The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to the development of a strong and innovative research culture. It offers higher degrees by research across its Schools, Institutes and networks.
Notre Dame endeavours to support its postgraduate research students by quality higher degree by research programs and opportunities for fee remission and stipend scholarships across its Campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney.
Notre Dame’s higher degrees by research include the following:
- Masters by Research
- Master of Philosophy
- Professional Doctorate
- Doctor of Philosophy
Higher degrees by research are offered in the following Schools:
- Arts & Sciences
- Philosophy & Theology
- Health Sciences
All research students are guided and advised by academics who are specialists in their field of knowledge and expertise. You can browse Notre Dame's experts here. The University promotes multi-disciplinary projects and supports the development of postgraduates with a broad range of skills through a variety of formal courses and workshops.
The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to the development of a strong and innovative research culture. It offers Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) for students interested in a postgraduate research degree across its schools, institutes and networks.
Notre Dame endeavours to support its postgraduate research students by quality programs and opportunities for fee remission and stipend scholarships across its campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney.
All HDR students are guided and advised by academics who are specialists in their field of knowledge and expertise. Notre Dame promotes multi-disciplinary projects and supports the development of postgraduates with a broad range of skills through a variety of formal courses and workshops.
Postgraduate degree information
Notre Dame offers a range of postgraduate research degrees across the many disciplines and professions offered by the University on the Fremantle and Broome in Western Australia, and the Sydney campus in New South Wales.
Research Degree Types
Research degrees at both the Doctoral and Master’s level are offered by Notre Dame and are supervised by academic staff with research expertise. Research degrees may be undertaken either full-time or part-time.
Those who are seeking advice on research degrees at either the Master's or Doctoral level can get further information by accessing the Notre Dame Course Guide (postgraduate / international), the University’s Research Degree Regulations or by contacting the relevant School or the Research Office.
(Full time; yrs)
Master of Philosophy Fremantle & Broome / Sydney 1.5 Master of Medicine/Surgery Sydney 1.5 Master by Research Fremantle & Broome / Sydney 2 Master of Arts; Master of Business; Master of Education; Master of Laws; Master of Nursing (Research); Master of Science (Medicine); Master of Theology 2 Master of Health Sciences; Master of Science (Arts & Sciences); Master of Science (Physiotherapy) – Fremantle & Broome only 2 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Fremantle & Broome / Sydney Professional Doctorate Fremantle & Broome / Sydney 3
Master’s by Research
The Master’s by Research is a postgraduate research degree comprising a substantial research component culminating in the submission of a thesis.
Master of Philosophy – Various Disciplines
The Master of Philosophy is a postgraduate research degree comprising both coursework (1/3 of degree; 0.5 year full-time study) and a substantial research component (2/3 of degree; 1 year full-time study) culminating in the submission of a thesis.
Each candidate will be assigned supervisors who will provide support and academic guidance throughout the coursework and research components of the degree. The research supervisors will assist the candidate with the early preparation of their research proposal as part of the coursework unit - 'Developing a Research Proposal'. The research supervisors will continue to mentor and direct the candidate throughout the research phase until the thesis is examined.
Master of Medicine/Surgery
The Master of Medicine/Surgery is a postgraduate research degree aimed at clinical professionals with a medical degree and an interest in research.
This HDR degree provides research training through course work (1/3 of degree; online study opportunities offered) and a research component (2/3 of the degree), and is completed with a thesis or research dissertation. The estimated full-time course duration is 1.5 year, but part-time study is also available.
Each candidate will be assigned supervisors, including a University-based supervisor who will provide support and academic guidance throughout the coursework and research components of the degree.
Notre Dame offers a Master of Medicine/Surgery on the Sydney campus. For more information please contact the Sydney Research Office.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
A PhD is a research degree which generally requires at least three years of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent) beyond a Master degree of a superior standard and inclusive of a substantial research component. A Bachelor degree with a superior honour's grade may lead to acceptance into a PhD program. The PhD is a thesis-based research degree. A student may be required to undertake research training as part of the PhD program. The PhD research and the resulting thesis are an independent supervised systematic advanced level investigation into a significant question or related questions, problems or phenomena. The thesis must make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge.
Notre Dame offers the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in a range of areas on the Fremantle / Broome and Sydney campuses. For more information please contact the Research Office.
The Professional Doctorate seeks to improve the relationship between professional and academic knowledge. In particular, it aims to generate a research-based approach providing answers to questions relevant to the professions or industry and encouraging a systematic way of collecting, analysing and interpreting data.
Consequently, prospective students must seek the support of a relevant professional body/employer/industry group in defining the research area to be explored.
Each candidate will be assigned university-based supervisors who will provide support and academic guidance throughout the coursework and research components of the degree. Academic supervision will be complemented with mentorship by an expert, familiar with the intended topic area, who will come from the industry or profession relevant to the student's research area. The professional mentor and research supervisors will continue to mentor and direct the candidate throughout the research phase and up to the point when the thesis is put forward for examination.
The research component of a Professional Doctorate equals approximatley two thirds of a PhD. All theses are assessed through external examination.
The University of Notre Dame Australia offers a range of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) courses. Further information about the programs on offer can be found in the Postgraduate (Research) Course Guide ( domestic / international ) or via the online overview of programs in Fremantle and Sydney.
Notre Dame’s HDR Education Coordinators can be contacted for expert advice on HDR degrees offered on the Fremantle and Broome campuses in Western Australia and on the Sydney campus in New South Wales.
The admission process for these postgraduate degree programs at Notre Dame differs from the enrolment into the University’s undergraduate courses. All prospective HDR students apply directly to Notre Dame’s Admissions Offices with a completed Postgraduate Research Application for Admission form ( domestic / international ). Applications are then assessed by the Research Office and the respective School.
Please note the below deadline dates for Semester 2 2018:
Master of Philosophy and Professional Doctorate
Applications due: Friday 29 June 2018
Students must enrol by: Friday 27 July 2018
PhDs and Masters by Research
Applications due: Friday 27 July 2018
Students must enrol by: Friday 10 August 2018
Students interested in undertaking an HDR degree on the Broome Campus with the Nulungu Research Institute need to apply or register their interest through the Fremantle Campus.
Notre Dame provides a diverse range of financial support initiatives for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students, funded by internal and external sources in Australia.
Whilst individual applications are encouraged, the University is prioritizing “team-based” scholarships. As such it is recommended that stipend scholarship applicants discuss potential projects with prospective supervisors ahead of applying for a scholarship.