How to Apply
How to Apply for Admission
Applications for Higher Degree Research admission can be made at any time throughout the year.
The following steps will detail how you apply and what is required for Higher Degree Research Study at Southern Cross University. If you have any problems completing the online application form or have questions about the process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our staff members will assist you as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application and assisting you with furthering your studies.
Step 1 - Choose the degree you wish to study
Step 2 - Check your qualifications meet the entry requirements
Please view the relevant award admission requirements:
|HDR Program||Qualifications Required|
|Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)||
Bachelors degree with first class Honours or second class Honours, first division; or
Submit other evidence of relevant professional qualifications and experience, or research experience, to satisfy the Dean, Graduate Studies that the applicant possesses a level of relevant research experience equivalent to an award.
|Masters by Thesis||
Possess a degree that is equivalent to a Bachelors degree from this University.
Demonstrate relevant professional experience as considered acceptable by the Dean, Graduate Studies and meet one of the following criteria:
Possess a Bachelor's degree with first or second class Honours from Southern Cross University or equivalent, or
Possess a Masters degree from Southern Cross University or equivalent or
Submit evidence of other professional qualifications as will satisfy the Dean, Graduate Studies that the applicant possesses suitable and relevant professional knowledge and/or experience
Further Rules Relating to Awards can be found as follows:
Once you have made sure you have the relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent relevant experience, you will be required to provide certified copies of all the relevant documents with your application. These will include:
- Exam results if you are currently enrolled in an institution.
- Certified Academic Transcripts and Certificates.
- Certified English translations for degrees completed overseas, including copies of original documents.
Step 3 - Check the English Language requirements
Applicants who cannot provide an assessable undergraduate qualification undertaken in English (from any country), must provide either:
- an original IELTS test result, showing a score of 6.5 or better, including a minimum score of 6.0 in the sub-bands (IELTS Essentials); or
- an original TOEFL (iBT) test result showing a score of 79 or better with no less than 21 in writing and 20 in other areas. (TOEFL website);
- Other evidence of ability to study in English may be considered, and any evidence should not be more than two (2) years old at the date of application.
If you do not meet the English Language entry requirement, Southern Cross University through our SCU College has three NEAS accredited English Language programs offering courses designed to assist international students with their language skills and prepare them for university studies.
Further English language comparable scores to Academic IELTS can be found here.
Step 4 - Prepare a Research Proposal
You will need to prepare a Research Proposal which will assist with finding an appropriate supervisory team.
A research proposal is an outline of your proposed project. It is intended that your research proposal will highlight the potential originality and/or significance of your research, detail the research question and the intended approach to answering how finding the answer to the question will add to or challenge existing literature in the particular field of research. This will demonstrate to potential supervisors that there is originality in your ideas, and that the research will make a significant contribution to existing knowledge.
The length of a research proposal should generally be 2-3 pages long and include the following:
- A cover page - title, applicant's name, proposed supervisors, name of degree applicant will be applying for; and
- Overview of the research/introduction; and
- Review of current literature; and
- Research design and methodology, including a brief time line for completion of the thesis; and
- Significance and expected outcomes of the study; and
A research proposal is not 'set in stone' but is used to identify the proposed research and to determine if the proposed research will in fact make a significant contribution to existing knowledge. It should be understood that research projects and the design of the project may evolve as the research progresses.
Step 5 - Find a supervisor
Before you start an application for admission to study Higher Degree Research at Southern Cross University you must have confirmed two Southern Cross University Supervisors who are willing to supervise your candidature. It is important that you have made contact with them to discuss your research proposal.
This supervisor must:
- have the relevant expertise to supervise you;
- be an approved supervisor on the Higher Degree Research Supervisor Register;
- have the capacity to supervise;
- has confirmed their willingness to be nominated as your Principal Supervisor/Co-Supervisor.
Please use the List of Supervisors in each School to assist you in your decision.
The Higher Degree Research (HDR) Register of Supervisor Policy requires that all supervisors of higher degree research students at Southern Cross University be registered as approved supervisors on the Higher Degree Research Supervisor Register, which is a requirement in order to undertake the role of Principal or Co-Supervisor for a potential or current candidate.
If you need assistance with finding an appropriate supervisor please consult with the appropriate School Director (contact list) to discuss possible supervisors.