Collaborating with the world
Collaborative research opportunities at Griffith open doors to greater innovation and discovery for our higher degree researchers, who are ready to think globally and discover new world solutions.
At Griffith, you'll gain all the advantages of studying at a research-intensive university that fosters industry, community, government, national and international research collaborations—offering you an alternative university experience.
Why study at Griffith?
Ranked in the top 3% of Universities worldwide*
Griffith is ranked among some of the best universities in the world in terms of research publication output, its research community, and international partnerships. It is one of only three universities in South East Queensland to be listed in the Top 500.* 2015 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, QS World University Rankings, University Ranking by Academic Performance, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the CWTS Leiden Ranking.
We're located in Queensland Australia
Located on the east coast of Australia in Queensland’s south-east corner, Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is widely known as a lifestyle destination. With its subtropical climate, public open spaces and dynamic urban experiences, our region has a lifestyle that promotes innovation and education — a perfect setting for a dynamic and progressive institution such as Griffith University.
Applying to Griffith
At Griffith University, we understand that everyone’s experience is different. If you’re ready to take your research studies or career to the next level, whatever your circumstances, we can help you achieve your goals.
Whether you're beginning your research study or continuing at a higher level, our degrees provide a unique opportunity to follow a specific interest in a particular research area.
Discover your pathway to Griffith
Griffith offers multiple pathways to a PhD or other doctoral degrees, provided you gain the necessary academic qualifications with at least 40 credit points of research component, and have achieved specific thesis and GPA requirements, or equivalent.
Doctor of Philosophy
The PhD is Griffith’s premier research training degree. It is awarded for a thesis (or a series of published papers), drafted under supervision, which makes an original, significant, and extensive contribution to knowledge and understanding in your field of study.
Doctor of Philosophy (by prior publication)
This degree can offer you formal recognition for your work if you are an established researcher and do not already hold a doctoral level qualification.
Doctor of Medicine / Doctor of Philosophy concurrent pathway
The PhD will allow you to complete the first two years of the Doctor of Medicine program before commencing two years of full time PhD work in clinical research.
These are integrated degrees of professional and research work, and include doctoral level coursework associated with a thesis.
Master of Philosophy
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is awarded for a thesis, drafted under supervision, which presents original research and demonstrates both knowledge of a research topic and discipline. It is shorter than a PhD and offered across all schools.
Specialist Masters by Research
These are specialist degrees which combine coursework with professional and/or artistic practice.
Graduate Diploma of Research Studies
The Graduate Diploma of Research Studies provides a Griffith pathway to a PhD or MPhil for applicants who do not possess the required qualifications for direct admission. These are offered in specific disciplines.
- Graduate Diploma of Arts Research Studies
- Graduate Diploma of Criminological Research Studies
- Graduate Diploma of Health Research
- Graduate Diploma of Law Research Studies
- Graduate Diploma of Research Studies in Business
- Graduate Diploma of Research Studies in Engineering
- Graduate Diploma of Research Studies in Environment
- Graduate Diploma of Research Studies in Information Technology
- Graduate Diploma of Research Studies in Science
- Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts Research Studies
Research study abroad
International students currently enrolled in a research degree in a university overseas may undertake a research project at Griffith University for one to three semesters, under the research study abroad program.
You’ll be able to study in any research area, provided supervision and resources are available. Credit gained at Griffith is transferred toward the degree at your home institution, with that institution’s agreement.
A joint doctoral program allows you to undertake research at Griffith University and one of our partner universities.
Griffith offers a joint degree with the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Students undergo a five-year program commencing with one year of coursework training at UCAS, followed by a four-year research program at both UCAS and Griffith.
The 2016 GU-UCAS application round for Griffith University will open soon.
Choose your path to a PhD or other doctoral degree
Approved programs for this pathway
- Arts, Education and Law Pathways to PhD
- Griffith Business School Pathways to PhD
- Griffith Health Pathways to PhD
- Griffith Science Pathways to PhD
Fees and financial support
Australian (domestic) candidates are any applicants who are: Australian citizens; or New Zealand citizens residing in Australia; or holders of an Australian permanent residency visa; or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.
If you are a domestic candidate applying for a doctorate or masters by research, you are currently exempt from tuition fees under the federal government’s Research Training Program. You will need to consider additional study costs such as personal study materials and some support services.
Note. Doctor of Philosophy (by Prior Publication), Master of Science, and Graduate Diploma of Research Studies candidates are required to pay tuition fees.
International candidates are any applicants who are not Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian Permanent Residents, or a holder of an Australian Permanent Humanitarian visa.
International candidates study on a fee-paying basis and they must pay the full costs of their education through tuition fees, either directly or through a third party (sponsor, government, or scholarship). International candidates will also need to consider living costs associated with studying in Australia, such as living expenses and accommodation.
Discover a scholarship that's right for you
Scholarships are offered to domestic and international doctorate or masters by research applicants in two competitive application rounds each year.
The annual scholarship round is now open.
Research Training Program Stipend
This living allowance scholarship is available to any new research candidate, in any academic discipline. It is funded by the Australian Government to provide financial support to exceptional candidates.
Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship
This living allowance scholarship is available to any new research candidate, in any academic discipline. It is funded by Griffith University to high-achieving research candidates.
RTP International Fee Offset Scholarship
This tuition fee scholarship is available to any new international postgraduate research candidate, in any academic discipline. It is funded by the Australian Government to encourage candidates with academic merit to undertake research degrees in Australia.
Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship
This tuition fee scholarship is available to any new international postgraduate research candidate, in any academic discipline. It is funded by Griffith University.
1. Download the application guide
This guide outlines additional information required for you to successfully submit an online application.
2. Application help
If you have any application issues, help is available.
Griffith Graduate Research School
3. Apply online
You'll be guided step-by-step through the application process and be able to upload required supporting documentation, nominate referees and supervisors.