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.

PhD Up has a new name - Research Plus

Thank you to those who participated in our vote to pick a new name for PhD Up. We received 215 votes and the winner was Research Plus with 59% of the vote. 

We have exciting plans for Research Plus in 2023, including new training opportunities and new ways for you to find the training that fits your needs. Watch this space!

The PhD Up program provides co-curricular training opportunities to PhD and Masters by Research candidates. These offerings aim to build research knowledge and skills, including research writing, publishing, research methods, ethics, and project management.

Co-curricular training is delivered in collaboration with RMIT and external providers, namely RMIT Library, RMIT Activator, Researcher Capability Development, Student Counselling, Research Integrity and Ethics, and Australian Technology Network Frontiers.

To access additional co-curricular training resources for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates, visit the Canvas site

For more information about the PhD Up program, please e-mail

Workshops and seminars

Register for events, information sessions and short courses.

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Ethics Training

If your research requires ethics training, you can access popular modules below. More ethics training units can be found on the Researcher Portal.


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


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

Other interest areas

The PhD Up program provides information sessions for a variety of interest areas. Browse topics below for events that will run throughout the year.

Want more information about seminars or subject matter? Email

Writing a research proposal

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 

Strategic publishing

Writing for publishing

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

How to write a great abstract

Writing with authority

Developing your career

Leadership and communication 

Managing stress and staying on track with your research

Project management for researchers

Preparing for examination

How to do a PhD

Preparing for Confirmation of Candidature

Getting started with your research degree

HDR orientation 

Preparing for the 3 Minute Thesis competition

Presenting with confidence

Academic networking

Researchers and social media

Simple ways to build your (academic) community

Human ethics workshops 

Animal ethics workshops

Research integrity online training

Research integrity in practice




ATN Frontiers

Co-created and delivered by expert academic and practitioner staff across universities, ATN Frontiers offers futurist-focused learning modules free of charge.

Check your RMIT student email for the Graduate Research Bulletin, which will include information about signing up for ATN Frontiers courses.

PhD Up is delivered in collaboration with RMIT and external providers

RMIT Activator logo
Logo that says "Brought to you by the Library".
Australian Technology Network of Universities logo.
aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

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.