Institute for Regional Development

Doing a PhD or MRes @ IRD

Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Masters of Research (MRes) candidates have typically had extensive community, regional or international development experience. They bring practical knowledge and insights to their academic work, to produce research that is both academically rigorous and relevant to the real concerns of regional communities.

The IRD admits new PhD and MRes candidates selectively based on:

  • Research and scholarly track record and experience of the applicant
  • Sectoral track record and experience of the applicant.
  • Relevance of the proposed research topic to regional development and the Institute's flagship research areas

A first-class honours degree is an accepted entry point for a PhD.  This requirement can also be met through equivalent sectoral experience.  A Sectoral Experience Portfolio process has been established by the Institute to establish honours equivalency. Visit here to find out more about pathways into a Higher Degree by Research (HDR).


Prospective PhD and MRes candidates may contact supervisors within (or associated with) the IRD to discuss their research interest. Current registered IRD supervisors can be found by clicking here.

Scholarships and Support

Information on research scholarships at the University of Tasmania is available here.

Further Information

For further information about higher degrees by research at the University of Tasmania, consult the Graduate Research website.  

Information on applying for admission to a PhD program at the University of Tasmania is available here.

For further information about doing a PhD through the IRD, contact the Graduate Research Coordinator, Associate Professor Robyn Eversole, on +61 3 6430 4519 or via email: