Starting your Higher Degree by Research (HDR)
An essential guide for all new RMIT higher degree by research (HDR) candidates.
Enrolment, leave and changes to candidature
During your Higher Degree by Research (HDR) you will enrol each year, take leave and may make changes to your candidature.
You need to complete three milestone reviews during your Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidature.
PhD Up Program
The PhD Up program offers graduate researchers a huge range of workshops, seminars and short courses to build research knowledge and skills.
The Researcher Portal is RMIT’s all-in-one resource that brings a researcher’s world into one place.
This page lists HDR-specific forms, advice and guidelines in use at RMIT. These documents are for use by candidates.
Research integrity – Your responsibilities
Be the best researcher you can be: understand your responsibilities, develop relevant skills, engage with your academic community and grow your networks.
Submission and examination
The Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) submission and examination process includes steps both you and your supervisor need to complete.
Resources and support
RMIT offer a vast range of resources and support services for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates to give you the best chance of success.
Candidate Action and Support Plan
We want all our Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) candidates to get the support they need, when they need it, to successfully complete their research program.
RMIT provides academic supervision for all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates to make sure you’re fully supported with your research project. You will have at least two supervisors who are experts in your field.
When things don't go to plan
Sometimes your journey through your Higher Degree by Research (HDR) isn’t smooth.