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The Application Process

Allow plenty of time to prepare your application. It may take some time to gather and prepare everything you need. This will include:

  • Filling in the right form 
  • Preparing a research proposal (please submit the following proposal template with your application)  
  • Securing copies of relevant existing qualifications including official transcripts
  • Requesting 2 referees reports, including at least one from an academic referee
  • For International students - securing an IELTS assessment of 6.5 or above

When should you apply?

The Australian academic year begins in February. Sometimes you can commence in semester 2. However, it is recommended you apply by the following deadlines:

  • 31 October in the year before (for 1st semester commencement)
  • 31 May (for 2nd semester commencement)
  • Many of the International Scholarship deadlines for the Australian Government are in the May to September period
  • UC scholarships must be received by 30 October

Please note:

A Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree is not a recognised entry pathway into a PhD in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law. Entry to the PhD degree requires evidence of significant aptitude for research, and thus, if you have an MBA without additional relevant research experience (such as publications), your application will not be accepted. Instead, if you have an MBA, we encourage you to apply for a Professional Doctorate (DBA or DPA). 

For applications to the Faculty of Business, Government & Law, please submit your application before contacting the University regarding your supervisory panel.  Supervisors will be allocated to successful applicants once their application has been accepted.

International students applying for any of the Australian Government Scholarships will need a letter of offer before the deadline for the Scholarship application.

A letter of offer is issued after your full application is considered and accepted.

It can take 2 to 3 months to consider your application, so the time to prepare and apply is usually one year before you plan to begin your studies.

To apply for admission to a research higher degree you need to fill in an application form. You can find the form and more information about the application process online.

If your application is successful and you are an Australian Domestic student you are likely to be offered a place under the Australian Governments Research Training Scheme (RTS). 100% of your tuition fees will be covered by the Australian Government. Check the University's Scholarships site too. If you intend to undertake your research degree full-time you can apply for a scholarship to cover your living expenses. This is done on the research degree application form. Many full-time domestic Australian students hold an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). Other scholarships are also listed for which part-timers may be eligible.

If you are an international student you can apply for some scholarships through the University see the University's Scholarships site. You can also apply for scholarship schemes run by the Australian Government. You might be eligible for these schemes:

  • Australian Development Scholarships
  • Australian Leadership Awards
  • Endeavour Programme

For information and application forms, see the Australian Scholarships website.