QUT Research

Bridging the gap between possibility and reality

Achieving at a world-class standard
Research at QUT is world class. More than 85 per cent of QUT’s current research areas were rated at world standard or above in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. QUT also has a track record of attracting major international grants including funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the US-based Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

QUT top performing ERA (2015) research areas:

Top rating of 5 (well above world standard)
• Agricultural Biotechnology
• Communication and Media Studies
• Curriculum and Pedagogy
• Geology
• Human Movement and Sports Science
• Information Systems
• Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
• Materials Engineering
• Medical Biotechnology
• Numerical and Computational Mathematics
• Statistics

Top rating of 4 (above world standard)
• Applied Mathematics
• Biomedical Engineering
• Business and Management
• Cultural Studies
• Data Format
• Education Systems
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Environmental Science and Management
• Evolutionary Biology
• Law
• Mechanical Engineering
• Nursing
• Nutrition and Dietetics
• Oncology and Carcinogenesis
• Optical Physics
• Organic Chemistry
• Other Physical Sciences
• Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural)
• Public Health and Health Services
• Specialist Studies in Education

Real-world research strengths and priorities

With a global outreach, QUT is the fastest growing research university in Australia. QUT’s research covers a diverse range of areas, with our internationally renowned researchers providing practical solutions to address issues and concerns facing industry, the professions and the global community.

The University’s strengths and priority areas are:
• Biomedical engineering and health technologies
• Biomolecular science
• Chronic disease intervention
• Data science, computational modelling and simulation science
• Digital media
• Educating and engaging children and youth
• Health systems
• Injury prevention and management
• Innovation
• Materials science and engineering
• Nanomaterials
• Surface engineering
• Molecular synthesis
• Characterisation
• Plant biotechnology
• Agricultural and energy sustainability
• Plant disease diagnosis and control
• Robotics and computer vision

More information on each priority area can be found here.

Two examples of current research at QUT:

• QUT is working to develop cost effective, innovative wound care techniques and products to treat wounds such as diabetic ulcers and burns. These treatments may also aid victims of earthquakes and tsunamis, where wounds and wound infection contribute to the death toll.
• Avionics engineers are developing the technology to enable remotely piloted aircraft. The aircraft may be used to scout bushfire-prone country and relay images to fire management authorities, or provide information in search and rescue missions over land or sea.

A high level of support

As a QUT research student, you can benefit from a comprehensive program of face-to-face and online training and development opportunities as well as specialist training and administrative support through our dedicated Research Students Centre. We recognise the importance of the student-supervisor relationship and our research staff are trained and accredited in the supervision of research students. We have Research Students Centres located at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove libraries, and individual consultation with liaison librarians is available. You will have opportunities to receive international exposure for research findings through the QUT ePrints repository of published research outputs and PhD and masters by research theses. We provide international exchange opportunities and a scheme to provide financial support for study-related travel, including attending conferences and accessing specialised equipment or resources.

Investing in research

In the past decade QUT and its supported have invested more than half a billion dollars to build and renew infrastructure for its research, teaching and learning environments.

Available funding options:

Each year QUT awards a limited number of scholarships to students of exceptional research potential who are applying for a masters by research, PhD or professional doctorate.  The scholarships available in the annual round (closing date 30 September 2016) are as follows:

QUT Postgraduate Research Award (QUTPRA)
Pays a living allowance to international students ((AU$25,859 in 2015 and indexed annually) and recipients also receive a QUT Higher Degree Research Tuition Fee Scholarship.

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
Pays a living allowance to international students who have been awarded an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) (AU$25,859 in 2015 and indexed annually).

International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
Covers the tuition fees and overseas health care of international students.

QUT Women’s Re-entry Scholarship
Recipients will receive a living allowance (AU$25,859 in 2015 and indexed annually) for up to three years. International students will also receive an accompanying QUT Higher Degree Research Tuition Fee Sponsorship.

QUT Vice-Chancellor's (VC) Top-Up Scholarship
Recipients will receive a top-up scholarship to the value of $10,000 each year to supplement initial living allowance.

There are also faculty-funded, institute funded and top-up scholarships available. Find further details here.


"My time as a researcher allowed great intellectual freedom and discovery. Research has allowed me to work on the cutting edge of my field, and to contribute new knowledge in the area of medical engineering. I believe research is about charting new territory, which is an exciting and challenging experience."
Katrina McDonald, PhD (Science and Engineering) student

"I’ve chosen to do a PhD because I love academia - it’s a passion for me. I did my masters here and it was a really good experience for me, so when I thought about the PhD, QUT was my first choice." [Zum Video]
Thamar Baazeem , PhD (Business) student

"I decided to move into the topic of microalgae biofuels because it is a relatively new topic and economic research for this topic has been quite limited. At QUT, you’re free to explore different avenues from which you can take your research from." [Zum Video]
Amar Doshi, PhD (Business) student