After you have enrolled, we recommend you spend your first couple of weeks getting to know the key contacts in your school and college, setting up a meeting schedule with your supervisory team and participating in as many of the induction activities the University offers as possible.

You should also familiarise yourself with required coursework and research training information.

The School of Graduate Research (SGR) will be in touch through regular monthly email newsletters to help you through your first six months of candidature. Please contact us at if you haven’t received this within a month or two of commencement.

Your supervisory team will be a key resource in supporting your research and your research skills development and training. It is important for you to understand what is expected of all parties in the student/supervisor relationship. Good communication is central to developing a productive working relationship.

It is also good idea to get to know the HDR staff in your school, especially the school HDR Coordinator who is responsible for the progress of all research students:

  • The HDR Coordinator can assist if you are having any difficulties that you and your supervisory team cannot solve.
  • The HDR Administrator will be able to answer questions about administrative matters and help you find your way around the campus.

The SGR assists in the overall management of HDR candidates. Contact SGR if you have questions about your candidature that have not been answered by your School.

Induction sessions are a great way to meet other research students, get introduced to academic life and find out insider tips on making the most of your research degree experience. Your school and college administrative staff can provide you with details of scheduled sessions. It’s a good idea to attend as many induction sessions as possible; this way you’ll have an idea of the extensive range of research support available to you.

If you are one of a part-time or remote candidate or located outside of Australia, your School will have special induction arrangements in place (e.g. Skype, phone, video conference, email, etc.) so keep a close eye for any communications from your school early on in your candidature.

In addition to the induction sessions there are several other resources that will be help you during your candidature.

RMIT will always use your student email account to send you important updates and instructions about your candidature, as well as general information about life at RMIT. It is your responsibility to ensure that you monitor this account regularly for important communications from the University.

You may wish to forward your student email to a personal email account to ensure that you receive all notifications we send, however you are required to use your student email account when contacting the University about your enrolment, as we are not able to verify personal email accounts.

It is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a graduate researcher at RMIT, particularly in relation to ethics, intellectual property, copyright and authorship, before you commence your research.

If your research involves humans, animals or gene modification you will need to apply for ethics approval.

You will also need information to determine who owns the intellectual property produced during your degree and to understand the guidelines that apply to authorship of the papers and reports you might produce, as well as ensure that you are aware of copyright and privacy issues that may apply to your research from the earliest stages of your candidature.