What is HDR?

A higher degree by research (HDR) is a postgraduate degree which primarily involves completing a supervised project of original research.

Completing an HDR program is your opportunity to make a substantial contribution to, and develop a critical understanding of, a specific discipline or area of professional practice.

The most common HDR program is a Doctor of Philosophy, or PhD, but there are several other higher degrees by research you can choose from, depending on your interests and eligibility.

The Griffith Experience

The Griffith HDR experience

Hear from current PhD and research degree candidates about their experience completing a PhD or research degree at Griffith University.

Griffith Graduate Research School


'My favourite thing about my PhD is that I am able to pursue the research and the questions that I have always wanted answers to. There are not many times in our life that we have the freedom and the flexibility to come to work everyday, enjoy what you are doing and plan your own schedule'

PhD Candidate, Griffith School of Environment

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.

Research centres and institutes

Explore multidisciplinary collaborations with researchers across our 30+ research centres and institutes in extensive and 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.

Highly regarded

Analysis of Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 found 98% of our research outputs were returned in disciplines rated at world standard or above.

Innovative links

Griffith researchers are well connected and collaborative, with over 5,000 national partners and over 200 international research agreements.

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

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