Join our thriving community of research students who are contributing to human progress in Australia and beyond. We offer both masters by research and PhD doctorates, with a simple step-by-step application process that you can complete entirely online.
Applications are currently open for 2018 admission for a range of research masters and PhDs.
Your research journey with us will be different to any other. We encourage informed debate and community engagement, and offer six research institutes and many emerging research strengths.
Apply for a research degree using our step-by-step guide. Follow the instructions on this page if you want to apply for one of the following degrees:
Before you begin, it’s important to confirm that you’re an international applicant and that a research degree is the right study for you.
You are an international applicant if you will need an international student visa to study in Australia.You are a domestic student if you are one of the following:
If you’re a domestic student, you should visit our step-by-step guide for domestic research applications and follow those instructions.
A research degree is a masters or doctorate that is mostly made up of researching and writing a single thesis. We also offer postgraduate degrees made up of different units and classes, however these are known as postgraduate coursework degrees.
If you are an international applicant looking to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree, such as a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters by coursework, you should visit our international application page for postgraduate students.
Choose your preferred research course from the list below. You can find out more about each course by visiting their individual pages:
To be eligible for admission to one of our research courses, you need to meet the entry requirements.
Please note: even if you do meet the requirements, admission is not guaranteed. Other parts of your application that we will take into consideration include:
To learn more about how we will assess your application, visit the ACU Handbook.
You may need to demonstrate your English language proficiency if:
You can prove your English proficiency by providing us with evidence of your previous studies or qualifications, or by achieving a certain score in a relevant English language test.
You can check your eligibility for your chosen research course by viewing its individual entry requirements.
These requirements are also listed in the ACU Handbook. To read more, visit the Higher Degree Research Regulations handbook page.
You will need to conduct your research under the supervision of a fully accredited principal supervisor.
You should find a suitable supervisor for your project before you submit your application.
Make sure you get your application to us before the due date. Plan ahead by taking note of the application deadline for your course.
To begin the application process, register at our online application system and begin filling out an application for admission.
You will need to supply your name and an email address. Please use an email address you check regularly.
You will also need to write a research proposal as part of your research application.Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Social and Political Thought, and Master of Philosophy must complete a 2000-word research proposal detailing:
Applicants for the Master of Education (Research), and Master of Theology (Research) must complete a 250- to 500-word research proposal, detailing:
You will need to gather certified copies of all the necessary documents for your application.
These documents include:
Copies of these documents will need to be certified and signed by an approved official such as a Justice of the Peace. A certified copy is a photocopy of an original document that has been “certified” as a true copy.
The official must include his/her professional registration number (if applicable) when certifying your documents.
You must also provide two referee reports with your application.
To do this, approach two referees and ask them to complete a confidential referee report.
Next, download our referee report template and complete Section 1.
Once you’ve done that, forward the form to your referees for them to complete and send to the international admissions office by email.
Please note: You are responsible for ensuring that your referees return the reports to the international admissions office email address. Your application will not be considered until two referee reports have been received.
When you have completed everything in your application (and rechecked everything to be sure), you can submit it through any of the following methods:
Please note: You must submit your application form to us with a research proposal attached. It will be considered an incomplete application if your proposal isn’t attached, and may be delayed or rejected.
After you’ve submitted your application, you will get confirmation that we have received it and will begin processing it. We will let you know the outcome as soon as we can
Congratulations on receiving your research offer. You can respond to your offer by accepting, deferring or declining.
Read how to respond to your offer <Link to 2.8 Responding to an offer>
After you have accepted your offer, we suggest you learn about your research journey, including enrolment, confirmation, milestone updates and graduation.
Our research students have a different calendar to other students. Find out about our four research terms and see when your official start date is.
Contact our international student support team if you have any questions about your application to study at ACU. We can also answer your enquiries about arriving, living and studying in Australia.
Unsure what some of these words mean? We’ve put together a glossary to explain our technical terms in plain English.
Find out about our international tuition fees and payment options, including our one-price course fees to help you plan your studies with us.Plan your fees
Discover what support is available for your research, including guidance on how to get funding and manage a project.View support
Learn about our research institutes and centres, including our emerging research strengths in education, health, theology and philosophy, and social justice and the common good.View institutes
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