Research Degrees

Whether you come from an academic, government or industry/practitioner background, if you are passionate about exploring a topic further, CQUniversity can help you turn it into a research project.

Explore upcoming projects we are actively recruiting in below, or propose your own research topic in collaboration with a supervisor. Applications are accepted year-round, so there is no better time to get started.

International candidate? Please go to our International Research Students page.


If you don’t yet meet the admissions requirements for a Research Higher Degree, or would like to hone your research and investigative skills prior to starting your RHD studies, our Graduate Certificate in Research can provide a pathway for you to reach your research goals. This preparatory course is tailored to your area/s of research interest, and can help you satisfy admissions criteria for a RHD. Offered via our renowned online mode, you’ll be benefit from tailored support from a dedicated supervisor from your discipline field, plenty of regular contact with the Unit Coordinator to ensure you’re on track, and opportunities to connect with others in the course.

Interested in speaking to someone about the Graduate Certificate in Research? Book a call back today.

Masters by Research courses are based on project-specific research by the candidate and carried out under supervision across any of the University's Schools. The following Masters by Research courses are available at CQUniversity:

Keep up to date with course developments, new projects, upcoming events and important timelines in the application process by signing up to the RHD mailing list.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) courses may be undertaken in any area in which supervisory expertise and appropriate infrastructure are available. The PhD is awarded on the basis of a thesis prepared under supervision that makes an original and significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant field of study, as judged by independent international-level experts.

Doctor of Education (EdD) is a professionally based research higher degree available through the University as an alternative to the traditional research programs. It offers a rigorous program combining structured research tasks and a thesis component. It is particularly well suited to those people who are already teaching in the education and training sector but desire new skills and the opportunity to create new knowledge in their field.

The Doctor of Professional Studies is a research higher degree designed to produce innovation in commercial, government, educational and other applied settings. The course allows you to undertake applied research that is directly relevant to business and industry settings, compared with the more ‘theoretical’ research work found in the traditional PhD. This course will suit you if you have industry experience but have had less exposure to academic research settings. The course includes a series of structured research tasks followed by a research project with a thesis component.

Keep up to date with course developments, new projects, upcoming events and important timelines in the application process by signing up to the RHD mailing list.


Gain a better idea of where a CQUniversity RHD can take you, what the costs are, how we can support you, and how to identify a research topic and prospective supervisor at an upcoming RHD Online Information Session. Alternatively, if you have a specific query you can Ask a Question and someone from our RHD team will get back to you.



The first step in the application process is to submit a Preliminary Proposal to our research team. This will be reviewed for suitability of topic and availability of supervision, following which you may be invited to submit a full application for admission.

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