School of Architecture

How long does it take?

  • A PhD is usually three years full time, or six years part time
  • An MPhil is usually eighteen months full time, or three years part time

What are the entry requirements?

Entry to the PhD is normally on the basis of (one of):

  • a bachelor's degree with honours class IIA or better from UQ or equivalent elsewhere
  • a research master's degree
  • a coursework master's degree with at least a 25% research component and an overall grade point average equivalent to 5.0 on the 7-point UQ scale
  • a bachelor's degree plus relevant research experience

For the MPhil, entry can be given on the basis of honours class IIB or better. Students can apply to transfer from the MPhil to the PhD after the first 12 months.

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What are the English language proficiency requirements?

An exceptional level of written and spoken English communication is needed for Higher Degree by Research study at UQ. A minimum IELTS of 6.5 and writing score of 6 is required, and samples of written work will be assessed as part of the admission process.

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Do I have to live in Brisbane?

Students are expected to spend at least some of their candidature located in Brisbane. The exact amount is negotiable with the Advisory team according to the stage of candidature and nature of the project. Remote students are not, however, eligible to receive a scholarship.

When can I apply?

Domestic students can apply for admission at any time, but there are a number of scholarship rounds per year.

How do I apply?

All applications need:

  • A research proposal โ€“ developed in agreement with a proposed principal advisor
  • Support materials โ€“ CV, academic transcripts, evidence of English language proficiency
  • A completed application

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How do I contact the School of Architecture?

You can contact a member of staff directly to discuss your research interests and identify a topic that will be of mutual interest, but you should also carbon copy (cc) all correspondence to:

Postgraduate Coordinator, Dr Manu Sobti -

Postgraduate Administrative Officer -