Higher Degree by Research (HDR)

Why complete a Higher Degree by Research?

The School of Social Science Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program features:

World-Class Research

Our staff specialise in a variety or research areas across the social sciences, while our UQ Culture & Heritage Unit and our links to the Institute for Social Science Research offer the opportunity to utilise your skills and knowledge in cutting-edge research projects with real-world applications.

Highest-Quality Support and Resources

Our school prides itself on high-quality supervision for our HDR students. Visit our staff page to see the areas of expertise of our academic staff and choose the best fit for your advisory team. Choosing the UQ School of Social Science for your Higher Degree by Research study will also give you access to world-class facilities and resources, such as the Anthropology Museum collection, the Archaeology Laboratories, the Archaeology Teaching & Research Centre (ATARC) and the UQ Graduate School.

Collegial Atmosphere

By undertaking Higher Degree by Research study with the School of Social Science, you will be joining more than 90 other students who are undertaking a variety of exciting research projects across our four disciplines.

What can I study?

In the School of Social Science, Higher Degree by Research can be taken in the following programs:

Students can undertake HDR study in the following fields within our school:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Criminology
  • Museum Studies
  • Sociology

UQ Graduate School

Candidature Management Portal

Applying for a Higher Degree by Research

Information for current HDR students

Research Funding

Our Students

See our Current Student Profiles

HDR Events

Postgraduate Conference

Postgraduate Photo Competition

Key contacts

For all administrative enquiries regarding HDR study, please contact Lindsay Muller at hdr.socialscience@enquire.uq.edu.au

For academic enquiries, the Director of Higher Degree Research is Dr Kim de Rijke.

The HDR Representative is Averil Martin

School Manager, Karen Wheeler.

School Executive Support Officer, Julia Michel-Clark.