Doctor of Philosophy

Candidates undertake an original and significant research project valuable to their discipline. Admission is normally granted on the basis of a Bachelor's degree with Honours or a Master's degree. Other qualifications for entry may be considered. A full-time candidate should submit a thesis for examination within 3-4 years: part-time candidates in 5-8 years. With special approval, a PhD candidature may be taken off-shore.

Master of Philosophy

Candidates are required to undertake an original research project over 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time. Admission requires a Bachelor's degree with Honours, although students may be admitted after completing a postgraduate diploma or Master's qualifying course.


The process for initial enquiries from international and domestic applicants is detailed below. Further information about applying and entry requirements may be found on the University’s Graduate School website.  

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Applications - PhD or MPhil Programs

Enquiries regarding PhD or MPhil study with the School should be directed to the School’s Postgraduate Coordinator or the Postgraduate Administrative Officer by emailing

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD or MPhil degree with the School, you should forward an Expression of Interest in Higher Degree by Research​ Candidature form to the School’s postgraduate mailbox at The form is available from the Graduate School website.

The School will use the information provided on the form to make an assessment of:

  • your qualifications

  • your suitability to undertake a Higher Degree by Research

  • whether your research project would match the School’s research focus and current research strengths

  • the School’s capacity to provide you with an advisory team, research facilities, project funds and general infrastructure and support services

All applicants, whether international or domestic, whose first language is not English must pass the IELTS test at the University of Queensland required standard before an unconditional offer of a place at the School of Languages and Cultures will be made. No alternative proof of English language competency will be accepted.

Postdoctoral Research

Expressions of interest in Post-doctoral fellowships with the School should be directed, by email, to the School’s Director of Research.