Managing your higher degree by research

If you’re a higher degree by research (HDR) student, read on for information about your candidacy process, thesis preparation and submission, and ethics and safety requirements.


  • Applying for candidacy
    After you’ve enrolled, you’re considered a provisional candidate until your submission for candidacy is approved. Here you’ll find all the requirements and timelines for this stage.
  • During your candidature
    Once Curtin has approved your submission for candidacy, you become a research candidate. Here you’ll find information and resources for this stage.
  • Varying your candidature
    Everything you need to know about changing your research proposal, thesis committee, study load, degree type and submission date.

Your thesis

Learn about the guidelines and processes for:


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Research ethics and safety

You must follow the requirements for safety and ethics when conducting research at Curtin, including when you work with humans or animals, or dangerous or restricted materials.