HDR policies & procedures

At ANU there are rules and guidelines that govern your responsibilities and requirements as a student. Some of these are specific to higher degree research students (HDR), while others apply to ANU students and staff more broadly.

The most important of the HDR policy documents is the Research Awards Rules; the federal legislation which underpins the ANU HDR policy framework of policies, procedures and guidelines.

The ANU HDR policy documents flow from the Rules and provide more detailed guidance relating to stages of your progress through the degree.  Exceptions are the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarships policy and procedure (see below), which are requirements under different Commonwealth legislation.

Links to all policies and related procedures, guidelines and information can be found in the Resources box, but you should be aware of the following:

Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships

RTP Fee Offset and RTP Stipend scholarships are relevant to all domestic students, and any international students awarded an RTP Stipend scholarship.  The Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (Research) 2017 require that the processes, policies and conditions of scholarships are readily and publicly available in a RTP Scholarship Policy.  The ANU RTP Scholarship Policy (and related procedure) can be found in the policies section of this page.  Further information regarding RTP scholarships can be found here and RTP International Fee Offset scholarships here.

HDR candidature & supervision

Candidates have the ultimate responsibility for their candidature but ANU has responsibility for supporting them throughout their time with the university. These policies (and related procedures and guidelines) provide guidance on:

  • attendance requirements;
  • your supervisors and Supervisory panel;
  • external status;
  • joint or dual award PhD programs
  • change of research topic and transfers;
  • leave and extensions of program.

They also outline responsibilities of HDR candidates, such as satisfactory academic progress and milestone completion as well as responsibilities of supervisors and the university.

All HDR students are required to submit regular reporting milestones, and the student milestones themselves are outlined in the HDR Candidature Progression Procedure.

HDR submissions & examinations of theses

The submission and examination of your thesis is the culmination of years of research, work and collaboration.  The Submission and Examination of theses policy framework provides guidance on the various aspects of submission and examination for HDR candidates, including the:

  • thesis submission process;
  • nomination of examiners;
  • submission of a Thesis by Compilation or Thesis by Creative Works;
  • examination process; and
  • thesis deposit and Open Access.

HDR Research Integrity, Ethics Approval and Misconduct

As a student you should familiarise yourself with any ethics approvals you may need for your research as soon as possible. Research at ANU must not commence until all relevant approvals have been obtained.

You are also required to undertake a research integrity course which deals with common issues in research.

At ANU any student misconduct, including research misconduct, is addressed by the ANU Discipline Rules.

There are also a number of policies specifying how research misconduct matters involving ANU staff are handled, and these can be found below.

HDR Leave, Travel and Fieldwork

Leave for HDR students is dealt with under Candidature and Supervision, while travel and fieldwork are governed more generally (see below under General Policies).

General Policies

There are other policies and procedures that apply to all students and staff at ANU but which are relevant to HDR students:

Research Integrity and Misconduct

Or you can browse the ANU Policy Library.