School of Creative Industries

PhD and Research Masters

Doctor of Philosopy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) students in the School of Creative Industries are preparing themselves for the world that we all know is just around the corner; a future where creativity, innovation and collaboration converge in an interdisciplinary global landscape.

Opportunities will depend on the ability to produce ideas, knowledge and skills for a world where the 'not yet known' demands innovation and creative thinking.

PhD student works from left: Shan Turner-Carroll Hair Jacket # 2, 2015, Digital inkjet print on archival rag paper, 53"x 36", edition of 7; Bliss Cavanagh at her sensory art exhibition Studio Bliss; Ruth Liou's The Bell at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

PhD and MPhil degrees offered by the School of Creative Industries

Find a supervisor

Your first step in applying for a PhD or MPhil is to contact a supervisor in your chosen field, so you can discuss possible research topics.

You can search for a supervisor by researcher name, area of expertise or by research centre name.

Who can apply?

Even if you don't have an Honours or Masters degree, you can apply to undertake a Research Masters, and, depending on progress, transfer to a PhD after your first full-time year of study. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Explore how to write a graduate research proposal, and talk to a supervisor to find out more.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate meeting the University's English proficiency policy.

How much will it cost?

There are no tuition fees, no HECS debt – postgraduate research degrees are free. Australian students are currently exempt from paying tuition fees for PhD and MPhil study.

  • For international students, see our costs section.

What support does the Faculty provide?

Our Higher Degree Research (HDR) Advantage Package means that you will have access to the information and support you need during your MPhil or PhD journey. This includes:

  • A detailed induction process to help make the transition to post graduate research easier.
  • A rich program of workshops, seminars and courses that will enhance your research skills, enable you to connect with other students, and provide timely support at key moments of your candidature.
  • Awards and prizes celebrating graduate research achievements and contributions to our research culture.
  • Access to resources tailored to our diverse graduate research cohort.
  • State-of-the-art creative spaces, including fine art studios, photomedia studios, 3D printers, galleries, music labs, production suites for TV and radio, broadcast studios, theatres and music labs.

Images PhD and MPhil student works from left: Shan Turner-Carroll Hair Jacket # 2, 2015, Digital inkjet print on archival rag paper, 53"x 36", edition of 7; Bliss Cavanagh at her sensory art exhibition Studio Bliss; Ruth Liou's The Bell at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi