ANU Colleges research information
A research degree at ANU offers an enriching experience amongst some of the best minds the world has to offer.
Research degrees are unlike undergraduate and graduate coursework degrees. They typically have no, or very little, structured coursework, very few classes and the ultimate objective is to write a thesis or other significant work that significantly contributes to the body of knowledge in the relevant field of research.
Research students work more independently than coursework students and are under the direction of an academic supervisor or a supervisory panel. The researchers database provides a valuable tool for finding a suitable member of academic staff to supervise your research.
Research programs are delivered by the ANU Colleges and are available across an extensive range of subjects and disciplines. Applications can be made at any time throughout the year.
Refer to Requirements for entry and how to apply
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
PhD degrees normally take between three and four years full-time or up to eight years part-time. Students are generally required to submit a thesis, or series of works, of up to 100,000 words that makes a substantial contribution to the relevant scholarly literature.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
MPhil degrees are much like PhD degrees except that they normally take between one and two years full-time to complete and the thesis, or series of works, is normally limited to 60,000 words.
A professional doctorate is a higher degree program that comprises both coursework and research, and is usually aimed at professionals who wish to advance their careers in a relevant field of study. Professional Doctorates can be classified as either graduate coursework or graduate research programs.