3. Accredited supervisors
Before you submit an application for admission, you may wish to identify accredited supervisors who are active in your proposed area of research and, if appropriate, discuss your research proposal with them.
It is not mandatory to contact accredited supervisors prior to applying. If you're successful, the University will allocate suitably qualified supervisors to you (refer Higher Degree Research Regulation 5)
Should you contact an academic and they indicate they are willing to supervise you, this does not guarantee you will be admitted to the program or that they will be one of your supervisors. The availability of suitable supervisors is assessed as part of your application for admission (refer Higher Degree Research Regulation 5).
Supervisors normally are not required to be at the same campus location.
View accredited supervisors on our RExR database
4. View closing dates
We don’t want you to miss out. Stay on top of your application by taking note of relevant application deadlines.
Candidates may commence prior to the census date in either Research Term A or Research Term C.
If you are applying for candidature and a stipend scholarship, refer to the application deadline listed on the research scholarships page
If you are applying for candidature only, you can submit your application at any time, though you are strongly encouraged to submit at least 12 weeks prior to the start of your preferred Research Term .
5. Complete an application for admission
To begin building your application, download and complete our HDR candidature application form.
This form contains application information for:
- previous employment, qualifications and research experience
- your research proposal
- postgraduate research scholarships
- English language proficiency requirements
- referee reports.
Download our domestic application for candidature form (Word 108KB)
If you are an international applicant, you will need to complete the international online application form available on our international research page.
Go to our international research student application guide
6. Gather your documents
Once you have completed your application form, make sure you have attached certified copies of all the necessary application and identification documents.
These documents include:
- certified copies of any higher education study attempted to date, in English
- a certified copy of your birth certificate, citizenship certificate or passport with any relevant visa pages
- evidence of English language proficiency if applicable
- copies of any completed research, such as published articles or book chapters, thesis extracts or research reports, in English).
Any copies of transcripts, birth certificates, citizenship certificates and passports must be certified. A certified copy is a photocopy of an original document that has been “certified” as a true copy.
Documents can be certified by a Justice of the Peace (JP) or an authorised officer such as a public notary who is not related to you.
The officer must include his/her professional registration number (if applicable) when certifying your documents.
Organise your confidential referee reports
You must also provide two referee reports with your application.
To do this, download our referee report template and complete Section 1.
Download our referee report template (Word 94KB)
Once you’ve done that, forward the form to your referees for them to complete the remainder of the form and send to the Candidature Services office by email.
Email the Candidature Services office
Please note: It’s your responsibility to ensure that your referees return the reports to the Candidature Services office email address. We won’t consider your application until two referee reports have been received.
When you have completed everything in your application (and rechecked everything to be sure), please send your application to the Candidature Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens next
After you’ve submitted your application, it’s time for us to assess it. Bear with us – there’s a lot to process. It normally takes around two months for an application to be assessed. You’ll receive confirmation of your application and we’ll let you know the outcome as soon as we can.
While you're waiting, we suggest you get familiar with the different stages of your upcoming candidate journey, from enrolment to graduation. It’s a big journey, but we know you’re ready for it.
Learn more about the candidate journey
Need help? We’re here to assist
You can reach out to the Candidature Services office if you have any questions about the research application process.
Email the Candidature Services office