Doctor of Philosophy (Indigenous)

Be on the leading edge of Indigenous research. Develop confidence in navigating Indigenous and non-Indigenous standpoints, creating new approaches to complex issues.

Structured support

Progress your research through a series of structured intensives

Highly experienced supervisors

Navigate Indigenous – Western knowledge intersections with expert advisors

Indigenous research excellence

Research topics that benefit community


Students can commence research studies at any time throughout the year


Course fees are not applicable for Domestic students


4 years full-time

Entry Requirements

Previous research qualification or equivalent

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Real stories

  • Master of Philosophy (Indigenous) student Georgia Storm


    Georgia Storm

    Master of Philosophy (Indigenous)

    The intensive workshop has been fantastic. I’ve never had this level of support in any of my previous education. This is an entirely different way of teaching.

  • Headshot of Allie McDowall


    Dr Ailie McDowall

    Higher Degree by Research Coordinator, Indigenous Education and Research Centre

    Our research programs start by engaging students in the problematic body of knowledge that informs disciplinary understandings of Indigenous people. This approach allows research students to develop their own position.

  • JCU senior lecturer from the Indigenous Education and Research Centre, Dr Vincent Backhaus.

    Senior Lecturer

    Dr Vincent Backhaus

    Indigenous Education and Research Centre

    Students work in a collaborative space, not just with their peers but with the advisors. It is dynamic, innovative and very much about the dialogue that happens across a shared space.