Program eligibility

The qualifications listed in the table below are a rough guide to help you determine the right research degree for you, please visit degrees.griffith.edu.au to view detailed admission requirements for each program.

Research program Qualifications required
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)A bachelors degree with first-class or second-class honours (Division A), or a masters degree incorporating a significant research component with equivalent grades (GPA of at least 5.5, and a grade of 6.0 for the research component on a 7.0 point scale).
Doctor of Philosophy (by Prior Publication)Established researcher of international standing in the respective field on the basis of an ongoing record of academic work, and for who admission to the PhD program is inappropriate; and have a portfolio of high quality publications that meet the program criteria.
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical PsychologyA bachelors degree in psychology with first-class or second-class honours (Division A), or a masters degree in psychology incorporating a significant research component with equivalent grades (GPA of at least 5.5, and a grade of 6.0 for the research component on a 7.0 point scale). Qualifications must be accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Note: Admission is restricted to candidates who are registered Psychologists or who are eligible for probationary registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
Doctor of Philosophy in Organisational PsychologyA bachelors degree with first-class or second-class honours (Division A), or a masters degree incorporating a significant research component with equivalent grades (GPA of at least 5.5, and a grade of 6.0 for the research component on a 7.0 point scale).
Note: Admission is restricted to candidates who are registered Psychologists or who are eligible for probationary registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of PhilosophyA numerical score equivalent to a Distinction for year 1 of the Doctor of Medicine program; and a bachelors degree with first-class or second-class honours (Division A), or a masters degree incorporating a significant research component with equivalent grades (GPA of at least 5.5, and a grade of 6.0 for the research component on a 7.0 point scale).
Research Study Abroad (Non-Award)Enrolled in a Doctoral program in an overseas institution.
Doctor of EducationA bachelors degree with first-class or second-class honours (Division A), or a masters degree incorporating a significant research component with equivalent grades (GPA of at least 5.5, and a grade of 6.0 for the research component on a 7.0 point scale), and professional engagement pertinent to the degree of at least 3 years.
Doctor of Musical ArtsA bachelors degree with first-class or second-class honours (Division A), or a masters degree incorporating a significant research component with equivalent grades (GPA of at least 5.5, and a grade of 6.0 for the research component on a 7.0 point scale), and normally professional experience pertinent to the degree of at least 5 years.
Doctor of Visual ArtsA bachelors degree with first-class or second-class honours (Division A), or a masters degree incorporating a significant research component with equivalent grades (GPA of at least 5.5, and a grade of 6.0 for the research component on a 7.0 point scale).
Master of PhilosophyA bachelors degree with second-class honours (Division B), or a masters degree incorporating a significant research component with equivalent grades (GPA of at least 5.0, and a grade of 5.0 for the research component on a 7.0 point scale).
Master of Arts ResearchA postgraduate qualification with a GPA of at least 5.0 (on a 7.0 point scale), or a bachelors degree with second-class honours (Division B). Qualification must be in a related discipline.
Master of Education and Professional Research StudiesA postgraduate qualification with a GPA of at least 5.0 (on a 7.0 point scale), or a bachelors degree with second-class honours (Division B). Qualification must be in a related discipline.
Master of Medical ResearchA Bachelor degree in medical science, biological science, pharmaceutical science or a related health discipline with a GPA of at least 5.0 (on a 7.0 point scale) or equivalent.
Master of Music ResearchA Bachelor of Music degree with second-class honours (Division B) or a postgraduate qualification in music with appropriate professional experience.
Master of ScienceA Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology in a relevant science discipline with a GPA of at least 5.0 (on a 7.0 point scale) or equivalent.
Master of Visual ArtsA bachelor degree with second-class honours (Division B) or an equivalent 4 year bachelor degree in an appropriate visual art or design discipline. Practitioners with substantial experience and a corresponding exhibition record will be considered.
Master of Design (Research)A postgraduate qualification with a GPA of at least 5.0 (on a 7.0 point scale), or a bachelors degree with second-class honours (Division B). Qualification must be in a related discipline.

Research component

The research component of your prior qualification needs to equate to at least one full-time equivalent semester of research. For example, if you have completed a one year Masters degree 50% of the program content must be research, or if you have completed a two year Masters degree 25% of the program content must be research. At Griffith University this equates to 40 Credit Points (CP) of research. The research must have resulted in the completion of a major piece of supervised by essentially independent research and writing that has been formally examined. The research component may also comprise of a smaller research dissertation (30CP) plus a research methods course (10CP).

Discover your admission pathway

Griffith offers multiple admission 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.

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

Research pathways

A list of programs at Griffith University which provide a pathway to a Doctoral degree is available for each Academic Group