Higher Degree by Research (HDR)

The College of Business and Law Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) fosters a world-class research environment in which candidates produce cutting edge research and theses that facilitate shaping future society and innovation.

The DTC provides an innovative research environment that enables doctoral education, training, and research of the highest quality. One of the DTC’s primary objectives is to assist candidates to address and solve problems in industry, government, non-government and community sectors. 

The Centre trains cohorts of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates to have broader capabilities, skills, and expertise.  The Centre annually hosts a summer and winter conference plus two mini conferences to allow HDR candidates to undertake their milestone reviews. The DTC provides professional opportunities in the form of workshops, seminars, debates, internships, professional development, keynotes, networking, and competitions. In this way, the DTC fosters a strong intellectual climate which promotes knowledge sharing and learning. The Centre’s multidisciplinary approach and strong external links are key strengths.

In the last 10 years, the College of Business and Law has successfully graduated over 400 HDR candidates. Currently the DTC hosts over 350 HDR candidates spread across nine disciplinary areas. In each of these disciplines we have world-class researchers and postgraduate supervisors with strong links to industry, government, academia and community organisations.

The Doctoral Training Centre provides a global postgraduate experience through:

  • Engagement with industry:
    • Growing a track record of industry-funded scholarships by building on relationships with leading global organisations
    • Incorporating best practices into the HDR programs guided by industry advisory panels to enable DTC graduates to excel in their chosen careers
    • Encouraging candidate participation in internship opportunities where possible
  • Enhancement of the candidate experience:
    • Providing specialised programs and events, such as the Three Minute Thesis competition, with a view to developing professional presentation skills
    • Encouraging participation in prestigious academic conferences to promote networking across the research sectors and global boundaries

The Doctoral Training Centre’s current and future initiatives include:

  • Candidate training which focuses on building multi-disciplinary skills and professional development
  • Industry-linked scholarships and funding
  • Facilitating industry engagement and work experience
  • Cotutelle and joint PhD partnerships with institutions across Europe and Asia

People and Contacts

Professor Alemayehu Molla

Director, Doctoral Training Centre

All DTC related enquiries can be emailed to: dtc.business@rmit.edu.au

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The HDR journey in the College of Business and Law

Learn more on how the College of Business supports its HDR candidates in their research training.

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