Research study

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.

A research-intensive university

A richer learning experience

Learn from more than 1,700 experts across a broad range of disciplines who will help you pursue your research interests.

Scholarships

We offer over 300 higher degree research scholarships each year to help you with the cost of living for the duration of your research study.

Research centres and institutes

Explore multidisciplinary collaborations with researchers across our 30+ research centres and institutes, exploring extensive varied discipline areas.

Research support

You'll be supported with research training workshops and a comprehensive suite of library services ranging from research and data management tools to extensive borrowing privileges.

Research infrastructure

We're building research and teaching infrastructure based on areas of strategic priority. With $320 million being invested in campus developments over the next five years, you'll benefit from world-class research and teaching facilities.

Applying to Griffith

Take your research or career to the next level.

Research collaborators

Listen to our leading researchers and the PhD candidates they're supervising talk about their research and the benefits of their ongoing collaborations.

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.

Find out more about Life at Griffith

The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most iconic destinations. Located at Southport, the Gold Coast campus is our largest and offers research in almost all disciplines.

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Griffith’s five university campuses are located throughout South East Queensland, hosting more than 40,000 students and offering you an enriching university experience.

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Research supervision

With over 1,400 experts conducting research across all major academic disciplines in schools, research institutes and centres, Griffith researchers provide multidisciplinary and practical solutions for industry, government and community.

Find your research supervisor

Griffith expert

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.

Research degrees

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.

Discover your Griffith pathway

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.

Learn more about PhDs

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.

Learn more about PhDs by prior publication

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.

Learn more about concurrent pathways to a PhD

Professional Doctorates

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.

Learn more about the MPhil

Specialist Masters by Research

These are specialist degrees which combine coursework with professional and/or artistic practice.

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.

Learn more about research study abroad

Joint PhD

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.

Learn more about research study abroad

Choose your path to a PhD or other doctoral degree

  • Bachelor Degree

    AQF 73 or 4 years2
  • Bachelor Honours

    with Class I or IIA

    AQF 84+ Years8
  • Bachelor Honours

    with Class IIB

    AQF 84+ Years3
  • Bachelor Honours

    with Class III

    AQF 84+ Years4
  • Bachelor Honours

    with Class I or IIA

    AQF 84+ years8
  • Bachelor Honours

    with Class IIB

    AQF 84+ Years3
  • Bachelor Honours

    with Class III

    AQF 84+ Years4
  • Graduate Certificate

    No Research

    AQF 86-12 Months6
  • Graduate Diploma

    No Research

    AQF 81-2 Years6
  • Graduate Diploma

    Research Studies

    AQF 81-2 Years5
  • Masters Degree

    Coursework - Insufficient research

    AQF 91-2 Years3
  • Masters Degree

    Coursework - Research component

    AQF 91-2 Years5
  • Masters Degree

    Research

    AQF 9 1-2 Years8
  • Masters Degree

    Research

    AQF 9 1-2 Years8
  • Graduate Diploma

    Research Studies

    AQF 81-2 Years8
  • Masters Degree

    Coursework - Research component

    AQF 91-2 Years5
  • Doctoral Qualification

    including PhD

    AQF 10 3-4 Years
  • Masters Degree

    Research

    AQF 91-2 Years8
  • Masters Degree

    Coursework - Research component

    AQF 91-2 Years7
  • Graduate Diploma

    Research Studies

    AQF 81-2 Years7
  • Masters Degree

    Research

    AQF 9 1-2 Years8
  • Doctoral Qualification

    including PhD

    AQF 10 3-4 Years
  • Masters Degree

    Research

    AQF 91-2 Years8
  • Doctoral Qualification

    including PhD

    AQF 10 3-4 Years

Approved programs for this pathway

Australian Qualifications Framework

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.

Find out more about fees for domestic students

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.

Find out more about fees for international students

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 mid-year scholarship round is now open.

Living allowance

All candidates

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.

Scholarship details

Living allowance

All 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.

Scholarship details

Tuition fee

International 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.

Scholarship details

Tuition fee

International candidates

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.

Scholarship details

Other scholarships

Other higher degree by research scholarships are offered for research projects and in specific disciplines. These scholarships are funded by specific Griffith academic areas or external funding bodies.

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Application process

1. Download the application guide

This guide outlines additional information required for you to successfully submit an online application.

Application Guide (1.6mb)

2. Application help

If you have any application issues, help is available.

Self help videos

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.

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Achieve your goals at Griffith, study a research degree.