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At USC there are multiple pathways into a research program. To explore options visit Research students.

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Get answers via Student Central. You can also contact Professor Jeffrey Morrell via for guidance on potential supervisors and topics.

What are my options for research at USC?
Honours programs?

An Honours degree offers you the opportunity to continue your undergraduate degree studies in a topic of your interest and prepares students for enrolling in a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). For further information go to Honours applications.

Masters or Doctoral Research Programs?

Whether enrolling in an honours, masters or doctoral program you will need a supervisor. We suggest you look at our members in the Centre for an appropriate person whom may align with your research interests. It is recommended that you send a copy of your resume, a summary of your work experience, and what you are interested in studying during your research program with USC. If you are unsure which academic to approach, email Professor Jeff Morrell with a resume and a short statement for his advice on who may be able to support you in your research.

For further information visit HDR applicants.

Current research students

For current HDR students please find information to support you program located at HDR Candidature and through Student Blackboard / Research and Research Training / Graduate Research Studies Management 

Our student scholarship opportunities

We have several scholarships available. Further information for Centre Scholarships is found on "Scholarships" tab. To view the Scholarship open now - check out this page and apply!

For additional scholarship opportunities at USC across a range of disciplines and programs check out the USC scholarships page for more guidance on funding sources. (Filter Scholarships by Study level / Postgraduate - research).

Scholarship opportunities

The Australian National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life aims to recruit highly motivated students interested in pursuing PhDs in wood deterioration and its prevention. There are several scholarships currently available.

The Centre is based in Brisbane, Australia, and is a joint venture between the USC, the University of Queensland and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF). Students will be based at the USC SouthBank campus and will operate in laboratory facilities operated by QDAF.

Highly qualified students will receive a stipend and tuition waiver to support their studies.

Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: 

  • Novel methods for assessing heartwood durability
  • Fungal colonisation patterns in decayed wood
  • Improved methods for assessing durability
  • Developing predictive durability models
  • Developing improved methods for timber preservation

Interested parties should contact: Jeff Morrell, Director, National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life at

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with researchers across Australia as well as Europe and North America to help craft the Centre. Opportunities also exist for short-term exchanges with other laboratories.

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