Find a supervisor
Some faculties allow you to choose your supervisors, while others will assign one to you.
Supervisors chosen by faculty
Faculties that choose your supervisor for you can look at your research interests and match you with the best team.
If you’re planning on studying education or law, you can match your research interests with a supervisor online:
If the faculty can't find a suitable supervisory team for you and your research project your application may not proceed.
Supervisors chosen by student
- Creative Industries
- Health (supervisors may also be chosen by your faculty)
- Science and Engineering
If you’re choosing your own supervisor, you may consider:
- their specialised teaching and research areas
- projects they're interested in supervising
- how many students they're currently supervising
- research students they've successfully supervised in the past.
It’s important to contact your potential supervisor to find out if you can work well together.
Search our academic profiles for potential supervisors
I want to work with a supervisor from another institution
To include a supervisor who is not a QUT staff member on your supervisory team, you must have approval from QUT.
Submit an external supervisor memorandum with your application.
Your supervisor’s role
Your supervisory team are the most important people you'll work with while you're researching. You'll meet with them regularly, and they'll provide support and guidance throughout your project.
Our supervisor accreditation scheme ensures that your supervisor will be prepared to give you the highest quality support.
Choosing your research topic
Discussing your research interests early in the application process will make completing your application and research proposal much easier.
You'll need to propose a thesis title and include it in your application. This title may be tentative only; we understand that it may change as your research progresses.
Choose your topic
You can develop your own research topic in agreement with your supervisor and your faculty. This will ensure it has the right scope and scale for the research degree you wish to complete.
- QUT Business School
- Creative Industries Faculty
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Health
- Faculty of Law
- Science and Engineering Faculty
Explore available topics
Some faculties offer a range of available topics for research students.
Browse student topics
Step 3: Check you meet the entry requirements
You need to meet specific entry requirements to get into each of our courses. They're usually based on previous study and/or professional experience.
Some courses may have additional entry requirements, such as:
- referee reports, interviews, questionnaires
- professional training, accreditation or registration
- access to related work or facilities.
Check the entry requirements tab in your course information for details.
If your previous studies were not completed in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you'll need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements. You can do this by providing results of an English language test that QUT recognises, such as IELTS (Academic). For the required test results, check our list of English language requirements by study area.
How to work out your grade point average (GPA)
For some of our postgraduate courses you need to have achieved a particular grade point average (GPA) in your previous course to be eligible to apply.
If your previous course was made up of units with equal credit point values, your GPA is the sum of your grades for each unit divided by the number of units you attempted.
When you calculate your GPA you must:
- include all:
- numerical grades, including failing grades
- administrative failures, such as 'withdrawn' or 'did not sit'
- attempts at repeated units
- exclude all:
- units for which you received exemption, credit for prior learning or advanced standing
- calculate it to two decimal places. If the average you've calculated has more than two decimal places, you'll need to round it to nearest hundredth. For example, after rounding 3.9945 becomes 3.99, or 4.999 becomes 5.00.
If your course was made up of units with unequal credit point values, we apply a weighting to calculate your GPA .
We use a 7-point grading scale at QUT:
- 7.00 - High Distinction
- 6.00 - Distinction
- 5.00 - Credit
- 4.00 - Pass
- 3.00 - Fail
- 2.00 - Fail
- 1.00 - Low Fail
- 0.00 - Withdrawn with academic penalty/Did not sit.
If your studies have been graded using a different scale, we'll convert your results to the QUT scale. Using this scale, a failing GPA is any GPA below 4.00.
Step 4: Check course fees and see if you're eligible for financial support
To get an idea of how much your course will cost, check the costs and scholarships tab in your course information.
Your actual fees will vary depending on which units you enrol in. You can check specific costs for units in the units tab in your course information.
Some courses have extra costs for things like field trips, equipment or practical training.
You also have to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for student services like health and welfare, employment and career advice, study skills programs and orientation information and activities.
You may be eligible for:
- FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP loans to help you pay your course fees
- SA-HELP to pay for the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- Centrelink payments to help with living expenses, including income support for masters students
- scholarships to help with course fees and living expenses.
If you study at QUT, you'll also have access to services including financial counselling, employment advice and short-term loans.
Step 5: See if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
You may be able to have your past studies or work experience count as credit towards your QUT course.
That means you might not have to complete all of the units listed in your course structure and you may be able to graduate sooner.
If you want to claim credit for work experience or for studies completed at another institution you'll need to apply separately. Make sure you check the application requirements and closing dates.
Step 6: Collect supporting documents
Your course application form and course information will tell you what supporting documents you need to supply.
Step 7: Submit your application to QUT
To apply, complete the application for postgraduate course admission form, and email it to us at the address on the form.
If you're applying for more than one course, order them according to your preference.
Some courses have extra forms you need to submit with your application. Check your course information for details.
Returning to study or changing your course
Find out more about returning to study if:
- you've been on a leave of absence
- you want to change the course you've been studying
- you want to come back to uni after an exclusion.
What happens next?
Entry to our postgraduate courses is based on merit. Each course has a certain number of places available, and once they're all filled no more applications are considered. If your course is full you will need to re-apply for the next admission period.
If you've applied for more than one course we'll assess your first preference listed on the application form. We'll only assess your second and subsequent preferences if you do not meet eligibility requirements for your first preference, or if the course quota is full in the case of Commonwealth supported places.
It usually takes us about two weeks to process your application. Some courses may take longer and this will be published under the entry requirement for your nominated course. If you've filled in your application incorrectly or haven't provided all your supporting documents, it may take longer.
To let you know if your application is successful, we'll email you at the address you give us on your application form.