ANU Postgraduate Research - Domestic and International Applications

Postgraduate research, or a higher degree by research (HDR) program, is a research-focused degree usually undertaken by someone who has completed a previous degree with a significant research component.

Postgraduate research degrees include Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and professional doctorates.


To be eligible to be considered for admission to a postgraduate research degree at ANU, you must:

  1. Already hold, or be about to complete, an Australian Bachelor Degree with at least Second Class Honours - Upper (First Class Honours is often required) or its international equivalent, or, a Postgraduate Degree with a significant research thesis component, and;
  2. A supervisor must be available at ANU willing to supervise your research.
  3. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

How to apply

Applications are open throughout the year.

If you are applying for a research scholarship, please be aware of the scholarship application deadline. You must indicate on your admission application form whether you still wish to be considered for admission if your application for a scholarship is unsuccessful.

Step 1
Find a supervisor

Visit the Researchers website to search potential supervisor profiles, including their research expertise, published works and contact details. Through this process you will need to ascertain whether or not we offer research supervision in your area of interest.

Colleges can also provide information about the areas of research, supervisors and research groups, but note that supervision in some areas of interest can be offered in more than one College.


Visit the sites listed below to find more information around research opportunities in each College, and the appropriate contacts.

Step 2
College pre-application requirements

Once you have identified which supervisor you would like to work with, or which College offers research supervision in your area of interest, you will need to check to see what the pre-application process is for that College.

Most Colleges will ask applicants to identify and secure the support of a potential supervisor before they can proceed to an application for admission. However, some Colleges ask applicants to submit a short description of their proposed area of research as an expression of interest and a summary of their academic qualifications, including grades, to a central contact first.

Visit the relevant College website for pre-application advice (see links above).

Step 3
Application & referee reports

If you have been advised that it is appropriate to do so by a College, or if you have secured the support of a potential supervisor, you may apply for admission using the ANU Programs & Courses website. If you choose to submit an application for admission without this endorsement your application may not be assessed. 

Before submitting your application make sure that you notify your referees that ANU will be asking them to complete an electronic referee report shortly. They will submit their completed reports directly to the University.