Higher Degrees by Research

Our Centre provides an innovative, supportive and fun research training environment, where research students work alongside senior researchers.

Our research training activities include:

  • regular seminars
  • masterclasses with visiting scholars
  • reading groups
  • an annual Robotic Vision Summer School that attracts PhD students from around the world
  • exchanges and visiting fellowship opportunities with our partner organisations and partner universities nationally and internationally.

How to join us 

Step 1. Choose a pathway 

Your first step is to joining us as a research student is to choose your degree pathway. You can find out more about QUT’s research degree requirements, conditions and application details here: 

Step 2. Explore our topic areas 

You can view the current PhD opportunities and topics relating to our five research programs here or view by program below:

Find out more about our research programs, meet the team members and read about the projects they are working on:

Step 3. Let us know you’re interested 

Due to the volume of PhD enquiries we receive, we have a streamlined process for expressing your interest to study with us. 

If you haven’t already, you can send us your CV using the contact form below – that’s all you need to do at this stage. 

If you don’t hear from us, you can assume that we don’t currently have any suitable PhD openings, or that we do not have a suitable potential PhD position for you. This applies whether this is an unsolicited application or whether you are responding to a specific call for PhD applications. 

If we follow up with you, that is the time at which we can engage in more detailed discussion about eligibility, timing, application processes etc… 

Submit your CV 

    Please select which research program you are interested in. Further details can be found above:

    Step 4. Submit an expression of interest (EOI) via the QUT website

     If we have a suitable PhD opening for you, we will ask that you complete an EOI via StudyLink (the QUT online research application portal).  

    In your EOI you need to outline your research interests and experience, and academic results.  You will also need to provide personal information and brief details about your research project (no more than 100 words per item) including:

    • project objectives
    • overview of research topic
    • proposed methods
    • potential for industry engagement (if relevant)
    • previous research experience
    • alignment to QUT research priorities.

    Once your completed EOI is received, we can then determine if there is supervisory capacity to support your research. If your application is supported and you are eligible for entry into your chosen course, you will then receive a formal invitation to apply. Upon receipt of this invitation you may then prepare and submit a formal application to QUT. Visit our FAQ’s if you need help completing the form.

    Step 5. Develop your research proposal and submit along with your application

    Using the SEF research proposal template, work with your nominated supervisor to align your proposal with the established discipline requirements. Your research proposal should be a maximum of 2 to 3 pages in length and needs to be submitted as a part of your formal application.  You should expect to hear back within 6-8 weeks of submitting your application.