Fields of Research for HDR programs

The following fields of research codes have been agreed as areas with appropriate research depth and expertise to consider admission of higher degree by research candidates.

The following codes are the standard FoR classification codes used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) to classify research activity in Australia.

Mathematical Sciences

0103 Numerical and Computational Mathematics
010301 Numerical Analysis

Chemical Sciences

0301 Analytical Chemistry
030108 Separation Science
030199 Analytical Chemistry not elsewhere classified

Earth Sciences

0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
040603 Hydrogeology
040608 Surface Water Hydrology

Environmental Sciences

0501 Ecological Applications
050104 Landscape Ecology

0502 Environmental Science and Management
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
050205 Environmental Management
050209 Natural Resource Management

0503 Soil Sciences
050300 Soil Biology

Biological Sciences

0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology
060100 Biochemistry and Cell Biology

0602 Ecology
060204 Freshwater Ecology
060208 Terrestrial Ecology

0605 Microbiology
060500 Microbiology

0606 Physiology
060603 Animal Physiology Systems

0607 Plant Biology
060704 Plant Pathology
060705 Plant Physiology

Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences

0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
070104 Agricultural Spatial Analysis
070107 Farming Systems Research

0702 Animal Production
070204 Animal nutrition
070206 Animal reproduction
070299 Animal Production not classified elsewhere

0703 Crop and Pasture Production
070302 Agronomy
070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Weeds and Diseases)

0706 Horticultural Production
070604 Oenology and Viticulture

0707 Veterinary Sciences
070708 Veterinary Parasitology

0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
079901 Applied Hydrology

Information and Computing Sciences

0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
080101 Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics
080104 Computer Vision
080108 Neural, Evolutionary and Fuzzy Computation
080109 Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
080110 Simulation and Modelling

0805 Distributed Computing
080501 Distributed and Grid Systems
080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)

0806 Information Systems
080602 Computer-Human Interaction
080609 Information Systems Management

0807 Library and Infomation Studies
080703 Human Information Behaviour
080706 Librarianship
080707 Organisation of Information and Knowledge Resources
080708 Records and Information Management (excl. Business Records and Information Management)
080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified


0908 - Food Sciences
090801 Food Chemistry and Molecular Gastronomy (excl. Wine)

Medical and Health Sciences

1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
110201 Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular diseases)

1103 Clinical Sciences
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)

1105 Dentistry
110500 Dentistry

1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
110602 Exercise Physiology
110603 Motor Control
1106999 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified

1110 Nursing
111000 Nursing

1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
111503 Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice

1117 Public Health and Health Services
111700 Public Health and Health Services


1301 Education Systems
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
130106 Secondary Education

1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130213 Vocational Education and training Curriculum and Pedagogy

1303 Specialist Studies in Education
130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130312 Special Education and Disability
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators

1399 Other Education
139999 Education not elsewhere classified


1402 Applied Economics
140201 Agricultural Economics
140205 Environment and Resource Economics
140209 Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation

Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services

1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
150103 Financial Accounting
150105 Management Accounting

1503 Business and Management
150305 Human Resources Management
150306 Industrial Relations
150308 International Business
150311 Organisational Behaviour
150312 Organisational Planning and Management
150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified

1505 Marketing
150501 Consumer-Oriented Product or Service Development
150503 Marketing Management (incl. Strategy and Customer Relations)
150506 Marketing Theory
150599 Marketing not elsewhere classified

Studies in Human Society

1602 Criminology
160299Criminology not elsewhere classified

1604 Human Geography
160403 Social and Cultural Geography

1607 Social Work
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified

1608 Sociology
160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
160802 Environmental Sociology
160804 Rural Sociology
160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies

Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

1701 Psychology
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
170113 Social and Community Psychology
170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified

Law & Legal Studies

1801 Law
180119 Law and Society

Studies in Creative Arts and Writing

1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

1905 Visual Arts and Crafts
190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified

Language, Communication and Culture

2001 Communication and Media Studies
200101 Communication Studies
200104 Media Studies

2005 Literary Studies
200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)

History and Archaeology

2102 Curatorial and Related Studies
210201 Archival, Repository and Related Studies

2103 Historical Studies
210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

2201 Applied Ethics
220102 Business Ethics
220103 Ethical use of New Technology (e.g. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology)
220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)

2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
220202 History and Philosophy of Education

2203 Philosophy
220305 Ethical Theory
220309 Metaphysics

2204 Religion and Religious Studies
220405 Religion and Society

2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies
229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified