Start your research journey

Ready for a challenge? Work with leading academics and complete a major research thesis through independent research of a subject you’re passionate about.

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Benefits of a research degree

A research degree might just be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. You’ll challenge yourself to solve real-world problems and make a difference in your field, undertaking independent research on a topic of your choice.

If you’ve completed a bachelor or higher degree, you can apply to a research degree. The benefits of a research degree are:

Career opportunities

Become an expert in your field to explore new specialisations and interests.

Make a difference

Work alongside our team to tackle significant social and scientific challenges you care about.

Leading researchers

Work with world-class academics who can support you through your studies.

What’s it like to be a research student?

Postgraduate research is not easy, but if you're committed to your research topic and have the determination and motivation you need, completing your thesis can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Find out more about life as a research student.

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Research institutes

Discover our range of multidisciplinary research projects and how we’re working to shape a better future.

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Am I eligible?

To apply for a postgraduate research degree, you need to provide evidence of your academic or professional accomplishments. This comes with some requirements, depending on your experience and background. Find out more about entry requirements.

How do I begin my research journey?

Your research journey starts with two things: a topic you're inspired by and a supervisor to support you throughout the course of your research.

Choose a research topic

You'll be investing a lot of time and effort into your research, so it's important that your topic inspires you and will keep you motivated throughout your research journey.

How to choose a research topic

Find a supervisor

Your choice of supervisor is one of the most important decisions you will make as a research candidate. We recommend that you speak to a potential supervisor at Murdoch before you apply.

How to find a supervisor

International Students 

Prospective international research applicants are required to complete and submit an EOI in Higher Degree Research Candidature form before applying for admission. 

The information you provide will be used to assess your qualifications and suitability to undertake higher degree research and the Graduate Research Office capacity to provide you with an advisory team, research facilities, project funds and general infrastructure and support services. 

If your expression of interest is successful, you will be invited to  submit a formal application

Ready to apply?

If your degree involves a standalone research project, such as a PhD, you can apply to start at any time. If your degree includes coursework, you’ll need to apply to start at the beginning of the relevant semester. Find out more about applying for a research degree.

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