The academic year is divided into research quarters for higher degree by research (HDR) students. 

  • Research quarter 1: 1 January - 31 March​
  • Research quarter 2: 1 April - 30 June
  • Research quarter 3: 1 July - 30 September
  • Research quarter 4: 1 October - 31 December

Research quarter commencement dates

Research quarterStart date of quarterLast commencement date for international studentsDue date for payment of chargesLast commencement date for domestic studentsCensus date / final date to cancel without financial penaltyEnd date of quarter
RQ1 *1 Jan14 Jan15 Jan31 Jan1 Feb31 Mar
RQ21 Apr14 Apr15 Apr30 Apr1 May30 Jun
RQ3 *1 Jul14 Jul15 Jul31 Jul1 Aug30 Sep
RQ41 Oct14 Oct15 Oct31 Oct1 Nov31 Dec

Scholarship rounds

Commencement in a research quarter is fixed to a specific period and must be finalised by Census Date.

International students are required to have a specified agreed start date for their higher degree by research program, and this must be within the first 14 days of a research quarter. This is due to UQ’s obligations under Australian law.

The agreed start date will be specified in your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), which is used for Student visa applications and is recorded with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 

An international student who is unable to commence within the first two weeks of a research quarter, for example due to a delay in the visa application process, can contact the Graduate School to negotiate a new agreed start date prior to Census Date or a delayed commencement and a deferral of offer(s).

Census Date is the date by which all of your enrolment requirements must be finalised for a period of study (e.g. a semester or research quarter).

Note that Census Date is different from the date that your fees are due. All fees must be paid by the due date for payment of charges (see above table), including the SSAF. Payments made after this date will incur a late fee.

If a thesis is submitted after Census Date, you will remain fee liable for that research quarter.