Starting your Higher Degree by Research (HDR)

An essential guide for all new RMIT higher degree by research (HDR) candidates.

Orientation: Finding your feet 

How2RMIT for HDR 

Learn all about starting at RMIT from current students in a 90 minute session, which includes a campus tour. 

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HDR Orientation Day 

Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are unable to run our usual face-to-face HDR Orientation Day, but we’ve made the content available to you on PhD Up Online in Canvas. You’ll find webinars, videos and slide packs with important orientation information, along with tips and tricks on getting started with your research degree at RMIT. 

School or College Induction 

Learn all about HDR life in your School or College. Check for e-mails from your School or the Research Training Services Team. 

Find a MATE 

Connect with an existing HDR candidate to help you settle in, meet other students and find your way around. 

Find out more and register


Once you accept your offer to study at RMIT, refer to these enrolment steps to secure your place. 

Learn more about enrolment, credit transfer, leave and changes to your candidature. 

HDR structure and requirements

Whether you’re doing a PhD or Master by Research (MRes) your degree pathway follows the same basic structure.

You’ll be required to complete three milestone reviews throughout your candidature:

  • Confirmation of Candidature
  • Second Milestone Review
  • Third Milestone Review

Each milestone is a stepping stone towards submission and examination.

At the start of your candidature, you are required to complete several compulsory research courses. You may also require ethics approval to do your research.

Need help? 

Submit an enquiry to the School of Graduate Research

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