“The academic support in completing this research thesis is quite amazing. My supervisors are really switched on, really helpful.”

Steffen Westermann

PhD finance candidate from Germany

How to apply

Starting your career in research is only a few steps away

Applications for admission to a Higher Degree by Research at Southern Cross University can be made at any time. Follow these steps to begin your application for a Masters by Thesis, Professional Doctorate or Doctor of Philosophy.

International applicants

Southern Cross University welcomes applications from international students for Higher Degree by Research courses. International applicants are required to follow the How to Apply steps set out above. You may apply at any time. 

Fees may be applicable for international students. Please refer to the specific course page. International candidates can also apply for a tuition fee offset, providing they have the funds to support living expenses.

I quite enjoyed studying at Southern Cross University. I recently finished my Bachelor in Accounting and I enjoyed the small class sizes. They were always really interactive, and great support from the tutors and lecturers, and now I'm about to complete my honours. And also the academic support in completing this research thesis is quite amazing. My supervisors are really switched on and really helpful.

I'm feeling confident with my honours degree that I can progress to the next step and do my PhD. Hopefully at Southern Cross University.

Living close to Byron Bay is quite an amazing thing to me. I'm close to the beach. I can go scuba diving, if I feel like it, I can go surfing or just for a beach walk and it really gives me a good study and lifestyle balance.

It's only about 40 minutes to the Gold Coast campus and I can just drive onto the highway and I'm pretty much there. There's never a rush hour on the highway, it's always free, it's perfect.

Yeah, the Gold Coast campus is quite modern and you can see the beach and it's literally 300 metres from the beach so if you need to study break it just walk to the beach, go for a swim and you're refreshed.

It's quite convenient for me to come here to Lismore to use the facility here such as the library, and it's quite a relaxed learning environment and I've got all the facilities I need. Computers, research facilities databases.

Studying at Southern Cross University was a quite unique experience for me. It certainly improved my English and I also got a lot more confident, and the study life balance, as I mentioned before, is quite unique and it helped me definitely, getting through my degree.


Visit our Higher Degree by Research page to see degrees on offer

Higher Degrees Research

Ensure you meet degree entry requirements

Each research program will specify its admission criteria and English language requirements on the relevant course page. Visit our policy pages for award rules, including Doctor of Philosophies (PhD) award rulesMasters by Thesis award rules, and Professional Doctorate award rules.

Prepare a research proposal

A research proposal will assist your application and help you find an appropriate supervisor. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for how to write a research proposal.

Find a supervisor

You’ll need to approach and confirm a principal supervisor and a co-supervisor for your intended candidature before starting your application. Use our Find a Supervisor database.

Complete the online application form

Please complete the relevant application form. Select your chosen degree from the drop-down.

Application help

If you have any problems completing the online application form, or have questions about the process, please contact hdrapplication@scu.edu.au

Contact the Graduate School


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