Higher Degrees by Research

A postgraduate research degree at UQ is known as a Higher Degree by Research (HDR).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)  

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an internationally recognised graduate research program that will enable you to become an independent researcher.  

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) 

With guidance from your advisory team, you will undertake a significant research project and complete a 40,000-word thesis and an oral examination. 


Graduates from diverse backgrounds are welcome to apply to undertake a HDR program, including: pharmacy, allied health, health sciences, medicine, physical and life sciences, engineering, and social sciences.

Our HDR programs provide you with opportunities to develop advanced research skills and knowledge, to progress your career to higher levels. You will develop skills in high demand for careers related to the pharmaceutical industry, biomedical research, government agencies, clinical pharmacy, and academia.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear from industry and academic leaders about opportunities after graduation and to further develop your professional network by attending exclusive HDR student events.

How to apply

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program pages provide information about entry requirements, scholarships, fees and costs, and the application process.

    Finding a supervisor

    The key first step of any application is to find a supervisor.
    Prospective HDR students can work with our academic staff on developing a project tailored to their research passion in one of our research areas. Please email the academic staff member directly and ask if they are available as an adviser for your proposed HDR program. All applicants require the support of an academic staff member as an adviser before proceeding with a formal application.
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    The School of Pharmacy offers a number of scholarships for HDR students. Learn more about UQ Graduate School scholarships for HDR students and how to apply.

    Find a scholarship

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