Get ready to take on the world with a research degree from the University of Tasmania.
You can apply for a research degree on any day of the year.
If you intend to apply for a scholarship, please see our scholarships page for more information.
Follow the steps below to start your future today!
We appreciate that submitting an application to study a Higher Degree by Research takes time, and a lot of patience. Please see below some guidance and our expectations throughout this process.
An Expression of Interest form (EOI) is a preliminary application that enables the University to determine eligibility. For more information on eligibility, please see the Entry Requirements.
Once received, our Candidature Management Advisors will evaluate your EOI and may invite you to complete an application online (Step 4).
If you are applying for one of our available PhD Projects, you will have the opportunity to indicate the name of the project in which are you interested, should you be invited to complete an application.
If your Expression of Interest (EOI) is successful, you will need to find a supervisor in your area of research interest prior to beginning your application.
The University of Tasmania has over 1000 research experts of international acclaim. Confirm with one of our researchers that they will supervise your project.
If you are applying for an available PhD Project then please contact the Supervisor named in the PhD Advertisement. If you have already discussed a project with a Supervisor who has agreed to supervise your project then please skip this step and enter the Supervisor’s name in the Application form.
If your Expression of Interest (EOI) is successful, you will be invited to complete an application using the Online Application System. Please login with the same email address and password that you registered for your EOI.
Part of your application for a research degree will include a research proposal. A good proposal shows you have a clear vision of the research topic and will help frame your project and thesis. The proposal should be approximately 2 pages in length.
As a guide to structuring your research proposal, please consider using the following structure:
If you wish to be considered for a competitive, merit-based scholarship please indicate in the relevant field in your application.
Please see our Scholarships page for more information.
The application process requires you to nominate two referees, to whom confidential electronic referee report forms will be emailed by the University of Tasmania, requesting reference material. As such, your referees must have current professional knowledge of your academic ability and be able to judge your research potential. Please do not nominate your proposed supervisor as a referee unless you have previously worked with them during your Honours or Masters degree. Normally, at least one referee must be external to the University of Tasmania.
If a nominated referee decides not provide a report, the application system will prompt you to nominate a new referee. Please note that after submitting an application it is in your best interest to contact your referees directly, notifying them that a request for a report has been sent to their email address by the University of Tasmania. This will prompt the referee to look for the request in their inbox and to complete the report as soon as possible. If a referee does not receive the email, ask them to check their junk or spam folders. You can also resend the request by logging into your existing Online Application System account. In a similar manner, the nominated referees, or their email addresses, may also be amended within the system as required.
Your application will not progress until both referee reports are completed and have been submitted. Once the reports have been submitted the status of your application will change from “Pending References” to “Submitted”.
If applying for a scholarship, both referee reports must be received by the relevant due date for your research area, as advised by the Graduate Research Office.
You will be advised of the outcome of your application via email.
Please note that the application process may take up to 8 weeks.