Please self-assess your eligibility for entry into a Higher Degree by Research program before commencing the pre-application process.

Step 1: Self assessment of eligibility to undertake an HDR program

ANU is ranked among the world’s most prestigious universities and is recognised for setting the standard in education and research on matters that will have an impact on advancing society and the world in which we live. Our graduates become the innovators and leaders of the future. For these reasons, admission to one of our HDR programs is competitive and most successful applicants are in the top five to ten percent of their class in their previous degree.

Admission to a Doctor of Philosophy degree at ANU requires:

  1. An Australian Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours - Upper (First Class Honours is often required) or its international equivalent, or
  2. Another degree with a significant research/thesis component that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1), or
  3. A combination of qualifications, research publications and/or professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1).

Admission to a Master of Philosophy degree at ANU requires:

  1. An Australian Bachelor degree or higher, with an overall grade of distinction or higher, or its international equivalent, or
  2. Another degree that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1), or
  3. A combination of qualifications, research publications and/or professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1).

Eligibility Flowchart

To help you assess whether or not you are likely to be successful for admission, stipend or scholarship, please see the flowchart below. Note that even though you may meet the criteria, this is not a guarantee of admission, stipend or scholarship. The flowchart helps you to see if your experience and qualifications may meet the university requirements.

Step 2: Identify a research area, project and supervisor

Once you have completed your self-assessment, the next step in applying to study at the ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics is to identify a research area and a potential supervisor with whom you may like to work with. Potential supervisors are listed within each research area. You may also like to explore availabilities in current research projects. Note that regardless of the quality of the application, you cannot be accepted into a research program without having the support of an academic that is willing to supervise you.

Step 3: Secure support from a potential supervisor

When contacting a potential supervisor(s), it is important that you provide information relevant to your application, including a current CV and a brief research proposal in your email. Many of our academic staff are internationally recognised and receive many expressions of interest each day. If the supervisor you have contacted is interested in speaking with you further, he or she will contact you by email. Please be patient as many of our academics are extremely busy and have regular international travel, so there may be a delay in responding to your request. If a supervisor agrees to support your application, you may proceed to submit a formal application

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