Why research with ACU

We’re solving real-world issues with world-leading research in the fields of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Through our network of global partners and expert researchers, we strive to make a positive impact on industry, communities, and the lives of individuals.

World-leading research

Top 50 universities in the world for nursing
Top 100 universities in the world for theology, divinity, and religious studies
Top 75 universities in the world for education

Global experts

Our researchers push boundaries. They find new ways of approaching critical issues and engage, collaborate, and partner with industries, universities, governments, and communities to find positive solutions. Widely cited as experts in their fields, their success rate in acquiring ARC funding is higher than average, and many have won prestigious international research awards.

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Our institutes focus on our priority research areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Each is founded on the principles of social justice and the common good, and each strives for research excellence through community engagement and strategic industry partnerships. Find out more about the institutes' current research areas and projects.

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Research with real impact


We understand our results have more impact when we collaborate, communicate, and engage. That’s why we build innovation-led partnerships with government, non-governmental organisations, industry and communities, delivering practical solutions to their real-world problems. 

Australia, and beyond

We collaborate with researchers from around the world. By bringing together diverse perspectives and capabilities, we achieve innovative results with a global impact.

Our Rome Campus has become a hub for these multi-disciplinary teams to meet, and hosts scholars from the world’s best universities.  

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Research engagement

Through engaging with individuals, organisations, and the communities who ultimately benefit from our expertise, our research improves health, wellbeing and prosperity in a sustainable way.

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Research scholarships

Research scholarships are available to domestic and international candidates, and most include a generous living allowance.

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How to apply for candidature

If you’re ready to apply for a higher degree research program, we’re ready to help you on your way. Follow our step-by-step guide.

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International candidates

Join our thriving community of research candidates and complete a masters by research or a PhD in Australia.

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Ethics and integrity

We are committed to ethical research conducted with integrity and respect for the rights and interests of participants.

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