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.

4. Gaining the Support of Advisors and the Director of Research Training

Your prospective advisors will review your research proposal and may suggest further information or refinement of the proposal. If they are satisfied with the proposal, you will be invited to an interview with them either in person or via the internet. If it is decided that the School is able to support you and your research project, the Director of Research Training will approve the School’s recommendation to the Graduate School in support of your application. However, scholarship outcomes are determined at the Faculty and University level. Thus, it should be noted that a recommendation from the school does not guarantee scholarship success.

Best wishes with your application.