At the beginning of your candidature, you will need to complete the compulsory online research integrity modules. These modules provide guidance on how to ensure that your research is ethical and responsible and introduce you to the relevant RMIT research policies and processes.

You can access these modules via Research Integrity and Governance education and training (login required).

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

You should talk with your supervisory team about this as soon as possible, because ethics approvals are not granted retrospectively and if you do require ethics approval this must be organised before you complete your Confirmation of Candidature.

You must allow time to apply and obtain approval by an ethics committee, as data collection cannot begin until approval has been granted. Consult with your supervisory team about whether you need to build ethics approval into your research timeline.

The University has an Intellectual property policy, which you should familiarise yourself with. The default position is that any intellectual property (IP) that you create will be owned by you; however it is possible for the University to request that students enter into an intellectual property and/or confidentiality agreement prior to commencement of their research project.

You also need to understand the guidelines that apply to authorship of the papers and reports you might produce.

As well as the ethical and IP implications, you must be aware of copyright and privacy issues that may apply to your research from the earliest stages of your candidature. While you can include images, figures, diagrams, photographs, journal articles and conference papers in your thesis for research and examination purposes, you must ensure that you have obtained informed consent, as well as permission to use copyright works if your research is published.

Publishing includes:

  • lodging an archival copy of your thesis in the RMIT Research Repository, which all candidates are required to do
  • publication of any chapters in a journal or other publication
  • presentation at a conference that is published or presented publicly.

The RMIT Library 'Publishing your research: choosing where to publish' guide provides guidance to HDR candidates about how to manage permissions and publishing associated with your research.