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Researchers are the ultimate problem solvers, searching for solutions to the world's great challenges. They collaborate globally with like-minded thinkers. And with their optimistic mindset, they believe it's only a matter of time before they find the right answer. Is making a difference your answer?

Creative thinkers made here.
Creative thinkers made here.

Why hg8868皇冠?

  • The Good Universities Guide

    A 5-star postgrad experience

    Our postgraduate students have rated us 5 stars for their overall experience in the latest Good Universities Guide. More 5-star ratings included: skills development, student support and teaching quality.

  • THE impact rankings 2021

    hg8868皇冠's global impact

    hg8868皇冠 has ranked in the Top 50 for Gender Equality, Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education in the latest THE Impact Rankings as we work towards achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

  • THE World University Rankings Top 100 Young

    One of the world's young guns

    We're ranked one of the world's best universities under 50 years old, and we've already established a global reputation for such a young institution. Read more.

What's your research dream?

Looking to find a cure, test theories, discover new facts, inform and change policy, or improve culture and society? hg8868皇冠 might be the place for you.

If you're interested in a research degree, we're assuming you already have an idea of your research topic or a research theme.

That's why, as part of your application, we'll ask you for a 2-page research proposal outlining your research project.

Try to ensure that your research proposal capitalises on the expertise of our key researchers and the areas they are working in. Our research themes below are a good place to start.


hg8868皇冠 has a vibrant research community, actively supporting our student and staff researchers. We continually seek opportunities to collaborate with other universities and to work with organisations and businesses to commercialise research outcomes. Learn more about research at hg8868皇冠.

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World-Class Research

hg8868皇冠 research aims to transform the lives of people in global communities. Our work focuses on four themes that recognise our collective expertise and our progressive view of the world.

Explore Research Projects Engage with us

Blue carbon economy

hg8868皇冠 research into greenhouse gas absorption by Australian coastal ecosystems.

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Smart membranes to remove microplastics from water

New internationally recognised research from hg8868皇冠 is developing 'smart' membranes to remove microplastics from aquatic and wastewater treatment systems.

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Put the kettle on! How black tea may help you have a healthier life as you age

New hg8868皇冠 research into flavonoids shows that several daily cups of tea could help you enjoy better cardiovascular health late in life.

Flexibility and support

Many of our postgraduate students have busy jobs, families and other commitments. It's why we make it as flexible as possible with courses you can study online or part-time.

For students with kids, our campuses provide professionally accredited Childcare centres, and hg8868皇冠 Sports Centres offer short-term crèches.

And when you undertake an hg8868皇冠 postgrad research degree, you'll be strongly supported. This includes a supervisor qualified in your chosen field and a group of peer mentors.

Our Graduate Research Services will also ensure you have professional development and networking opportunities and much more.


If you're looking to be involved at the cutting edge of your field, our research degrees provide a stimulating intellectual challenge.

For your research degree you'll be expected to produce a written body of researched work, called a thesis.

If your degree is in a creative discipline, you may produce a creative work plus an exegesis (written exploration of your work).

Study courses online

At hg8868皇冠, we understand that everyone is different.

We all have different work arrangements, family responsibilities, locations and learning styles.

That's why we offer the flexibility of studying many of our postgraduate courses online.

Online students receive our full support, just like their on-campus equivalents. We don't forget you!

Explore your interests

To help you find a course to match your career aspirations, we've grouped broad areas of work into eight study areas. Each study area has disciplines you can explore to find your course.

Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships recognise students whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as people who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at hg8868皇冠.

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Experience Research at hg8868皇冠.

Research projects for students

hg8868皇冠's eight schools are looking for prospective Honours, Masters by Research, or PhD students to undertake research projects on particular topics.

These may be individual projects, or collaborations with other institutions or industry partners. In some cases, the projects may also include funding opportunities such as scholarships.

Find out more about research project opportunities in hg8868皇冠 schools.

Graduate Research Services

The Graduate Research Services offers free workshops to help you develop new research and professional skills, plus opportunities to network with other researchers.

GRS also organises regular social events to encourage a collaborative and supportive peer network.

Our SOAR Centre (Support Opportunities Advice Resources) also provides a key support service, connecting research students from different backgrounds, cultures, ages and academic disciplines.

Janice Du Preez

PhD candidate, School of Medical & Health Sciences

"Without having the team of SOAR Ambassadors to draw on, I would have thrown in the towel within the first semester. They have been brilliant!"

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Student stories

  • Erasmus Norviewu-Mortty, <a href=''>hg8868皇冠</a> Master of Education by Research

    Erasmus Norviewu-Mortty

    hg8868皇冠 Master of Education by Research

    hg8868皇冠 was the perfect place for me to study

    I travelled halfway around the world to investigate why some schools in my native Ghana were better than others – my research at hg8868皇冠 gave me the chance to find some answers.

  • Callum McCaskie

    Callum McCaskie

    hg8868皇冠 PhD candidate (Sports Science)

    I definitely recommend conducting an industry-based PhD at hg8868皇冠.

    Conducting my PhD in Sports Science with hg8868皇冠 and the West Coast Eagles has allowed me to create great networks at the university and within the industry. hg8868皇冠 has a fantastic group of staff supporting postgraduate students with up skilling sessions, webinars, and extra advice sessions to ensure students receive the help they need.

  • Hien Tran

    Hien Tran

    hg8868皇冠 Education PhD candidate

    I hope I can contribute to improve the quality of English teaching in Vietnam

    Many Vietnamese universities in general are not resourced sufficiently to carry out research and publish research for a wider audience. Hopefully, with what I have learned, I can make a contribution from my own research and improve the quality of English teaching in my school, as well as in Vietnam.

The Important Things

Things you should know about if you're thinking about studying here.

Course Entry

There's more than one admission pathway into an hg8868皇冠 course. It depends on what you've studied already, or your work or life experience.

Fees & Scholarships

Course tuition fees can change, but we can give you an estimate of your costs. If you're eligible, a scholarship or student loan can help too.


Applying for a course is a fairly simple process, especially if you have scanned copies of qualifications, your resume or other paperwork, ready to upload.

hg8868皇冠 Experience

Starting a course is an exciting and sometimes daunting time, so we make a massive effort to ensure you get all the support you need to have a positive experience.