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:

How to apply

In order to express your interest in an MPhil please do the following:

  • Visit the UQ Graduate School website to peruse information about research higher degree programs including entry requirements, how to apply, and scholarships.
  • If you believe that you meet the entry requirements, then you should read further information about QBI Group Leaders and their research areas. You will need to make direct contact with a Group Leader from the research area of greatest interest to you to engage in a discussion with them concerning the possibility of undertaking postgraduate studies in their laboratory. When contacting your chosen Group Leader, please also provide a copy of your detailed academic CV (include links to publications you have been involved with), complete academic transcripts for all tertiary study you have undertaken (include grading system information), and evidence of English language proficiency if an international candidate.
  • 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 student office at qbistudents@qbi.uq.edu.au to confirm they are able to support your application. The student office will send you detailed information on how to apply via the UQ Graduate School website.
  • Applications are considered complete when we have received all required supporting documents (including two referee reports) and any extra documents or information that may be requested. We will request referee reports from your listed referees, via the online application system, after we receive your application and your proposed advisor has confirmed that they wish to support your application. If your complete online application receives confirmed support by the proposed principal advisor, and the QBI Research Higher Degree Committee approves progression of your application, a School Recommendation Form will be prepared at QBI and your complete application will be forwarded to the UQ Graduate School for formal assessment.  A detailed project description will also be completed at this time by the principal advisor, in consultation with the applicant.  The UQ Graduate School will contact you with an assessment outcome; applicants must be assessed as ‘eligible for admission and scholarship’ to be considered in the next UQ scholarship round.

Application documents to submit

  • Academic CV – what should be included in an academic CV can be found here: www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/academic-CV
  • Tertiary academic transcripts (including grading system information), and degree award certificates (testamurs), showing the university name, the date awarded and bearing the University seal. If your academic transcripts and degree award certificates are in a language other than English, translations into English will also be required from an official translator.
  • Two Referee Reports are required using the Referee Report template available at: www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/how-to-apply. Please complete as much of the template as you can and then send it to your referees asking them to return the completed form directly to the QBI Research Higher Degree Manager via email (qbistudents@uq.edu.au).
  • Proof of English language proficiency (IELTS is the preferred test at UQ and is also often required for VISA applications – please be sure to check with your local Australian Diplomatic Mission or the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). Please see www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/english-language-proficiency-requirements for more details on how to meet this requirement. At the time of commencing your PhD or MPhil study, your IELTS must be less than two years old.


Ms Janet Voight 
Research Higher Degree Manager 

   +61 7 3346 6401



QBI Research Groups