Before you begin the application process, we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the following:

Why choose UQ   Entry requirements
Scholarships   Career Development Framework

International applicants should also find out about moving to Brisbane, obtaining visas and health cover, and bringing your family.

We have made applying for a higher degree by research as simple as possible. You can apply by following these steps:

2. Prepare your documentation

The following documents are required to support your application:

  • Academic CV
  • Academic transcript for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale
  • Award certificates for all completed post-secondary study
  • Evidence for meeting UQ's English language proficiency requirements
  • Two referee reports from persons who can best comment on your prior research experience. UQ will contact your referees directly, but you will need to enter their details into the application form. 

UQ will accept scanned copies of the above (your) original documents. If you enrol at UQ you must retain your original, hardcopy supporting documentation for the duration of your studies.

Many Schools and Institutes also require a research proposal or pitch, and may have additional requirements. You should contact the Postgraduate Administration Officer in your enrolling School/Institute for further details. 

Other documentation, originals or certified copies, may be required depending on your individual circumstances, for example:

  • A scholarship offer or financial guarantee, if you have already been successful for scholarship or sponsorship
  • Evidence of change of name
  • Proof of citizenship, if you are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand by birth
  • Prior higher degree by research details

Note: If any of your documentation is in a language other than English, UQ will require a copy of the original language document and an officially translated copy.