Higher Degrees by Research Programmes

The Fiji National University (FNU) is an institution of influence fostering a research community defined by global connectedness and networks with national and international research peers.

The University supports research in a broad range of areas relevant to Fiji in partnerships with the government and industries to grow our research activities and achievements for the transformation of our societies and economy.

Keeping a focus on applied research to address issues pertinent to national development, FNU is now offering higher degrees by research (PhD and Masters) in key disciplines.

The FNU doctoral programmes are designed to support research candidates with research preparatory courses and monitoring of research project progression with three milestones – a candidature confirmation within 10 months of enrolment; a mid-candidature review within 20 months and a completion seminar the end of 30 months. Duration of the programme is 3 years full time and 6 years part-time.

Our PhD and Masters by Research students form a valuable part of the University research community. Our research students will have the ability to work on real and important issues for Fiji, as they drive a significant percentage of the University’s research output.

Doctor of Philosophy Programme

These programmes are of international standards, meeting the requirements of Quality Assurance Agency, UK; Australian Qualification Framework 10 and Fiji Higher Education Commission Framework 10.

The PhD programme is a level 10 program, comprising a 60,000 to 100,000-word thesis, to be examined by two external examiners, followed by an oral examination (viva voce). The research preparatory courses and monitoring of project progression promote excellence and ensure timely completions.

Disciplines of study for Doctor of Philosophy include:

  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Science
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies
  • Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Education and Humanities


Entry requirement

The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD programme are:

(a) A Bachelors degree with first or upper second class honours at level 8, including a research component compromised of a thesis; or
(b) A Masters degree by course work with a GPA of 4 or above (FNU GPA equivalent) at level 9;
(c) A Masters by Research degree in a relevant discipline at level 9; or
(d) Evidence of academic qualification and/or experience that satisfies the Higher Degree by Research Committee (HDRC) that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and has the potential for research that is sufficient to undertake the proposed programme.


Masters by Research Programme

The FNU Masters by Research programmes are designed to support research candidates with research preparatory courses, and monitoring of research project progression with two milestones – a candidature confirmation within 8 months of enrolment; and a completion seminar at the end of 18 months. Duration of the programme is 2 years full time and 4 years part-time. At the end of their completion seminar, the candidate can apply to upgrade from the masters to PhD studies.

Masters by Research programmes are level 9 programmes comprising a 40,000 to a 60,000-word thesis which must be the student’s own work, embody the results of the research work undertaken by the student guided by two supervisors.

These programmes meet the requirements of Quality Assurance Agency, UK; Australian Qualification Framework 9; and Fiji Higher Education Commission Framework 9. Duration of the Programme is 2 years full time and 4 years part-time.

Disciplines of study for Masters by Research include:

  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Science
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies
  • Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Education and Humanities


Entry requirement

The minimum requirements for admission to a Masters by Research programme are:

(a) A Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 4 or above (FNU GPA equivalent) at level 7; or
(b) A graduate diploma with a GPA of 3.5 or above (FNU GPA equivalent) at level 8; or
(c) A Masters by coursework at level 9; or
(d) Evidence of academic qualification and/or experience that satisfies the HDRC that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and has the potential for research that is sufficient to undertake the proposed programme.

The medium of instruction at FNU is English language. Students must be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue HDR Programmes. HDR students will provide evidence from undergraduate qualifications/other English qualifications that confirm the English language competency.

Applicants can apply for HDR admission through online portal available on FNU website https://www.fnu.ac.fj/research/