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PhD student Duc Truong Nguyen and researcher Szabolcs Lehoczki-krsjak at the experimental rice crop in Lismore.

Research for a better world

The protection of our planet requires transformative research. At Southern Cross University, our research impact clusters identify four areas of urgent need: Harvest to Health, ZeroWaste, Reefs and Oceans & Catchments, Coasts and Communities.

While our researchers are already making an impact locally, regionally and globally, we believe these clusters will enhance that impact.

By optimising ideas, projects, facilities and resources; targeting existing and potential areas of need; and enabling interconnected and multidisciplinary relationships, our clusters represent a targeted approach to a common goal – a better, safer, more sustainable world.

Portrait of Professor Mary Spongberg with green trees in background

“There is a simple reason for the research we do at Southern Cross University – the future. On our precious reefs, oceans and waterways. From the middle of the desert to the heart of the rainforest. On farms and in factories, in hospitals and health facilities, in the laboratory and the lecture theatre. From our local communities to the world.”

Great Barrier Reef researcher underwater

Research at Southern Cross

In the challenge to create a better tomorrow, our research clusters are taking that commitment to the next level - for the community, the region and the planet.

A researcher working on a drone on a green lawn

Graduate School

Higher Degrees Research

We offer a diverse range of Higher Degree Research courses across a range of disciplines.

Find a supervisor

Search our extensive database to start your Higher Degrees Research journey by finding a research supervisor.

Research scholarships

We have a range of scholarships available to support your research studies.

Start your application

Applications for Higher Degrees Research can be made at any time throughout the year.

Find out more about the Graduate School

Research Integrity Complaints

Research Integrity at Southern Cross University

  • Practising research integrity means conducting research in a way that instils confidence and trust both in the methods used and the research findings.
  • SCU’s priority is to focus on education and to promote, encourage and support a culture of responsible research conduct for researchers both at this institution and in their field of practice.
  • The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 outlines the responsibilities of the institution and researchers.
Read the Code here

Where to make a complaint

  • If you suspect a potential breach of the The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018, whether you’re an SCU student, staff member or a person outside of the organisation, you can make a complaint using the link below.
Report a research related complaint here

Research Laboratories

Environmental Analysis Laboratory (EAL)

EAL is a NATA accredited lab, specialising in soil, compost, potting mix, contaminant, water, acid sulfate soil and acid sulfate rock testing.

Explore EAL services

Analytical Research Laboratory (ARL)

ARL is an accredited Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) lab, providing specialist capabilities in applied phytochemistry and herbal medicine quality control.

Explore ARL services
Acknowledgement of Country image

We acknowledge Widjabal Country as the Country where Southern Cross University originated and grew, and from where it continues to grow. It seeded the growth of our Gumbaynggirr Campus in Coffs Harbour, our Yugambeh Campus in Coolangatta and it planted the seeds to transform the Countries we are on.

Understanding our origins will make each step into the future a more purposeful one, leading all to transform tomorrow.

First Peoples Acknowledging Traditional Custodians


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