When things don't go to plan

Sometimes your journey through your Higher Degree by Research (HDR) isn’t smooth.

If you need help or are concerned about any aspect of your studies, speak to someone as soon as it becomes an issue. Your supervisory team, your HDR Delegated Authority (HDR DA) and Research and Training Services (RTS) are there to provide you with advice and support to successfully complete your research. 

Resources and Support 

RMIT provide a range of resources and support for HDR students. They include the student support services offered to all students including counselling, study support, legal support and financial support. 

Action and Support 

Action and support is available for all HDR candidates at RMIT. 

The action and support you receive is tailored to you and your situation. It may include more frequent meetings with your supervisory team, referral to academic or wellbeing support services or making variations to your candidature. 

Leave or changes to your candidature 

Taking leave or making changes to your candidature can give you more time when you’re struggling. Consider: 

  • Reducing your study load
  • Taking annual leave or a leave of absence
  • Applying for an Extension Beyond Maximum Duration
  • As a last resort cancelling your HDR and applying for resubmission at a later date. 

To make these changes, visit the Enrolment, leave and changes to candidature page

Issues with your supervisory team 

If you’re having issues with your supervisory team start by talking to your supervisors and then your HDR DA. Also consider this advice on working with your supervisors

You may find the best solution is to change your supervisory arrangements

Independent support and advice 

The RMIT University Student Union (RUSU) is a 100% student run organisation. They run a Student Rights service who can help you when you need independent support and advice. 

Complaints and Appeals 

As an RMIT student, you have the right to lodge a complaint or appeal about academic, administrative or support services. For more information about the HDR complaints process, see the Higher Degree by Research Student Complaints Guide.

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.