Study with Us

 Study with us

The QUT Creative Lab is currently interested in qualified applicants for our Masters and Doctoral research training programs in the performing, creative, and screen arts.

We are transitioning to new primary research programs in late 2019 and are interested in proposals from applicants who are interested in undertaking research in either our previous or upcoming streams.

Emerging Programs:

The Extended Experience – Creative technologies, lived experiences and experimental practices that transform audiences, the arts, the screen, the stage, the page, the museum, the public space and the entertainment.

Transformative Creative Practice – Socially engaged research group producing transformative and impactful research that speaks back to policy and drives community change.

Previous programs:

Experimental Creative Practice, Digital, Screen and Narrative,  Socially and Ecologically Engaged Practice,  Creative Learning and Creative Workforce.

The QUT Creative Lab offers Masters and Doctoral students the opportunity to undertake research in a community with a dynamic, vibrant, and intellectually stimulating research culture, housed at the Creative Industries Precinct on QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus, and join the world-class research projects our Lab members are currently leading.

Applicants with excellent academic track records (equal to an Australian Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours) may be eligible for competitive PhD scholarships to under take study in one of our four programs.

Applications for our Semester 1 2020 Higher Degree Research scholarship round will open on 1 September 2019 and close on 30 September 2019.

Creative Lab Scholarship Opportunities

We have a range of exciting new scholarship opportunities for candidates with an excellent academic track record to work with supervisors who are internationally recognised leaders in their disciplines.

For more information about these specific opportunities please visit the Creative Lab Scholarships page.

How to apply

As a higher degree research student, you will be specialising in your chosen field. Finding the right person to guide you along the way is important.

Prior to contacting your potential supervisor, or the Creative Lab’s HDR Coordinator Sean Maher, we encourage you to take the following steps:

  1. Ensure you meet the entry requirements.
  2. Check to see if you are eligible for a scholarship.
  3. Identify a supervisor.
  4. Contact your prospective supervisor:
    • As an applicant we request that you first email your potential supervisor to discuss your project idea and inquire about their capacity and interest in supervising your project.
    • You must obtain their approval to list their name as a supervisor on your HDR admission application.
  5. We recommend that you send your CV, a completed draft research proposal, and an overview of your interests and previous research experience.

For further information on scholarship application processes and deadlines please visit –

For further information on Creative Industries Faculty research culture, the topics the Creative Industries faculty is seeking in the scholarship round, the application process, and the deadlines please visit –

The regular closing date for applications is 30 September each year.


What we do

The QUT Creative Lab is comprised of an internationally recognised team of research staff and students who employ bold, fresh, creative research to tackle major societal challenges.

Acting as a hub and home for a diverse team of academics, research students, and industry professionals, the QUT Creative Lab supports transdisciplinary collaborations that result in tangible impact and engagement, and which transfer knowledge and technology into beneficial applications for industry and society.

The QUT Creative Lab provides an ideal environment for a dynamic, vibrant and intellectually stimulating research culture to flourish with research staff, post-docs, and higher degree research students working together on related topics with strong mentorship and peer support. All lab members are encouraged and supported to publish their research in high-quality publications.

Some of the benefits that our research students can access, include:

  • Regular research events, public lectures, and master classes;
  • Reading, writing, ideation, and peer support workshops;
  • Discretionary funds to support travel and research expenses;
  • Residencies and placements with the Lab’s industry organisations and partner universities nationally and internationally, and;
  • Social events.

The QUT Creative Lab offers three research degrees:

We are always looking for talented individuals who would like to join our team and conduct higher degree research. You are welcome to propose your own topic and discuss it with us, or consider aligning yourself with one of our research themes or platforms. Explore your options below:

Find a Supervisor
Find a Supervisor
Find a Scholarship
Find a Scholarship
Find a Course
Find a Course

The Higher Degree Research Experience

The Creative Lab continues to produce world-class higher degree research graduates.  Read their stories here:

Grant McLay DCI, School of Creative Practice, Dance
Laura Kenny PhD Candidate, School of Creative Practice, Creative Writing
Jack Williams
Jack Williams PhD Candidate, School of Creative Practice, Music


To discover more about the research training we offer, including consultation, please contact our Higher Degree Research Training Coordinator, Sean Maher. [] [+61 3138 8218]