Higher Degrees Research
The Research Training Unit ('the RTU') works to provide quality assurance across the complete academic cycle of a postgraduate research candidate – from recruitment, to supervision selection and supervisory arrangements, to supported candidate progress, through to examination. This work is approached from at least two different directions - one being the experience of a postgraduate student and the other being the supervisor and what he or she offers a student. As part of SCU'S quality assurance, the RTU provides ongoing support and training for both of these groups.
Postgraduate research is also referred to as higher degree by research ('HDR') study. It does not include coursework (prescribed units of study); rather, the candidate selects a research topic which is of particular relevance to his or her professional and/or personal interests. SCU offers a range of research capabilities and can provide supervision in these areas.
The HDR program includes identifying a research topic, methodology, collection and analysis of data, outline of the proposed thesis and a unifying conclusion. This independent research is then sent out for external and independent examination.
The University offers flexible enrolment for HDR students in that, unlike undergraduate studies, HDR enrolment is time based and so HDR students may enrol at any time.
The RTU is available to offer advice and support to anyone who is considering HDR study at SCU.
Student Liaison Officer, Research Training Unit
t: +61 2 6620 3520
f: +61 2 6626 9145
Updated: 04 February 2013