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When Should I Apply for and Commence a Higher Degree by Research?

It is possible to apply for higher degree by research candidature at any time of the year. However, the University's preferred start dates are January for students intending to start in Semester 1 (2 January - 30 June) and July for students intending to start in Semester 2 (1 July - 31 December).

Commencement at other times will only be permitted, with the approval of the Dean of Graduate studies, where a sound academic reason exists.

Note that the core component of the structured program (CCSP), the Integrated Bridging Program—Research (IBP-R) and coursework (including the core Master of Philosophy courses for international students) are normally delivered on a semester basis. Consequently, by commencing at the beginning of a semester, you will receive the best possible structured introduction to your PhD or Master by Research degree.

Further information about what the induction, CCSP, IBP-R and other 'milestones' entail, is provided in the 'Candidature section' of this Handbook.

Scholarship Applicants

The closing date for the major round of scholarship applications for domestic students (including Research Training Program (RTP) awards and the majority of University scholarships) is 31 October each year.

The closing date for the mid-year round of scholarships for domestic students is early June each year.

Domestic scholarship recipients awarded a scholarship in the major round are generally required to commence study by 31 March of the year for which the scholarship is awarded.

However, under special circumstances, an award holder may be permitted to commence study after 31 March but not later than 30 June.

Domestic scholarship recipients awarded a scholarship in the mid-year round are required to commence study by 30 November of the year for which the scholarship is awarded.

Further information regarding domestic scholarships is available from the Senior Scholarships and Finance Officers in the Adelaide Graduate Centre.

International Students

The University holds three international scholarship rounds for prospective international students. Two types of scholarships are offered in the scholarship rounds:

  • Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships and
  • Adelaide Scholarships International

Further information, including the closing dates for each round, is available on the International Research Scholarships website.

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