Ready to continue your academic journey and make positive changes to the world? Learn how to find a supervisor and how to apply for a research degree in five steps. Applications for research degrees are accepted year-round for most research programs.
Our research degrees here at Swinburne allow you to plan, conduct and manage a substantial research project. You’ll engage in critical thinking and judgment and develop knowledge of ethical practice, commercialisation and more as part of your research degree.
Apply for a research degree in five steps:
Step 1. Decide on a research topic
Your research topic should align with one of the areas of research we are involved in. You can find out about Swinburne's areas of research through our:
Or simply search for a topic and find a potential supervisor.
Step 2. Check the entry requirements of your program
Entry requirements differ depending on your research course. Check entry requirements for PhD, Professional Doctorate, Integrated PhD Program, Master by Research, and Partnered PhD programs and offshore PhD programs and offshore PhD programs.
Applying for one of our postgraduate psychology programs?
If you're applying for one of our postgraduate psychology programs, you may also be required to submit references online. Please refer to the faculty supporting documentation for information on how to submit your references and what courses require this information.
Application review process
The review process usually takes up to eight weeks to complete. We will advise you of the outcome of your application. At Swinburne, we consider applications on a case-by-case basis. We ensure the university has the ability to provide supervision and resources to support your nominated project before approving your application.
The process may take longer if:
- your application is incomplete
- we require additional information from you
- the review committees require additional time to assess your application.