Higher Degrees Research

Research with global impact

Take your research career to new heights by joining the vibrant and widely recognised research community at Southern Cross University. By studying a Higher Degree by Research, you will benefit from the expertise and support of other researchers, fellow graduates and staff across a range of disciplines. Our research strengths include the protection and sustainability of the world’s precious marine environments, helping to transform the forestry, mining and agriculture industries, and being at the forefront of the rapidly changing tourism industry.

Sameer Usmani - Masters by Thesis in Engineering

Masters by Thesis

Southern Cross University Masters by Thesis degrees equip students for careers in research, academia, industry, policy development and professional leadership.

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Scott Goddard - PhD graduate

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Make a significant and original contribution to your field of expertise with a Doctor of Philosophy. Supervised by leading researchers, you will develop new ideas and ways of approaching existing problems, thus creating a positive impact on our future.

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Kylie Day - Doctorate of Indigenous Philosophies (DIP) sitting in front of Indigenous artwork

Professional Doctorate

The Professional Doctorate is a program of study by coursework and research. With support and guidance from our experts, the course is designed to provide the high-level research skills required to form significant and original contributions to your professional practice.

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Graduate Certificate in Research Communication and Management
Get recognition for the skills you develop during your HDR degree with the Graduate Certificate in Research Communication and Management.

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Find a supervisor

If you plan to apply for a Masters degree, Professional Doctorate or Doctorate degree at Southern Cross University, it is essential to first find a supervisor.

Our researchers share a vision that anticipates the future and believes in what is possible. They work closely with industry, community groups, government organisations and peak bodies to develop industry-relevant research of local, national and global value.

Use our 'Find a Supervisor' search, contact your prospective supervisor and gain their consent to be nominated as part of your application.

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Multi-Badged Degrees

Southern Cross University also offers research candidates the opportunity to enrol in a multi-badged degree with collaborating institutions in Australia and internationally. Our aim is to establish strong continuing relationships with other Australian and international research universities through the joint research candidate supervision. The multi-badged degrees are open to both international and domestic PhD candidates.
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Contact the Graduate School


T: +61 2 6620 3219

T: +61 2 6626 9186

E: gradschool@scu.edu.au