Study research

ACU actively promotes informed debate and community engagement as part of our research programs. We have seven Research Institutes and a number of emerging research strengths.

Find a list of research courses available to international students.

How to apply

  1. Check the entry requirements
  2. Develop a research proposal
  3. Prepare your documents
  4. Lodge your application
  5. Request referee reports

Entry requirements

Check that you meet the English proficiency requirements as well as the academic requirements listed for your course.

Research proposal

Prepare a research proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words that addresses:

  • Description of the research problem;
  • Aims, theoretical background, and hypothesis/research questions;
  • Methodology and approach;
  • Timeline;
  • Resources required to conduct the research.

Prepare your documents

Gather certified copies of the necessary documents for your application:

  • research proposal
  • academic qualifications (transcripts and completion certificates)
  • passport
  • evidence of English proficiency
  • any other documents which can support your application (e.g. copies of prior research, awards, work experience).

Lodge your application

Make your application to ACU International via any of the following methods:

Request referee reports

Approach two referees and ask them to complete a confidential referee report (Word, 74kb) and have them email it directly to