Research Degrees

Degree Programs

Research Degrees

ANCORS maintains a significant and vibrant higher degree research (HDR) programme. We offer three research degrees:  

Entry Requirements

Each HDR application is assessed on its own merits based on a number of factors, including: the applicant’s research experience and academic achievements, professional experience, originality of the topic and its fit with ANCORS’ research interests, and English language requirements. For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum English language standard is IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in writing. 

However, there is no single, typical profile for entry into the programme. Whether you are a young scholar graduating from an Undergraduate Honours or Masters degree programme, or of mature age with limited (or temporally distant) prior academic qualifications but potentially decades of relevant professional experience and sound writing ability, you may be eligible.

Successful applicants may commence their ANCORS research degree in either University session: Autumn (February) or Spring (July); irrespective of whether they are domestic or international, or full-time or part-time, students. Note: The part-time study option is available only to domestic students (Australian residents and New Zealand citizens). 

Research Supervision and Topics

ANCORS offers supervision in a broad range of policy-relevant topics related to the sea. To check whether your research interests are compatible with our supervisory capacity, we recommend initially that prospective candidates browse our research programmes, key projects, and the research interests and publications lists of our academic staff members. Further examples of relevant research areas can be gleaned from the dissertation topics of current and completed ANCORS HDR students.

ANCORS welcomes enquiries from prospective HDR students, but note that while we can provide advice on proposals, we will not construct topics or proposals for you. >How to Apply There is a three step process potential candidates should follow to apply for an ANCORS research degree: 

Step 1: Prospective HDR candidates must contact ANCORS prior to making a formal application. They should provide an initial research proposal (maximum 2-3 pages) and a curriculum vitae. Prospective candidates must receive an in-principle, non-binding agreement from ANCORS to supervise their topic before moving to the next step. They should contact either Ms Myree Mitchell, or an academic staff member with relevant research interests.

Step 2: Once an in-principle agreement to supervise has been made, and a potential supervisor allocated, revise/complete the research proposal under advice from the Principal Supervisor.

Step 3: Apply online.  

Note: Each application is assessed on its own merit. An in-principle agreement to supervise does not imply prior acceptance of any subsequent application. Please allow sufficient time for this process before application and/or scholarship deadlines fall due: Last minute proposals or requests for application assistance will not be viewed favourably.


A number of scholarship options are available to eligible full-time HDR degree applicants. These include University and external scholarships for both domestic and international students. Prospective international HDR students should take particular note of Endeavour and AusAID scholarship options.

Scholarships are highly competitive and ANCORS recommends that potential scholarship applicants apply for all relevant scholarships to improve their chances of success. Note that each scholarship has a different application deadline and varied supporting documentation requirements; and that University scholarships are now offered in two separate rounds. Prospective students should not apply for a scholarship until they have received in-principle agreement from ANCORS to supervise their thesis in the application process outlined above.  

Last reviewed: 18 July, 2014