HDR applicants - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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HDR applicants

Applicants are required to complete the following four steps. Please also refer to additional information.

Step 1: Consider entry requirements

The general entry requirements for USC's HDR programs are stated in section 4 of the Higher Degrees by Research Candidature – Procedures. If you are applying for a specific Masters by Research program, consult the program page as well as there may be additional program-specific entry requirements.

Entry is highly competitive and depends on:

  • your academic background
  • your English language proficiency (for International applicants)
  • the submission of a suitable research proposal
  • the availability of a registered supervisor
  • the availability of resources to support your proposed research topic

Step 2: Find a supervisor

Use the Research Supervisor Search to find a potential supervisor in your area of research. Contact the researcher to discuss your proposal and their availability to supervise you.

Step 3: Prepare supporting documentation

  • Research Proposal. Download the Research proposal template (Word 308KB)
  • Evidence of academic background  
    • Academic transcripts and completion certificates (transcripts must include a Key to Grading) - Please note, for studies completed outside of Australia you must provide certified copies of documents in the original language and an official English translation.
    • Formal notification from the qualifying university stating the allocation of marks to research component of a degree where not evident on the transcript
    • If transferring from another Australian university, a statement from your current/former university stating HDR candidature consumed to date, probationary or confirmed status, and tuition fee type
  • Evidence of research publications/experience
    • For example - Abstract (in English), details of publication, copy of the front page of the article/paper, link to article's location
  • Evidence of citizenship or Australian Permanent Residency
    • Birth certificate, passport, citizenship certificate, or visa
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (required for applicants who are not from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America)

Step 4: Complete and submit an application form

Domestic applicants (Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Australian permanent residents)

  • Domestic applicants apply online. You will be asked to upload your supporting documents to this system. If you need to provide the original or certified copies of documents, you can provide a copy via the online system in the first instance, then, you must also post hard-copies to the address below.

International applicants

Mailing Address

Graduate Research School
ML 26
University of the Sunshine Coast
Locked Bag 4
Maroochydore BC
Queensland 4558

Courier or Registered Post Address

Graduate Research School
ML 26
University of the Sunshine Coast
Loading Dock - Resources Building 
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs
Queensland 4556

Additional information

  • Scholarship applications - if you are applying for a HDR Scholarship, please check the scholarship closing dates and ensure you read through the scholarship application requirements prior to submitting your admissions application.
  • Additional information is available for International students.
  • Only complete applications will be considered (including original or certified copies of supporting documents for international applicants).
  • Complete applications take approximately 6-8 weeks to be processed (this may vary during peak periods).
  • Applications can be accepted at any time, however applications must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the nominated commencement date.
  • International applicants should be mindful of extra time required to organise a visa when nominating a commencement date and should allow an additional 3 months.
Admission process
  •  The Graduate Research School receives the complete application:
    • Domestic applications
      1. Are sent to the enrolling School for their assessment and admission decision
      2. The School returns their admission decision to the Graduate Research School which advises the student if they have been accepted for admission(by issuing a Letter of Offer and a Description of Candidature), or if they have been unsuccessful
      3. Successful applicants provide the Graduate Research School with their Acceptance of Offer
      4. The Graduate Research School advises Student Services and Engagement to enrol the student
      5. Student Services and Engagement provides the student with their enrollment and system access details
    • International applications
      1. Are sent to USC International for assessment of international qualifications and English language proficiency
      2. Forwarded to the enrolling School for an assessment and admission decision.
      3. The School returns their admission decision to the Graduate Research School, which then liaises with USC International to issue an offer to successful applicants, or
      4. The Graduate Research School advises unsuccessful applicants.
      5. Successful applicants advise USC International if they accept the offer
      6. The Graduate Research School advises Student Services and Engagement to enrol the student
      7. Student Services and Engagement advises the student of their enrolment and provides system access details

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