The application process for entry into Higher Degree Research (HDR) in the School of Social Science involves a number of important steps. Becoming an HDR student in the School requires you to meet the entry requirements of the UQ Graduate School and also to gain the support of the School.

The School of Social Science (SoSS) only supports applications from candidates who clearly demonstrate the ability to complete a high-quality Higher Degree by Research. Obtaining School support is not an automatic process and requires that the applicant do more than simply meet minimum entry requirements. We recommend that applicants start the SoSS process 2-3 months before the UQ Graduate School’s deadlines for online applications. This will allow the applicant sufficient time to gather the relevant documentation and to prepare a research proposal, and the School sufficient time to review your application.

There are four steps to gaining support from the School of Social Science. Throughout this application process the applicant must send application materials only to the School’s HDR Liaison Officer (HLO) who will be your primary point of contact ( The HLO will liaise with, and assist, the applicant throughout the process.

1. Meeting the Entry Requirements

Check that you, the applicant, meet the entry requirements of your chosen program. You will find these details at this link.

Develop a clear idea of your research interests and browse the staff profiles and research areas on the School of Social Science website to ascertain whether or not you can be accommodated in the School.

Ensure you meet English Language requirements. If English is not your first language, you should check that your English is of an appropriate standard. Note that the minimum requirement for entry to HDR in the School of Social Science is an IELTS overall score of 6.5. Further information on these requirements can be found at: