Collaborative/joint HDR

Read on for information for students enrolled in collaborative or joint higher degree by research (HDR) courses:

Milestones for Students in Collaborative or Joint PhD Programs

Curtin’s Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students are asked to complete three defined Milestones as part of their course. The Milestones are designed to support the progress of HDR students in their course.

The Milestones

The Milestones to be completed are:

  1. Milestone 1 (Candidacy) – Doctoral students are to complete Milestone 1 in the first 6 months of enrolment and Masters students are to complete this in the first three months of enrolment.
  2. Milestone 2 (Mid-Candidacy) – Doctoral students are to complete Milestone 2 in the first 18 months of enrolment and Masters students are to complete this in the first 12 months of enrolment.
  3. Milestone 3 (Pre-Submission) – Doctoral and Masters students are to complete Milestone 3 at least 3 months prior to the thesis submission date.

If you’re enrolled in a joint or collaborative program, you may be able to complete one or all of the Milestones via an abridged process.

Curtin Home Students

If you’re a Curtin Home Student, you need to complete all three Milestones as per Curtin’s relevant policy, procedures, guidelines and school practices. Please see the standard Milestones information page for further guidance.

Partner Institution Home Students

If your home institution does not have a milestone progression policy equivalent to Curtin, you will need to complete any milestones which fall due during your enrolment at Curtin as per the relevant policy, procedures, guidelines and school practices. Please see the standard Milestones information page for further guidance.

If your home institution does have a Milestone (or equivalent) student progression policy, you will need to complete the milestones which are due during your enrolment as per the abridged processes below. To determine if you are eligible to undertake the abridged process, discuss with your supervisor whether the progression assessments completed at your home institution can be considered equivalent to Curtin’s Milestone requirements.

Abridged Process of Milestone 1

  1. Complete the Abridged Application for Milestone 1 (Candidacy) [.pdf 471kB] form. For this you will need to:
    1. Complete Research Integrity Training. See the Research Integrity Training section for more details.
    2. Provide your ORCID. You may need to apply for one if you do not already have one. See the ORCID section for further details.
    3. Identify your Field of Research classification number (relevant links are provided on the application form above).
    4. Complete the Copyright and Intellectual Property Deed Poll included in the form.
    5. Certify that you have completed a Data Management Plan.
    6. Certify that you have read and understood Curtin’s policy on plagiarism (relevant links are provided on the application form above).
  2. Submit your completed form to your Curtin supervisor.
  3. Your Supervisor will complete the relevant section on the form and send to your Director of Graduate Research (DGR).
  4. The DGR will complete the application form, confirming your thesis committee.
  5. The DGR will forward your application to the Graduate Research School who will update your student record and notify you accordingly.

Abridged Process for Milestone 2

  1. Complete the relevant section the of the Abridged Milestone 2 application form [.pdf 176kB].
  2. Forward the form to your Home Institution main supervisor to confirm your progress and sign the form.
  3. Your Home Institution Supervisor should then forward the completed form to the Graduate Research School’s Current Students team who will process the outcome and notify you accordingly.

Abridged process for Milestone 3

  1. Complete the relevant section the of the Abridged Milestone 3 application form [.pdf 175kB].
  2. Forward the form to your Home Institution main supervisor to confirm your progress and sign the form.
  3. Your Home Institution Supervisor should then forward the completed form to the Graduate Research School’s Current Students team who will process the outcome and notify you accordingly.

Research Support Funding and Conference Support for Students in Collaborative or Joint Programs

Curtin University provides discretionary funding to Curtin Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students to support their research. This discretionary funding is administered according to the arrangements set out in the Guidelines for Essential Facilities and Research Support available on the Forms and Information Sheets page. It is important for students and supervisors to note that any funding made available by Curtin University to support HDR research and conference costs is discretionary. The allocation, administration arrangements and permitted uses may change from time to time. Students enrolled in joint awards or collaborative programs may be able to access consumables and conference travel support.

Research Support Funds

  • Students are able to access the Research Support Funds on a pro-rata basis commensurate with the duration of their enrolment at Curtin (i.e. a student enrolled at Curtin for 2 years can access the equivalent of 50% of the total Research Support Fund allocation for a Curtin HDR student).
  • Students are able to use Research Support funding to facilitate their mobility travel (transit and accommodation) costs for studying at the partner institution.
  • Students are able to access Research Support funding only while they are enrolled at Curtin.

Conference Support

Students are able to access Conference Support funding to attend a scholarly conference only while they are enrolled at Curtin.

To access the conference support, students must be presenting work from their HDR program at the scholarly conference.

All Curtin travel must comply with Curtin’s Travel Procedures for Students, available on the Curtin Travel website.

The conference support entitlement may also be used to support mobility costs for studying at the partner institution.

Conversion between Higher Degree by Research programs for students in collaborative or joint programs.

It is not normally possible for students in collaborative or joint programs to change courses. If you would like to discuss you particular case please contact the Graduate Research School.