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By undertaking a higher degree by research, you can seek the answers to your own questions, make an original contribution to human knowledge, enhance your career prospects in industry or academia, and perform high-level research in a specific area of academic interest.

High quality research supervision—increasingly aligned with USC’s areas of research strengths—enables research graduates to make strong contributions to research and development that advances academic enquiry and Australia’s economy, society, culture and environment.

USC offers a range of higher degrees by research and postgraduate coursework programs.

  • What is a Higher Degree by Research?
  • Why do a Higher Degree by Research?
  • Who is eligible for entry to an HDR?
    Entry to Master by Research programs

    Prospective candidates applying for admission for Master by Research candidature are normally required to hold a bachelors degree with at least Honours Class 2 Division I or Division II from a recognised higher education institution.

    In some programs, applicants who have completed a bachelors degree and have achieved by subsequent work and study a standard equivalent to at least Honours Class 2 Division II may also be considered.

    In exceptional cases, applications may be considered on the basis of other evidence of general and professional qualifications as approved by the Research Degrees Committee. Refer to your program of interest for specific admission requirements.

    If English is not your first language, you must meet the minimum English language requirements. English as a Second Language (ESL) candidates must demonstrate an IELTs score of 6.5 or equivalent.

    Entry to Doctoral Research programs

    Prospective candidates applying for admission to Doctoral Research programs are normally required to hold a research masters degree or a bachelors honours degree with at least Honours Class 2 Division I from a recognised higher education institution.

    Applicants who have completed a bachelors degree and have achieved by subsequent work and study a standard equivalent to at least Honours Class 2 Division I may also be considered.

    In exceptional cases, applications may be considered on the basis of other evidence of general and professional qualifications as approved by the Research Degrees Committee.

    If English is not your first language, you must meet the minimum English language requirements. English as a Second Language (ESL) candidates must demonstrate an IELTs score of 6.5 or equivalent.

  • Research supervision and support

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For more information, consider the information provided for prospective HDR applicants or askUSC.

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