Education and Arts

Prospective Students

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates are an integral part of the research culture at ACU. We offer opportunities for talented people to complete Master or Doctoral level studies in our schools and research institutes under the supervision of leading academics.

At Education and Arts, we understand the challenges faced by researchers and students and are committed to providing structured and individualised research programs.

We provide inter-disciplinary research support groups, regular research seminars and training opportunities, guest lectures, workshops, and easy access to qualified accredited supervisors who will help you reach your potential.

Our research degree offerings now include the Doctoral Program in Social and Political Thought run through the Institute for Social Justice at our North Sydney campus. Wholly original in the Australian context, this four-week program incorporates intensive coursework and training.

Your decision about which degree to pursue will be influenced by your current academic qualifications and career plans.

Doctor of Philosophy

Candidates are expected to make an original contribution to knowledge in their chosen field to be awarded this high-level research degree.

Doctoral Program in Social and Political Thought

The Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Political Thought is a rigorous and innovative four-year doctoral program for people who believe that the world can and should be different. It is run through ACU's Institute for Social Justice.

Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education is designed for education professionals who want to further their knowledge and understanding in specific areas of education through the conduct of research.

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy provides advanced research training in any field covered by the Faculty.

Master of Education (Research)

Designed primarily for teachers, the Master of Education (Research) will  help research candidates to develop and apply new research skills to an education topic.

ACU offers a range of prestigious scholarships to reward outstanding academic achievement.

Scholarships are available to both domestic and international research candidates looking to undertake a research degree. Scholarships are usually tax-free for full-time candidates.

The best way to locate the right supervisor to support your particular research interests is to let us help you. Email us at to get the process underway.

You can discover more about the research interests and achievements of our Faculty staff by browsing our Research Expertise Register (RexR).