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:

  • internal and external seminars
  • masterclasses with visiting scholars
  • reading groups
  • developmental workshops
  • access to significant formal and informal mentoring opportunities
  • exchanges and visiting fellowship opportunities with our partner organisations and partner universities nationally and internationally.
  • industry and government project opportunities

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: 

You can also read the overview of the process for applying here.

The next round of applications for PhD scholarships closes on September 8th, 2021. EOIs must be submitted by this date.

Step 2. Explore our topic areas and identify a supervisor

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. Contact Your Proposed Supervisor

Send your CV and a brief description of your proposed PhD topic to the relevant academic (named in the research programs and also listed here). Unfortunately, because we receive a very large number of applications each year, we can’t respond to every enquiry. So 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. 

Otherwise, your proposed supervisor will get in touch with you and work with you to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via the QUT website.

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.

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 (requires a little more detail). Visit our FAQ’s if you need help completing the form.

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

Using the Faculty of Engineering 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.