Starting your Higher Degree by Research (HDR)

An essential guide for all new RMIT Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates.

Orientation: finding your feet 


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HDR Orientation

You will be invited to a general HDR Orientation session in your first six months of candidature. You will also be invited to attend an induction run by Research Training Services that will cover your candidature questions. Please regularly check your emails for these invitations.

Candidates can also access orientation material via Research Plus 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 email invites from your School or the Research Training Services Team. 


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

Learn more about enrolment, credit for prior study or experience, leave and changes to candidature.

HDR structure and requirements

Whether you’re completing a PhD or Master by Research, 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.

Learn more about HDR enrolment and courses.

Need help? 

Submit an enquiry to the School of Graduate Research

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.