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 accredited supervisors to you (refer Higher Degree 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 supervision is assessed as part of your application for admission (refer Higher Degree Research Regulation 5).
Supervisors may be on a different campus from a HDR candidate.
To discuss possible supervisors, please contact the Faculty Associate Dean (Research) or HDR Coordinator of the Faculty to which you will apply for admission.
4. View closing dates
We are now accepting applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in 2022.
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. Start an application for admission
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.
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Write a research proposal
You will also need to write a research proposal as part of your research application.
As part of your MPhil/PhD application, you must include a 2,000-word research proposal (in Word or PDF) which includes:
- Description of research problem
- Aims, theoretical background and hypotheses/research questions
- Methodology and approach
- Resources required to conduct the research (financial, non-financial, and possible sources of funding)
- A relevant bibliography/referencing section (Note: this does not contribute to the word count)
6. Prepare your documents
You will need to gather certified copies of all the necessary documents for your application.
These documents include:
- completed research proposal
- academic qualifications (transcripts and completion certificates)
- evidence of English proficiency
- any other documents which can support your application, such as copies of prior research, awards or work experience.
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.
Organise your confidential referee reports
You must also ensure that two confidential referee reports are provided independently, by email, by your chosen referees at the time of submission of your application.
To do this, approach two referees and inquire whether they are willing to complete a confidential referee report on your behalf.
Then download ACU's referee report template and complete Section 1.
Download our referee report template (Word 94KB)
Once you’ve done that, forward the form to each of your referees and ask them to complete the form and submit it directly to the international admissions office by email firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date for applications.
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.