Joint PhD program

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is one of the highest degrees that can be awarded. It is an advanced academic qualification seen as a requirement for the majority of academic and research positions in a wide range of fields and industries. The aim of the PhD is to foster the development of independent research skills. These skills include the capacity to formulate a significant problem, to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge in a relevant disciplinary area.


4 years maximum (full-time)


Students are required to produce a thesis of no more than 80,000 words, with the research representing a significant new contribution to the discipline.

Student type

There are two PhD pathways to consider:

  • i-student: PhD program commence at IITD, 2nd year of PhD at UQ
  • a-student: PhD program commence at UQ, 2nd year of PhD at IITD


Please note:

  • Applicants who have completed their qualifying degree in India will be considered for admission as i-students.
  • Applicants who have completed their qualifying degree in Australia will be considered for admission as a-students.
  • International applicants (with citizenship other than India and Australia) may apply for admission as i-students, according to specified criteria (see below).
  • a-student projects will only be available for Australian domestic students.

Minimum level of academic achievement

To meet UQIDARs admissions requirements for a PhD, applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

·         Minimum qualifications for i-students

·         Minimum qualifications for a-students

·         English language proficiency requirements also apply

Relevance of degree

The completed degree must be in an area that is relevant to the intended PhD, including sufficient specialization such that the applicant will have already developed an understanding and appreciation of a body of knowledge relevant to the intended PhD.

Currency of applicant’s knowledge

The applicant’s degree and/or professional experience must demonstrate that the applicant’s knowledge of the discipline in which they plan to undertake their PhD is current. It is therefore expected that an applicant will have completed their tertiary studies and/or any relevant professional experience in the ten years immediately prior to their intended entry to the PhD.

Commencement dates

The academic year is divided into research quarters for PhD students:

·         Research quarter 1: 1 January – 31 March​

·         Research quarter 2: 1 April – 30 June

·         Research quarter 3: 1 July – 30 September

·         Research quarter 4: 1 October – 31 December

Enrolment and commencement in the PhD program is fixed to a specific period:

·         January intake: 1-31 January (UQ Research Quarter 1)

·         July intake: 1-30 June (UQ Research Quarter 3)

For more information see when to apply


All successful UQIDAR PhD applicants will be offered a scholarship to enable students to focus on their research.  Two types of scholarships exist:


·         I-student scholarships

·         a-student scholarships



Students will be located at either the IIT Delhi or UQ campus.

·         i-student: PhD program commence at IITD, 2nd year of PhD at UQ

·         a-student: PhD program commence at UQ, 2nd year of PhD at IITD