Quality research involves time and dedication. It also involves critical stages that each prospective researcher encounters along his or her research journey. We've put together guidance to support you throughout your research.
While everyone’s research journey is unique, there are key stages and milestones that you will encounter during your degree. Here’s what to expect at each stage of your journey.
Are you considering applying to become a higher-degree researcher? Before you begin, there are a few things to do:
The acceptance of your application depends on meeting the eligibility requirements, your ability to undertake research, the quality and feasibility of your proposal, and the availability of appropriate supervision.
After you have applied, been accepted and enrolled into your higher degree by research, we will notify you of dates and locations of orientation days. These orientation days are designed to get you off to the best possible start and make sure you understand your rights, responsibilities, and the support available to you during your degree.
Once you’ve completed any required coursework, you will be required to have your candidature confirmed by the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research). This important milestone can happen between six and 24 months after you enrol, depending on the degree you have chosen.
A Confirmation of Candidature Panel will make a recommendation to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) based on your submission of a chapter, a progress report, and a verbal presentation. The panel will assess the amount of progress and quality of work undertaken so far as well as the feasibility that you’ll complete the project in a timely manner.
Now, the fun part: the chance to conduct your research. Before you begin, it’s important to put time and thought into the design of your research to ensure you are asking the right questions, applying the right methodology, and sourcing the right data. You’ll also need to be able to complete your research in the allocated timeframe. Your supervisor will be a valuable source of advice at this stage and throughout.
It’s also important that you are conducting research in a manner that meets our high standards of ethics, integrity, and compliance.
Similar to the Confirmation of Candidature, in the Mid-Candidature Review you will need to submit two chapters, a progress report and a verbal presentation for assessment by the Mid-Candidature Review Panel. This will happen between six and 36 months after you enrol, depending on your degree and whether you’re studying full-time or part-time.
Following your presentation, the panel will make a recommendation to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research).
The Final Review will occur shortly before you submit your thesis. The Final Year Review Panel will review two more chapters that they’ve not previously reviewed, and you will again be required to submit a progress report and give a verbal presentation.
The panel will make recommendations to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) on whether you should submit your thesis or re-present your submission, or if your candidature should be terminated.
If you have successfully completed your Final Review, you may submit your thesis for examination at any time of the year. You will, however, need to submit your Thesis Summary form and Appointment of Examiners form at least two months prior to submission.
To access forms to submit your thesis for examination, you will need to log into our online administration system, Orion.
The examination is a complex process and varies in length, but you should expect it to take up to four months from the date you submit your thesis.
When you successfully complete your research degree, you won’t need to apply to graduate. The Candidature Services team will advise Course Completions that you’re eligible to graduate once the Chair of Academic Board has approved your completion.
Graduation ceremonies are held in April/May and September/October each year. You’ll need to submit the final bound copy of your thesis to Candidature Services at least eight weeks prior to the ceremony.
We understand that life doesn’t always go to plan. Along your journey, you may wish to vary the conditions of your candidature.
You can apply for the following variations to candidature via our online administration system, Orion:
If you’re a domestic candidate, you can also apply to change your course load from full-time to part-time (or vice-versa). This option is not available for international candidates.
For variations to supervision arrangements, please complete and submit the Change of Supervision Arrangements form. Find this form on our forms for existing researchers and candidates page.
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