A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an internationally recognised postgraduate research degree that involves undertaking a significant research project. The MPhil program provides students with an opportunity to develop and enhance analytical and research skills through independent investigation in a specific field. Many MPhil students choose to continue with their research in order to obtain a PhD. Likewise, some PhD students elect to finish early with an MPhil.

MPhil students enrolled at the QBI are eligible to receive:

  • Computer with appropriate software and internet access
  • Photocopying and scanning facilities.

How to apply

To express your interest to undertake an MPhil at QBI, please do the following:

  1. Visit the UQ Graduate School website to review information about the MPhil program including entry requirements, application procedures, and scholarship information and deadlines. 
  2. If you believe that you meet the entry requirements, please review the Research Groups information to find the lab with the research program of greatest interest to you. Once identified, email the Group Leader directly to discuss the possibility of completing your MPhil in their lab. In your email, include the following:
    1. Academic CV with hyperlinks to your published work, and the Impact Factor of the journal if relevant
    2. Academic transcripts for all tertiary level study showing a list of courses, the grades achieved, and the grading system used at the institution of study
    3. Information on how you would meet UQ’s English language proficiency requirement
  3. After you have received confirmation from a Group Leader agreeing to be your proposed Principal Advisor, you and/or the Group Leader should email the QBI student office at qbistudents@qbi.uq.edu.au to confirm that they are able to support your application. The student office will send you detailed information and instructions to help you  apply via the UQ Graduate School website.

When the QBI student office receives your online application, they will request referee reports from your listed referees via the online application system. They will also check your application documents; if they require any further information or documents they will send you a request via the online application system.

Applications are considered complete when we have received both referee reports and any extra documents or information that we requested. If your complete application is supported by the proposed Principal Advisor, and the QBI Higher Degree by Research Committee, a School Recommendation Form will be prepared at QBI. A detailed project description will also be completed at this time; the proposed Principal Advisor will liaise with you about your project. 

When the School Recommendation is finalised, your complete application will be forwarded to the UQ Graduate School for formal assessment. The QBI student office will notify you when this has been done and your application will change to ‘in process’ in the online application system.

From this point forward, the UQ Graduate School admissions team will communicate with you via the online application system and your assessment outcome will be sent via this system as well. Applicants must be assessed as ‘eligible for admission and scholarship’ to be considered in the next UQ scholarship round.


Jodie Brennan
Higher Degree by Research Liaison Officer
   +61 (07) 3443 1167



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