Managing your higher degree by research

If you are 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 (Milestone 1)
    After you have enrolled, you are considered a provisional candidate until your submission for candidacy (Milestone 1) is approved. Here you will find all the requirements and timelines for this stage.
  • During your candidature
    Here you will find information and resources to assist you in completing your HDR program.
  • Making changes to your course and termination of enrolment
    Everything you need to know about:

    • changing your research proposal, thesis committee, study load, degree type and submission date.
    • withdrawing from your course and termination of enrolment.

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.