Research Training

Research training in the DMRC

The QUT Digital Media Research Centre provides a stimulating and supportive research training environment, where Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students work alongside senior researchers to address emerging challenges and help solve practical problems.

In addition to formal coursework in research methods, our research training activities include:

  • Regular seminars and public lectures
  • Masterclasses with visiting scholars
  • Reading groups
  • An annual DMRC Summer School attracting PhD students from around the world
  • Exchanges and visiting fellowships with the DMRC’s partner organisations and partner universities nationally and internationally
  • An online course on social media analytics.

How to join us

If you are interested in studying with us, please complete our online DMRC Supervision Enquiry form. Given the volume of requests for supervision, DMRC supervisors will only review formal requests made through this form. For this reason, we kindly request that you do not contact potential DMRC supervisors directly. If you are unable to access the online form, please contact

Before you begin this form, make sure you are familiar with the DMRC’s mission, priorities, and programs.

  • Continue browsing our website, including the details about our research programs. Also check out our student topics and areas where we are particularly interested in finding new research students.
  • Visit QUT’s general information about entry requirements to QUT’s PhD and MPhil programs.

Once your form and supporting documents are submitted, we will contact your proposed supervisor/s to review your request. You will receive a response from the DMRC once your request has been reviewed. If your request is supported, you will be advised to apply for a research degree by submitting a formal expression of interest to the university.

The DMRC has a number of scholarships available:

  • The HDR Annual Scholarship Round (ASR) is now open for prospective PhD or MPhil students interested in joining our DMRC research community. The ASR is accepting applications for the 2024 intake from May 1, 2023. For students interested in requesting supervision with a DMRC researcher, please complete our online request for supervision form. Once paired with a supervisor, please then submit your official scholarship application here.
  • Three PhD scholarships available to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Areas of study that align with this opportunity include: media studies, communication, digital media studies, journalism, news, visual communication, Indigenous methodologies, visual sovereignty and social media. Read more information here.