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Research Degrees

Information for research applicants – Southern Cross University

Disclaimer: This information is provided in good faith and is correct at November 2022. Please confirm these details with Study Options before making a formal application.

International applicants

Southern Cross University welcomes applications from international students for Higher Degree by Research courses. You may apply at any time.

Applications for admission to a Higher Degree by Research at Southern Cross University can be made at any time. Follow these steps to begin your application for a masters by thesis, professional doctorate or PhD.

    1. Visit the Higher Degree by Research page to see the degrees on offer.
    2. Ensure you meet degree entry requirements
      Each research programme will specify its admission criteria on the relevant course page. Visit the SCU policy pages for award rules, including Doctor of Philosophies (PhD) award rules, Masters by Thesis award rules, and Professional Doctorate award rules.
    3. Prepare a research proposal
      A research proposal will assist your application and help you find an appropriate supervisor. Refer to for how to write a research proposal.
    4. Find a supervisor
      You’ll need to approach and confirm a principal supervisor and a co-supervisor for your intended candidature before starting your application. Use the SCU database at:
    5. Complete the online application form
      Please complete the relevant application form, accessible from
      Please ensure that you nominate Study Options as your ‘agent’ or ‘representative’ when you complete the online form.