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Research Degrees

Admission to Candidature
Fees
Scholarships
Scholarships Application Process
Deadlines
Additional Information
Master of Philosophy Preliminary Program


Local Higher Degree Research students are funded for the maximum regulation term of study through the Commonwealth’s Research Training (RTS) Scheme, which includes funding for fee-exempt places for eligible local students. After the regulation period covered by RTS has lapsed, candidates who have not completed their research degrees may be required to pay tuition fees, as set by the University Research Committee (URC). Please Note: funding does not refer to coursework components of the combined Master of Psychology/Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Continuation of Candidature is dependent upon the candidate adhering to the Research Higher Degree Regulations and maintaining satisfactory academic progress including through the satisfactory completion of the annual Academic Progress Report (APR). The APR process will provide the opportunity for the candidate and Principal/Co-Supervisors, Head of School and Associate Dean (Research) to note comments in regards to the candidate’s progress.

Admission to Candidature

Application forms for admission are available from the Graduate Research Studies or by email from res.cand@acu.edu.au. Further information can be obtained from the sources listed above or by contacting your local Graduate Research Studies Office.

Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents apply directly to the relevant state Graduate Research Studies state office.

ACT and New South Wales Graduate Research Studies Office

Email: NSW.Cand@acu.edu.au

Telephone: (+ 61 2) 9739 2588 Facsimile: (+ 61 2) 9739 2870

Queensland Graduate Research Studies Office

Email: QLD.Cand@acu.edu.au

Telephone: (+ 61 7) 3623 7294 Facsimile: (+ 61 7) 3623 7328

Victoria Graduate Research Studies Office

Email: VIC.Cand@acu.edu.au

Telephone: (+ 61 3) 9953 3156 Facsimile: (+ 61 3) 9953 3315

International students please note that applications are lodged through the International Office

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Fees

Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents undertaking Research Higher Degrees, except the Master of Philosophy Preliminary Program, may be eligible for RTS places which cover the tuition fees of the University.

International students who are not awarded an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship pay full international tuition fees.

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Scholarships

Postgraduate Research Scholarships for Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents
Applications are welcomed for the following awards:

  1. ACU Postgraduate Awards (ACUPA) with stipend. This is an ACU Award based on competitive academic results from an Australian university or equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas university.
  2. Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) with stipend. This is a Commonwealth Government Award based on competitive academic results. APA applicants must hold First Class Honours (H1) or equivalent to apply from an Australian university or from a recognised overseas university.

Postgraduate Research Scholarships for International Students
Applications are welcomed from international students for the following postgraduate award:

  1. International Postgraduate Research Scholarships are awarded for research study and cover the full tuition costs only. The awards are normally for three years. Applications are open to citizens of all overseas countries (except New Zealand), who are commencing full-time research in the year following application, for a higher degree by research. Successful applicants will also receive a stipend from ACU to assist with living costs.

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Scholarships Application Process

Candidates apply for a Scholarship on the Scholarship Application form available from the Graduate Research Studies or by requesting a form by email to res.cand@acu.edu.au.

Applicants for an APA stipend must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status. A student who is unable to undertake full-time postgraduate study for compelling personal reasons (excluding employment) may be eligible to be considered for a part-time APA with stipend. The compelling personal reasons must be documented at the time of application.

International students will be ranked on the equivalence of their qualifications through the NOOSR guidelines in a competitive merit based ranking process.

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Deadlines

All scholarship applications close on 31 October of each year. Decisions regarding Postgraduate Research Scholarships are normally made at the end of each calendar year. Late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

Further information regarding postgraduate research scholarships may be obtained from the Graduate Research Studies, by email to res.cand@acu.edu.au or by contacting the Graduate Research Studies office in your state.

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Additional Information

Candidate’s are admitted to undertake one of the following research degrees in fields of study relevant to the expertise and strength of the University as set out in the Research Expertise Register.

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Master of Philosophy Preliminary Program

This program, which is currently under review, is intended for applicants who wish to study at master’s level but do not meet the entry requirements. There is no degree awarded for this preliminary program, which is available at all campuses, either full-time or part-time, for a maximum of 2 semesters (FT) or 4 semesters (PT).

It is expected that applicants will already hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have completed studies relevant to their field of interest.

International applicants are not eligible for entry to this program.

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