ACU Research

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How to Apply

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

If you are a domestic higher degree research applicant, please read and follow the instructions below.

Step 1:

Check your Eligibility

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.

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 Graduate Research ( Your application will not be considered until two referee reports have been received.

Step 4:

Submit the Completed Application

Your completed application should be submitted via post or email to:

Graduate Research
Australian Catholic University
PO Box 968
North Sydney NSW 2059


Application Deadlines

Applications for 2018 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 have now closed for the 2018 intake

Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Political Thought Applications have now closed for the 2018 intake

Master of Education (Research) Closing date: Wednesday 30 May, 2018 for July 2018 intake


Research Higher Degree Terms 2018

Full details on ACU Study Periods 2018 can be found here

Research A Term Tuesday 2 Jan – Sunday 1 April 2018

Research B Term Tuesday 3 April  – Sunday 1 July 2018

Research C Term Monday 2 July – Sunday 30 September 2018

Research D Term Tuesday 2 October – Sunday 23 December 2018