ACU Research

We support our research

candidates to excel in

research and scholarship

How to Apply


Step 1:

Check your Eligibility & Find a potential supervisor

You need to meet the eligibility criteria for admission to a research course at ACU. This information can be found in section 4 ‘Eligibility for Admission to a Research Higher Degree’ of the Higher Degree Research Regulations.

All Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates need to work under the supervision of a fully accredited Principal Supervisor. It is preferable that you identify a suitable potential Principal Supervisor for your project before you submit your application. Visit  to browse by research topic or a potential supervisor’s name.

Step 2:

Complete an Application for Admission

If you are a domestic applicant, complete the Domestic Application for Higher Degree Research Candidature / Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Word, 170KB).

If you are an international applicant, complete the international online application form available at

Step 3:

Organise your Confidential Referee Reports

You must provide two referee reports with your application. After you have downloaded the Confidential Referee’s Report form you will need to complete section 1 before forwarding it to your referees to complete the remainder of the form. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your referees return the reports to Candidature Services ( Your application will not be considered until two referee reports have been received.

Step 4:

If you are an international higher degree research applicant, please go to ACU Study Research for further information on the application process and to lodge your application.

If you are a domestic higher degree research applicant, please submit the Completed Application to below

Candidature Services
Australian Catholic University
Locked Bag 4115
Fitzroy MDC
Victoria 3065
Ph: 03 9953 3156

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission to the Master of PhilosophyDoctor of Philosophy and Master of Theology (Research) are currently open.

Application deadlines for other ACU research courses:

Doctor of Education  Applications for the 2019 intake have now closed.

Master of Education (Research) Applications have now closed for the 2018 intake


Research Higher Degree Commencement Dates

Full details on ACU Study Periods 2019 can be found here

Research Term A Tuesday 1 January 2019

Research Term C Monday 1 July 2019