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Higher degree by research admission information

Admission requirements

Graduate research programs are the pinnacle of academic study. Entry is only open to students who are able to demonstrate superior achievement in their prior studies.

To be eligible for admission to a research degree, potential candidates must have an Australian bachelor degree with at least upper second class Honours in a relevant discipline, or its international equivalent, or a graduate diploma or master degree with a significant research thesis component. Please note that the admission requirements and program structure of each PhD may vary depending on the discipline chosen.

Entry is also dependent upon the availability of a supervisor at the ANU who is available to supervise your major research project.

International admission considerations

International students should note that in addition to the standard admission criteria, English Language requirements may also be applicable. For further information regarding graduate admissions guidelines please click on the Enquire now button below.

Many international students enlist the services of an official agent. The ANU has agent representatives in a number of countries who can assist with admission requirements and international education equivalents. Please see the list of Official Agent Representations for more information about agents in your country.

Admission deadlines

Applications for admission are welcome at any time throughout the year. However please note that if you wish to be considered in the main ANU research scholarships round you should apply for Semester 1 commencement and must note the following application deadlines in the year proceeding admission:

  • Domestic applicants (Australian or New Zealand Citizens, and Australian Permanent Residents) - 31 October
  • International applicants - 31 August


Students who are required to complete coursework in their research program (PhD or MPhil) will generally be required to start at the beginning of the main teaching periods: Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July). Students should be aware of the timing of any coursework component that they may be required to undertake in their studies and can consult with their HDR convener or email hdr.cbe@anu.edu.au before enrolling.

Updated:   31 October 2018 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team