"Southern Cross researchers want to be sure that decision-makers are presented with an overview of how the public feels about the use of drones on their beaches."

Andrew Colefax

PhD candidate, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Welcome to Southern Cross University Graduate School

From undersea robots dispersing microscopic baby corals on the Great Barrier Reef to seeking new ways for plants to aid modern medicine, Southern Cross University’s researchers are changing the world.

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Study a Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate or Doctor of Philosophy

As a young and vibrant university, we are engaged in research critical to the wellbeing of our region, our nation and the world. By undertaking a research degree at Southern Cross University, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and academic support that can take your research to the next level. We are focused on the future and we believe in what is possible. Join us and become part of our committed, exciting and highly regarded research community.

New Graduate Certificate in Research

The Graduate Certificate of Research Management and Communication has been designed to recognise the broad range of higher-level generic skills and graduate attributes that our HDR students acquire during their candidature. This, in turn, is hoped will improve our student’s employability in the workplace. Find out more about the new Graduate Certificate of Research Management and Communication.

5-Star Graduate Salary

Postgraduates from Southern Cross University earn a median salary of $96,000 (GUG 2021)

Top 4 in Australia for Overall Satisfaction

Recent postgraduate overall satisfaction - Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-2019

5-Star Student Support

83% of postgraduate students were satisfied with the support they received (GUG 2021)

Excellence in research in 23 fields

Ranked at or above 'world standard' in 23 fields in the latest ERA national report

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Find a supervisor

Search our extensive database to start your Higher Degree by Research journey.

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Higher Degrees Research

Southern Cross University offers a range of Higher Degree by Research courses across a range of disciplines.

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We have a range of scholarships available to support your research studies. View the current scholarship offerings.

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How to apply

Applications for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) admission can be made at any time throughout the year.

We are a young and dynamic university achieving outstanding results in areas including geoscience, plant science, marine science, health, and engineering.

Higher Degree Researcher Workshops

The Graduate school offers a range of workshops for staff and students. These workshops provide valuable insights to the experienced and those who are new to HDR supervision and research in general. 

Upcoming HDR Workshops

Contact the Graduate School


T: +61 2 6620 3219

T: +61 2 6626 9186

E: gradschool@scu.edu.au