Higher Degree by Research (HDR)

Why Study for a Higher Degree by Research?

A higher degree by research involves in-depth study and commitment to understand existing information or to develop and analyse new data or ideas.  The processes and research you conduct will result in new knowledge you can contribute to this field of thought.

In the School of Communication and Arts Higher Degrees by Research can be taken in the following programs:

Fields of study in our School include many disciplines such as Art History, Australian Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies, Film and Television Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Journalism and Writing. We also offer specialist programs in Art History by Exhibition (PhD) and Creative Writing (MPhil and PhD).  Please visit our Research Areas to further explore potential thesis topics and supervision.

Applying for Higher Degrees by Research

Becoming a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student in the School of Communication and Arts requires you to meet the entry requirements of the UQ Graduate School (UQGS) and also to gain the support of the School. The School only supports applications from candidates who clearly demonstrate the ability to complete high-quality HDR theses. Obtaining its support is not an automatic process and requires that you do more than simply meet minimum entry requirements. We recommend that you start the School application process 2-3 months before the UQGS’s deadlines for online applications. This will allow you sufficient time to gather documents and to prepare a research proposal, and the School sufficient time to review your application.

There are 5 stages to gaining The School of Communication and Arts support. Throughout this application process, you should send your application materials only to the School’s Higher Degree by Research Liaison Officer (HLO), who will be your primary point of contact. The HLO will liaise with, and assist, you throughout the whole process.

The HLO in the School of Communication and Arts is Mrs Diana Marsh. Her email address is hdr.commarts@enquire.uq.edu.au