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Research applicants

We assess your application into our research courses using the following criteria:

  • Whether you meet minimum requirements to enter ECU and any special admission requirements for the course
  • Your academic performance in previous courses, i.e.: undergraduate, Honours and postgraduate courses
  • Your research capability, demonstrated in any research courses you have undertaken previously
  • Whether your research topic fits into our research activities
  • Whether we have staff available to supervise your research within the relevant School.

Step by step guide to applying for a Research Course

  • We accept applications for our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) courses all year round.

You need to follow these steps to apply for admissions to a Masters by Research, Professional Doctorate or Doctor of Philosophy courses (Higher Degree by Research courses):

  1. Please complete the Research Enquiry Form with as much information as you can provide. One of our Schools will use this form to determine if your research goals and topic make you a suitable candidate. If we believe you are a good fit for ECU, we will encourage you to apply using our online application form.
  2. Read Documenting Your Research Experience (PDF) to confirm the supporting documentation you'll need to provide where:
    • Your work has appeared in research publications
    • You have received any research grants
  3. If you are applying for a Psychology research course, complete a PG Academic Referee Report (.doc)
  4. Apply directly to ECU via our online admission system - you will need to complete your application and upload any supporting documents required by the closing date.
    You will need to upload supporting documentation as part of the online application process, including:
    1. Outline of your research topic (1-2 pages)
    2. Academic transcripts
    3. Documentation of your research experience, where your work has appeared in research publications and/or you have received research grants
    4. A completed PG Academic Referee Report (.doc) if you are applying for a Psychology research course
  5. If you are applying for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or ECU Postgraduate Research Scholarship (ECUPRS), you will need to submit the relevant scholarship application and documentation directly to ECU's Scholarships Office, following the instructions outlined on ECU's Scholarships website.

Transferring your enrolment from another university to ECU

You are able to apply to transfer your enrolment in a research course from another University to ECU.

  1. Before you transfer your enrolment, you will need to confirm the availability of supervision and resources with the relevant School.
  2. With the support of the School, you then need to apply for the course, following the steps by step guide above.
  3. If you have had your candidature confirmed at your previous university you will need to provide evidence at the time of making application.
  4. If you are offered a place in an ECU research course, you will need to provide evidence that you have withdrawn from your previous course when you accept the offer and so that we can enrol you into the course
  5. If you hold a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place at your previous university and you are applying to transfer to an ECU course within three years of discontinuing your enrolment, any candidature previously consumed will be deducted from you enrolment at ECU.
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