Research higher degree

UQ offers research higher degree (RHD) studies in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil). Career paths for students with RHD qualifications include university teaching and research, industry and private companies, research and development.

The Faculty of Science has a strong interest and success in commercialisation of its intellectual property and student participation has been an important factor in this process.

On average, the PhD takes four (4) years to complete while the MPhil takes two (2) years.

Undertaking a research higher degree (PhD or MPhil) requires a much greater commitment of time than a coursework degree – at least 36 hours per week for 48 weeks of the year. It is equivalent to full-time employment in terms of the commitment of hours.

Entry requirements

The different nature of research higher degrees mean that, at UQ, selection for candidature is more like selection for employment than application for studying coursework. The UQ Graduate School administers the MPhil and PhD programs, awards scholarships for research higher degrees, oversees submission and assessment of theses and provides a range of services to promote graduate study at UQ. For further information including how to apply and find a supervisor visit


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