Our highly-ranked research program features world-renowned faculty, interdisciplinary research, and a spirit of collaboration. Both the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy are advanced research-focused degrees that produce high-quality original research under the supervision of world-class researchers and intellectual leaders.

MPhil (2-year)#

Master of Philosophy

Admission to a Master of Philosophy degree at ANU requires:

  1. An Australian Bachelor degree or higher, with an overall grade of distinction or higher, or its international equivalent, or
  2. Another degree that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1), or
  3. A combination of qualifications, research publications and/or professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1).

PhD (4-year)#

Doctor of of Philosophy

Admission to a Doctor of Philosophy degree at ANU requires:

  1. An Australian Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours - Upper (First Class Honours is often required) or its international equivalent, or
  2. Another degree with a significant research/thesis component that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1), or
  3. A combination of qualifications, research publications and/or professional experience related to the field of study that may be assessed as equivalent to paragraph (1).


ANU is ranked among the world’s most prestigious universities and is recognised for setting the standard in education and research on matters that will have an impact on advancing society and the world in which we live. Our graduates become the innovators and leaders of the future. For these reasons, admission to one of our research programs is competitive and most successful applicants are in the top five to ten percent of their class in their previous degree.


In applying for research study at the ANU School of Computing you should identify a research area and a potential supervisor within the School of Computing with whom you may like to work. Potential supervisors are listed within each research area. You may also like to explore availabilities in current research projects. Note that regardless of the quality of the application, you cannot be accepted into an ANU Computing research program without having the support of an ANU Computing researcher willing to supervise you.

When contacting potential supervisors it is important that you provide information relevant to your application, including a current CV and a brief research proposal. Our researchers are internationally recognised and receive many expressions of interest. If the potential supervisor is interested in speaking with you further, he or she will contact you by email. Please be patient as many of our researchers are extremely busy and have regular international travel, so there may be a delay in responding to your request. If a supervisor agrees to support your application, you may proceed to submit a formal application.

Formal Application#

If you believe you meet eligibility requirements and you have secured the support of a research supervisor, you may then submit a formal application for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) through the ANU application portal. Please see the ANU Postgraduate application advisory page for more information.


A complete application includes:

  • An application submitted through the ANU application portal.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé.
  • A research proposal.
  • Colour copies of all transcripts and completion certificates of prior study, with official English translation if the original document is not in English.
  • Three complete referee reports (referees are nominated through the application portal).

If we receive an incomplete application, the ANU Research Study Administration Team will contact the applicant and give 30 days to provide the outstanding documentation. If required documentation is not provided, the application will be denied.

We recommend submitting your application at least two weeks prior to scholarship application deadlines to give your referees time to provide their references for you.


We are committed to supporting our students with scholarships. All applications for scholarship are carefully and rigorously assessed. Our scholarship rounds are highly competitive, and we are only able to provide scholarship funding for the top applicants.

To view the full list of scholarships offered by the ANU, please visit the ANU Scholarships page.

Individual ANU School of Computing researchers may also have access to additional research funding for scholarships from external partners or from the School. Please ask your potential research supervisor about these external/internal scholarships.

Details about the 2023 scholarship rounds are available on the Research Scholarship Information Page .

Scholarship round Admission application closing date Scholarship commencement date
2023 Round 1 International Closing 31 August 2022 1 Jan 2023 - 31 March 2023
2023 Round 1 Domestic Closing 31 October 2022 1 Jan 2023 - 31 March 2023
2023 Round 2 International and Domestic Closing 15 April 2023 Up to 31 August 2023

Additional Support#

Enrolled ANU School of Computing Postgraduate Research students automatically receive generous financial support from the School for professional development activities (such as travel to conferences to present their work, and a PC/laptop for their work). Additional Support (including financial): Student Assistance and Health, Safety and Wellbeing

There are also additional ANU funding sources for enrolled students, including:


A dedicated team of academic and professional staff are available within the College to provide support for all our Postgraduate Research students. The College Postgraduate Research Services team is the best first point of contact. If they can’t help you directly, they will forward your query to the appropriate staff member or team.

Common Questions#

Are there any intermediate hurdles I need to pass?#

To help structure your HDR program, ANU has set progress milestones that you need to complete. You should discuss with your supervisory panel about completing these milestones.

Can I take a leave of absence?#

Yes. There are 3 types of leave you can take:

  • • Program leave of absence. This is generally taken when you face situations that prevent you from working on your research studies (e.g. medical or personal reasons, maternity, etc.).
  • Recreational (annual) leave. You are entitled to 4 weeks of recreational leave per year.
  • Other leave relevant to your research studies (e.g. conference travel, fieldwork, etc.).

More information about the above types of leave and how to apply

I don’t think I can finish on time, what can I do?#

You can extend your candidature. Information on the duration of extension and how to apply are here.


Support for purchasing computing resources#

The school provides a one-off funding for you to purchase a desktop/laptop. The exact funding amount may vary year to year (please check with your supervisor or the computing admin team for the exact amount). If your research requires computers more expensive than this support, your supervisor may be able to provide additional support (please check with your supervisor). The purchase must be done via IT and you need to include a 3 year on-site warranty.

How can I improve my writing?#

Generally, your supervisors would be able to help with the style of writing suitable for your particular research field.

In addition, ANU provides a variety of writing support, including one-on-one support.

A couple of good books on writing:

  • Elements of Style by W. Strunk and E.White. This book provides the “what” of good writing.
  • Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by J. M. Williams and G. G. Colomb. This book provides the “how” of good writing.

I have problems with my HDR journey, who can I contact?#

Generally, your primary supervisor would be the first person to contact.

You are also welcome to contact your HDR convenors, HDR Delegated Authority, or CECS HDR Director:

  • HDR Convenor for Computational Science cluster: Yu Lin
  • HDR Convenor for Computing Foundation cluster: Shoaib Akram
  • HDR Convenor for Data Science & Analytics cluster: Yu Lin
  • HDR Convenor for Intelligence Systems cluster: Patrik Haslum
  • HDR Delegated Authority: Hanna Kurniawati

For administrative matters, please contact the Postgraduate Research Services team

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