How to apply

Why do HDR at JCU?

Explore your Higher Degree by Research (HDR) options

Steps to applying for a Higher Degree by Research

Step 1: Check your eligibility

Check your eligibility for a Higher Degree by Research at JCU:

Step 2: Identify a research topic

Search for Available Projects or if you have your own project idea, go to step 3.

Step 3: Search for an Advisor

Use the University’s Research Portfolio to help you find an advisor. Try entering key words relating to your project/area of expertise in the search function. You can also view the JCU Register of Advisors. If you are unable to find an advisor you can submit an Expression of Interest for a Higher Degree by Research to assist in matching you with an advisor.

Download the Expression of Interest for Higher Degree by Research.

Step 4: Prepare your documentation


  • APP-FORM-01 Higher Degree by Research Application
  • Transcripts and testamurs for all qualifications completed or currently underway
  • Proof of citizenship or residency in the form of a passport, birth certificate or visa
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)


Step 5: Apply

Complete APP-FORM-01 Higher Degree by Research Application Form and ensure that you have your other documents ready as listed in Step 4.

Select your course code from the Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy pages and hit 'Apply' to go to the Online Application Portal. Within the portal, follow the prompts under 'My Course Applications.'

Send the link for submission of Referee Reports to your two nominated referees. These should be referees who are able to provide information about you in an academic or professional context, such as previous research advisors/supervisors, lecturers, teachers or employers.

Online Application Portal

Get in touch with the Graduate Research School