Your duties and HDR candidature explained

The Higher Degree Research (HDR) Handbook and Guide contains information of relevance to candidates and supervisors interested in, enrolled in, or involved in any of Macquarie University’s HDR programs.

The following topics are linked to the most up to date information maintained on Macquarie University's HDR website. If you cannot find the answers to any of your questions, contact us at the Office of Higher Degree Research Training and Partnerships (OHDRTP) or get in touch with relevant faculty contacts.

A research degree is a postgraduate degree completed by research alone and leads to either a Master or Doctoral degree award. The work involved is largely undertaken independently and the study is supervised by at least two supervisors.

Information about Macquarie's research degrees can be found at:

Information about the entry requirements for Macquarie's research degrees, including the minimum requirement for admission and other entry requirements can be found at:

Information about seeking academic advice and how to apply for a research degree can be found at:

Macquarie has a range of research scholarships available for HDR candidates. Information about research scholarships can be found at:

Information about the costs associated with Macquarie's research degrees is available on the Fees and costs page.

Obligations of HDR candidates

Candidates in HDR programs at Macquarie University are required to assume responsibility for the four points below. Failure to meet responsibilities may result in a review of progress.

(a) Work in collaboration with all supervisors to produce a thesis which fulfills course requirements and is presented in a form consistent with the policies of the University.

(b) Undertake research activity as agreed with your Principal Supervisor and Supervisory Panel.

(a) Become familiar with the HDR rules and expectations as set out in the Degree Rules, the Higher Degree Research Handbook and Guide for Candidates and Supervisors and associated faculty and departmental publications.

(b) Note that participation in both the Central Commencement Program and Faculty Commencement programs is mandatory for all HDR candidates.

HDR candidates are responsible for:

(a) becoming an autonomous researcher who can make independent judgments about their research, drawing on guidance from your Supervisory Panel

(b) being proactive in setting up meetings with your Supervisory Panel and individual supervisors (either face to face, or using electronic media)

(c) completing all required induction and training courses as soon as possible

(d) assisting the Principal Supervisor to secure all necessary Ethics approvals

(e) attending regular formal and informal reviews of progress with supervisors

(f) providing formal progress reports as required, through your Principal Supervisor, at periods specified by the University

(g) research quality and practices, safety, and personal ethical responsibility

(h) developing a research budget in consultation with your Principal Supervisor

(i) acquiring information about relevant research funding schemes

(j) submitting a thesis that fulfills the degree requirements in the form agreed with the Supervisory Panel and within the period of candidature.

(k) obtaining an awareness of the authorship and co-authorship conventions of your discipline, and implementing as appropriate

(l) adhering to the Macquarie University Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

(m) actively participating in the research life of the Department and the Faculty.

(a) Ensure awareness of, and implement as necessary, complaint resolution procedures for research-related issues.

Failure to meet responsibilities may result in a review of progress.

HDR candidature lifecycle

An HDR program at Macquarie is a pathway to a career as a researcher in both academia and industry. In addition to managing your candidature and understanding your requirements as a researcher, it is important that you complete any compulsory programs and take advantage of Macquarie's range of face-to-face courses and online training resources to leverage your degree to enable you to reach your future goals.

New candidates in research degrees must complete two Commencement Programs in their first year of study:

MRes students have a separate CCP.

For International Students, additional Orientation programs are run to help get you get acquainted with studying in Australia and life at Macquarie.

Supervision is the most important support offered by the University to HDR candidates. The University aims to develop a rich campus-wide and off-campus culture of reflective research supervision founded on mutual respect and co-operation that values and fosters the HDR candidate experience.

Information relating to HDR Supervision can be found at:

At Macquarie University, we are committed to the highest standards of research integrity.

We expect researchers to manage and conduct their research with the utmost professionalism and with respect and regard for humans, animals and the environment, irrespective of their funding situation, research area, experience or working arrangement.

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Australia has strict rules on conducting research. Therefore, it is very important that one of the first things you do is to read the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research [PDF 849KB].

Macquarie University Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

The Macquarie University Code is based on the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. You must read and understand the code.

Ethics clearance

The University is required by law to ensure that all research with human participants and animals and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) meet the ethical and safety requirements of the relevant guidelines and legislation.

You should consult the Animal Ethics Committee, Human Research Ethics Committees and Institutional Biosafety Committee website to determine whether your research is subject to the respective guidelines, legislation and review processes.

Further information is available on the Ethics at Macquarie page. We also encourage you to consult your Macquarie supervisor.

Working with Children Check (WWCC)

If your research involves working with children under the age of 18 years, you are required to undergo a working with children check. There is currently no fee for this and you must apply online. Further details are available through the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian.

HDR Learning Skills provides a range of support and training to equip research candidates with essential research skills. Candidates have access to a range of face-to-face courses and online training resources covering areas such as:

  • preparing a thesis
  • writing for publication
  • presenting at conferences
  • using software to handle qualitative or quantitative data
  • managing a research project

Our aim is to ensure that HDR candidates are well resourced, well supported and well informed in order to complete and present their research on time and to the highest quality standard.

Further information can be found at:

During the HDR candidature life-cycle, candidates may need to make changes to their candidature or complete compulsory reporting. Information about managing these changes and requirements can be found at: