PhD and Masters by Research
About Higher Degrees by Research
Our research extends across various disciplines in our faculties and Research Centres in the university. Our Research Centres reflect a wide array of research excellence. Researchers and HDR students are aligned to our primary disciplinary areas and are supported by the rich research communities of our Research Centres. Research projects can be found within the Research Centres.
Previously completed Higher Degree Research theses can be found on our institutional repository.
Torrens offers foundational research training courses including the Graduate Certificate of Research Studies and the Graduate Diploma of Research Studies which will prepare you for undertaking a future research degree.Our impact
Our targeted disciplines
At Torrens University Australia, the focus for Higher Degree by Research students is to follow the selected Field of Research (FoR) codes:
- FoR 42 - Health Sciences and Policy
- FoR 33 - Built Environment and Design
- FoR 32 - Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
- FoR 46 - Information and Computing Sciences
- FoR 35 - Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Find a project
Centre of Artificial Intelligence Research and Optimisation (AIRO)
Cutting-edge research in Artificial Intelligence and Optimisation providing leadership and creating intelligent solutions to benefit societies. Starting with industry, community, professional bodies, and government’s needs, we engage in the research process with collaborators, end users and advisors.Centre for Healthy Futures (CHEF)
Through research on environmental, lifestyle and economic factors that impact health and quality of life, our research contributes to better understanding healthcare systems and developing technology for both individual and whole of population Health.Centre for Organisational Change and Agility (COCA)
Our practice and theory informed research approach spans research topics from finance and global project management, global supply and value to leadership, business systems and organisational behaviour.
Centre for Healthy Sustainable Development (CHSD)
Our mission is to conduct cross-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research to tackle complex and important policy issues of our time, which are aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.Centre for Public Health, Equity and Human Flourishing (PHEHF)
Creating the 'fertile soil' to enable human flourishing requires innovative, social science informed scholarship which focuses on making a fairer and socially just world for all. Our mission is to conduct transdisciplinary research to tackle complex and critical public health issues of our time.
Undertaking a PhD at Torrens University Australia was a truly wonderful experience. My supervisors supported me and my ideas. The expertise I gained through my research led to opportunities in academic work and psychotherapeutic practice.Antonia SaunokonokoPhD
This course has exceeded my expectations. I never thought on the day I started studying nursing I’d be researching models of care and policy in the Netherlands, Canada and Scotland.Heather AllansonMaster of Philosophy
Undertaking a PhD at Torrens University Australia was a truly wonderful experience. My supervisors supported me and my ideas. The expertise I gained through my research led to opportunities in academic work and psychotherapeutic practice.Dr Antonia SaunokonokoPhD
Are you ready to study for a research degree? Complete our self-assessment to prepare.
- Are you ready to work independently and solve a research problem not yet investigated?
- Are you ready to further develop your academic writing and contribution through a major thesis works and publications?
- Are you motivated to engage in your research project continuously over the duration of the course?
- Are you ready to immerse yourself in the current literature and knowledge to build new knowledge?
- Do you consider yourself committed, hardworking and possessing a desire to share new knowledge?
If you answer Yes to the above questions, a research degree at Torrens University will support you in building a research career.
Supervisors are assigned to students based on expertise and availability. However, we strongly encourage students to review our Research Profiles and reach out to academics to discuss potential supervision, the development of the Expression of Interest and the Research Proposal.
Supervisors accepting students and the project areas in which they research can be reviewed on the Research Profiles. Master of Philosophy, Graduate Certificate of Research Studies, and Graduate Diploma of Research Studies students will work with subject facilitators to sculpt their research proposals aligning them to the targeted research areas of Torrens researchers culminating in supervisor allocation.