Indigenous Studies Research Network

Prospective students

Master of Philosophy

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a great option if you are interested in building your research skills while setting yourself up for the opportunity to advance to a PhD. Our Master of Philosophy is personalised and innovatively designed to recognise the broad diversity of applicants' skills and background experiences, understanding each student has unique career aspirations. Each of our faculties offers a Master of Philosophy, but if you're not sure what you'd like to specialise in there is also the option of a non-specialised degree.

Why do a Master of Philosophy?

  • Complete a university-wide degree that gives you access to expertise from all our faculties and research areas.
  • Tailor your learning opportunities to your skills, experience and career goals. A research degree skills audit allows you and your supervisors to identify skills and align them with research and employment goals.
  • Be exposed to transdisciplinary concepts and engage with other students across all disciplines with a cohort approach to learning.
  • Engage with end users and acquire knowledge in areas that are seen as critical requirements to progress into the research workforce.
  • Benefit from the support of experienced researchers who can guide and mentor your work and provide the best possible training foundation for future admission into a PhD.

Learn more about a Master of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

A PhD challenges you to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in your field by developing new ideas, or new ways of approaching existing problems. Through the course of your PhD, you will help develop new theories, methodologies and models that may shape the future of your profession or discipline.

Why do a PhD?

  • Make a significant original contribution to your field
  • Pursue a career in industry, government or academia
  • You are self-motivated and able to commit to a large-scale project over several years.

Learn more about a PhD


We're conducting world-leading, outcomes-focused research at the intersection of traditional disciplines. Recognised as a leader in this transdisciplinary approach, we are at the nerve centre of progressive research - an exciting and rewarding place to be.

Learn more about QUT Research.

Faculty Vacation Research Experience Scheme

QUT’s Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES) gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work on a research project for approximately 6-10 weeks. Each faculty offers a number of placements during the summer holidays, applications open from July each year. Find out more about the VRES or speak to your faculty office.

Student Support

Students have access to a culturally safe, study space equipped with computers, printers and kitchen facilities. The Indigenous Postgraduate Programs Officer is a dedicated staff member within the IREU that provides support to all research students at QUT. This includes:

  • advice on enrolment and supervisory matters
  • working direct with faculties to ensure smooth enrolment and completion
  • providing support to students
  • scholarship and financial assistance
  • sroviding 24hr access to IREU’s student space
  • hosting student functions including morning teas and lunches.

If you are interested in studying at QUT and would like more information, please contact the Indigenous Postgraduate Programs Officer

Financial Support

If you are an Australian, New Zealand citizen or a permanent visa holder, you are not required to pay tuition fees for a research degree in Australia, as long as you completed your degree within;

  • 4 years full-time (or equivalent) for doctoral students (PhD and professional doctorate)
  • 2 years full-time (or equivalent) for research masters students.

During these periods, your tuition fees are covered under the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP)

If you are considering a change of institutes, you may be eligible to transfer your Australian Government Research Training Program. For more about transferring please contact


All QUT HDR students are entitled to financial support from their faculty to assist with their research. This may include but not limited to travel costs, training courses and proof reading assistance.


Students who receive ABSTUDY may be eligible for financial assistance during their candidature including publishing and relocation allowances. To find out more about Centrelink please follow the link Centrelink allowances.


QUT’s official scholarship round runs from 1-30 September each year for research scholarships. September scholarship round enquiries can be directed to

QUT Equity Services also have a Scholarships Scheme available to eligible undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and postgraduate research students, more details can be found at QUT Equity Scholarships.

However, there are also a wide variety of scholarships for Research students external to QUT which can be found at Scholarship information.

Application process

Applying for a research degree can be confusing. To help with the process we’ve broken down the process into steps. Please follow the link to learn more about apply for a Research Degree.
If you want to talk about your research project, preparing a research proposal, or need help finding a potential supervisor, contact the office in the faculty.