic regulations) 

Research degree programs

Professional doctorate programs

Professional Doctorate by Research candidates must also demonstrate at least 5 years experience of practice in a relevant field and normally within the last 10 years.

PhD by portfolio of publications

You may be eligible to be considered for admission if you:

  • are eligible for a PhD
  • are an established researcher with a substantial record of ongoing research and publications
  • have submitted a portfolio that is prima facie worthy of examination for a PhD by Portfolio.

Admission criteria (academic regulations)

Research degree programs

Masters by research

You may be eligible to be considered for admission if you have:

  • an Honours degree or a Bachelor degree with honours; or
  • a relevant Bachelor degree (or equivalent) of at least three years with a minimum credit average; or
  • an appropriate Masters degree; or
  • no tertiary qualifications, but can demonstrate research capabilities as proven through evidence of professional work experience in the field of proposed study and by relevant quality publications.

Admission criteria (academic regulations)

Research degree programs

Notes:

  1. A distinction is made between Honours 2A and Honours 1 for scholarship allocation purposes. Both Honours 2A and Honours 1 are eligible to be considered for admission into a PhD program.
  2. The University allocates scholarships using two methods: Stream 1: Direct Honours and Stream 2:  Publications and professional experience. Honours equivalence is determined through the scoring of Stream 2.
  3. Full details are available in the Academic regulations.
  4. Divisions/schools/institutes may recommend that applicants be considered for Masters by Research before a Doctorate, even when eligibility for Doctorate is demonstrated.
  5. Awards and Honours equivalencies are based on Australian or equivalent qualifications.

Areas of study and research

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