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We are committed to undertaking high-quality research which has strong social, economic, environmental and cultural impact - research that makes a difference!

We offer a wide range of postgraduate research courses across our research strengths and study areas

Our research strengths

Our areas of research strength include:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Education
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Engineering & ICT
  • Social & Community
  • Business & Society
  • Communications & Creative Arts
  • Security, Law & Justice

Types of courses

  • Master by Research
    Typically involves one year of coursework or research skills development units before embarking on a year-long research program which culminates in the submission of a thesis or creative work.
    Master by research degrees at ECU may be one or two years full-time (or the equivalent part-time study) depending on the discipline.
    See our Master by Research courses

  • Doctor of Philosophy
    A supervised research degree involving a three year full-time (or the equivalent part-time) research program which culminates in the submission of a thesis or creative work.
    See our Doctor of Philosophy programs

What do research courses involve?

A research degree will normally involve the production of a written body of researched work, known as a thesis.

The research will be developed over a period of time and involve identifying a topic, developing a proposal, conducting the research and producing the thesis.

In disciplines with a creative component, the study may produce a creative work, such as a performance or literary item, plus an exegesis to accompany and reflect on the creative element.

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