Research Plus

The Research Plus program offers PhD and Masters by Research candidates a range of workshops, seminars and short courses to build research knowledge and skills.

The Research Plus program provides co-curricular training opportunities to all PhD and Masters by Research candidates at RMIT University. These offerings aim to build knowledge, skills and capabilities appropriate to each candidate’s professional development needs across the Research Plus capability framework

The Research Plus program includes a wide variety of flagship events, workshops, seminars and self-directed online training modules. The full program can be browsed below. Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates can register for workshops and access additional co-curricular training resources via the Research Plus platform.

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Research Plus online modules

You can on-demand access to self-directed modules through Canvas that cover developing your career, research with Indigenous Peoples and Knowledges, writing for publication and much more!


Flagship events

Browse the Research Plus calendar. Events added through the year.

Research Plus platform

Through the Research Plus platform current HDR candidates can:

  • find and register for workshops and access other co-curricular training resources
  • complete questionnaires to identify which skills and capabilities they need to develop
  • track their progress against specific goals and broader Research Plus capabilities 

Research Plus platform access

The Research Plus platform is only accessible to current HDR candidates. You will need to ensure that you are logged in via your RMIT student account to access the platform.

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To log in to the Research Plus platform you must use your student email address (eg., not your email alias (eg. Find out more about your student email address and alias.

If you are already logged in to your browser using a staff account or a student email alias, you will need to either:

  • Log out of your other account, and log back into using your student email (eg. and password; or
  • Open the Research Plus platform web app using a Private or Incognito browser window and then log in using your student email and password

Research Plus capability framework

The Research Plus program is organised using five research capability categories. These were developed by drawing on candidate feedback on learning priorities, existing capability frameworks, and key skills looked for by academic and non-academic employers of HDR graduates. 

This training category involves the topics of planning and project managing for your HDR project and for research more generally. It includes being aware of, and meeting, official and unofficial milestones. You will also find orientation sessions and training for organisational skills.

This broad category enables you to acquire skills and access resources to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of day-to-day work on your research. You will find diverse topics including digital and data literacy, information and communication technology skills, research ethics and integrity, critical and creative thinking, and understanding your contribution to knowledge.

This training category includes communicating in written and verbal form with academic audiences and the broader public. You will find seminars, workshops and resources to help you with academic writing, getting published and presenting research. Look in this category for our flagship bootcamp events and for Three Minute Thesis training.

This category includes understanding the real world impacts of your research, and co-designing research with external stakeholders for positive impact. You will also find resources to help you with outreach to industry, government and the community.

This category focuses on developing interpersonal and other workplace skills, helping you to build a career inside or outside of academia. This includes working with your supervisor and working in an academic environment. Additional topics include teamwork more broadly, leadership, networking, cultural intelligence and professional effectiveness.

Need help?

For more information about the Research Plus program and platform, please e-mail

Research Plus training providers

Co-curricular training is delivered by the School of Graduate Research in collaboration with RMIT partners and external providers, namely RMIT Library, Research Ethics and Integrity, RMIT Activator, Researcher Capability Development, RMIT Careers, RMIT Industry, RMIT Global, Student Counselling, Research Integrity and Ethics, and Australian Technology Network Frontiers.

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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.