Research students - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Research students

Seek answers to your own questions, make an original contribution to knowledge and enhance your career prospects and future opportunities with a research degree, or Higher Degree by Research (HDR).

Programs

An HDR is considered the highest levels of achievement in postgraduate study, and includes both Masters and Doctoral programs.

How to apply

A step-by-step guide to applying for a higher degree by research program.

HDR scholarships

Explore scholarships to help you cover the costs of study and living.

Find a supervisor

Search USC's academics and industry experts to find a supervisor for your research.

Research opportunities

We have current research opportunities within our academic schools, research institutes and centres.

Support

USC provides assistance at every stage of research, in an environment conducive to research excellence.

Graduate research development

We'll help you to build essential core competencies and the skills you need to successfully complete a research degree.

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Support grants

USC supports HDR candidates by contributing funds towards the direct costs of research. The amount varies based on the area of study.

Library support

Dedicated Liaison Librarians support researchers through each phase of the research lifecycle.

Student support and wellbeing

You'll find a range of services to support your wellbeing while you study including confidential counselling and disability services.

Activities, clubs and events

As an HDR student you'll have opportunities to have fun and connect with others through clubs, events and associations such as the Postgraduate Student Association.

News

Jaws hold crucial insights into fate and future of tiger sharks
17 May

USC is part of an international study that used DNA retrieved from historical tiger shark jaws over the past century to reveal that population decline is changing the genetic diversity of one of the ocean’s apex predators.

Floods, new mystery disease impact starving marine turtles
3 May

University of the Sunshine Coast researchers and wildlife rescuers have joined forces as they deal with a large increase in stranded, sick, and deceased marine turtles from recent floods and the discovery of a mystery disorder that is eating away at turtle shells.

Harvesting plantation logs at Beerburrum. Photo David Lee
How pine tree residue could help power Queensland
9 Mar

Bioenergy produced from harvest waste across South East Queensland’s pine plantations could significantly reduce net carbon emissions and nurture an emerging industry, according to research led by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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