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Master of Design Research

  • Masters (Research)

This research degree will provide opportunities for students to carry out advanced research in response to a research question of their choice.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Research)
2 years full-time
Course Code
5723, 096705F
Study Mode
In person
International Fees
$32,000 per year / $64,000 total

About this course

This research degree will provide opportunities for students to carry out advanced research in response to a research question of their choice. Students devise and implement a Design research project to answer a specific question, placing the answer in the context of an intellectual tradition and communicating it clearly to others.

As a graduate, they will have developed high level critical, analytical and research methodological skills in addition to a strong theoretical understanding of practice relevant to their area of investigation.

Entry requirements

An applicant for admission to the Master of Design Research is required to hold:

  • a postgraduate qualification with a GPA of at least 5 in a related discipline
  • OR a Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours (Division B) in a related discipline.

In addition to the academic qualifications required for candidature as described above, the following criteria needs to be satisfied for admission:

  • the proposed topic is appropriate for higher degree research;
  • the Queensland College of Art is able to provide the necessary research place, supervision, resources and facilities; and there is an appropriate fit between the applicant, research environment, available resources and supervision;
  • the proposed program of work can be completed within the maximum period of candidature for the degree;
  • the proposed research does not reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma;
  • the proposed program conforms to the University's ethical guidelines on research involving humans and animals;
  • where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student has been signed.

The following University policy will apply to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs:

  • Higher Degree Research Policy

Applicants wishing to commence in Research Intake 1 should lodge their application prior to the closing date listed at the top of this page. Applicants applying to commence at any other time should submit their application at least four months before their preferred intake date. Refer to the Scholarship Key Dates for further information.

Study locations

South Bank

Gold Coast

Career pathways

Prepare for a research-related career and become eligible for entry into a doctoral program, as well as consideration for higher degree by research scholarships.

Credit for prior study or work

The University's Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy will apply.

How to apply

To prepare for completing your application online, you will need to:

  • check the Admission and English Language Proficiency requirements to find out if you are academically qualified to apply for this program;
  • check any program fees applicable to you if you were to undertake this program;
  • develop a proposed Research Topic and Research Proposal in your area of interest;
  • identify at least one potential Griffith supervisor who has reviewed your Research Proposal and has agreed to supervise you;
  • identify two Academic Referees who are willing to act as a Referee on your behalf;
  • develop a Curriculum Vitae (CV).

More detail on each of the above preparation steps including what to feature in your Research Proposal or CV and how to find a supervisor are outlined on the Research Study - How to apply website.


Once you are ready to apply, you can add this program to your shortlist at the top of this page or apply for this program now (a maximum of three preferences is allowed).

Griffith will assess your first preference and will only assess subsequent preferences if you are not successful.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be sent an email about how to track your application.

For a full list of your incomplete or submitted applications, please view your application list.

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