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 PhD Up program offers PhD and masters by research candidates a huge range of workshops, seminars and short courses to build research knowledge and skills, including research writing, publishing, research methods, ethics, project management and careers.

You can also access training resources through our new Canvas site, including videos, slides and group discussion to support your research, with new material in the pipeline.

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Face-to-face workshops suspended - many moved online

While face-to-face PhD Up workshops are suspended due to coronavirus, online webinars will still be available to students. 

What are my options?

The PhD Up program provides co-curricular training opportunities for HDR candidates, in partnership with delivery partners across RMIT and externally, including RMIT Library, RMIT Activator, Researcher Capability Development, Student Counselling, Research Integrity and Ethics, and the Australian Technology Network e-Grad School.

If you have any questions about the PhD Up program please e-mail:

Writing a research proposal (online)

Academic English for Research Writers

Writing Strategies

Strategies and resources for searching the literature

The literature review: Structure

The literature review: Style

Systematic reviews

Planning your Thesis: what is a thesis at RMIT? 

Writing your Thesis: building a coherent structure 

Endnote, Zotero and Mendeley – which reference manager?

Endnote for your thesis

Thesis Boot Camp

Editing your thesis for submission

Practice-led research in creative arts, media and design

Digital Competencies for researchers

Critical and Creative thinking

Developing your career

Leadership and communication 

Managing Stress and Staying on Track with your research

Publishing: Submission and Peer review

How to write a great abstract

Writing with Authority

Strategic publishing 

Writing for publication (online)

“Write that Paper!” Publishing 2 day intensive

Project Management

Project management for researchers

Preparing for Confirmation of Candidature

Getting started with your research degree

HDR Orientation 

Preparing for Examination

How to do a PhD

Preparing for the 3-minute thesis

Presenting your research with impact

Customer Experience Design

Lead Agile Teams

Pitching and Presenting 

Essentials of Media Engagement

Activator Ignite (2 day immersive entrepreneurship workshop)

Human Ethics workshops 

Research Integrity online training (Epigeum course)

Research Integrity in Practice

Public policy

Research Commercialisation


Global Sustainability

Lean Business Approaches

Value Proposition Design

Design Thinking

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PhD Up workshops and seminars

Choose from these seminars, workshops and short courses coming up soon.

PhD Up – Including Publications in Your Thesis

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 18 May 2022
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Understand how to optimise your research by writing your thesis and publications at the same time.

PhD Up – Reflective Research Integrity: Responsible Publication and Dissemination

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 23 May 2022
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Discuss the principles and responsibilities around publication and dissemination of knowledge. This session will help researchers reflect on practices and make ways of working responsible and trustworthy.

PhD Up – Researcher Profiles to Set You Apart: ORCiD, LinkedIn and More

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Gain an understanding of the importance of developing your online researcher profiles and branding.

PhD Up – Editing Your Thesis for Submission

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This webinar identifies techniques for editing your thesis at a structural level and sentence level.

PhD Up – Research Integrity: Q&A Panel: STEM

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Research Integrity Advisors from the College of STEM will discuss the principles of research integrity and answer questions.

PhD Up – Preparing for Examination

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 07 Jun 2022
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Join this seminar to learn about the practical and policy considerations of HDR submission and examination.

On Demand Research Ethics Training

Human Research Ethics Online Training


Human research is "research conducted with or about people, or their data or tissue" (NHMRC, ARC and UA, 2007, updated 2018, p.3). It is important because research with humans contributes greatly to the public good, whether through a clinical trial testing the efficacy of a new vaccine, or a survey seeking to understand how users interact with a new public transport system. Human research also carries inherent risks, which makes it critical to understand how to conduct human research safely and ethically.

This module will cover the responsibilities of researchers and of RMIT as a research institution under the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and 'the Code' and other codes and legislations.

Learning Outcomes

This online training will enable you to understand and reflect on: 

  • The origin and purpose of the main sources of guidance that are available on human research in Australia
  • What factors help determine whether a study will require approval by a review committee
  • Types of information researchers are expected to provide to a review committee
  • Questions that a review committee will consider when determining whether a study is ethical
  • Continuing researcher responsibilities researchers after a project has been approved
  • The ways in which human research can go wrong.

Animal Ethics: Research and Teaching Online Module


If you are carrying out research or teaching activities involving animals, you need to respect and make every effort to support their well-being. This means that your research or teaching must be carefully planned, monitored, carried out and reported on.

This module has been developed to make you aware of the key ethical issues you need to consider and legislation you must follow, and is divided into four parts:

  • Key Concepts
  • Legal Responsibilities
  • Project Design
  • Ethics Approval

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand the importance of animal ethics
  • Understand your responsibilities as an investigator when using animals in research and teaching at RMIT
  • Know how to design and conduct an ethical project using animals
  • Know how to apply for, obtain and keep ethical approval to use in research at RMIT.

Need help? 

Submit an enquiry to the School of Graduate Research

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