Commencement program

Commencement program

New candidates in research degrees must complete two Commencement Programs in their first year of study: a University-wide introduction called the “Central Commencement Program” (CCP), and a Faculty-specific “Faculty Commencement Program” (FCP). MRes students have a separate CCP.

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

Central Commencement Program

The Central Commencement Program is a compulsory program run for all HDR Candidates. An email will be sent to all candidates with an invitation to attend. The dates for Semester 1 2018 are detailed below. Material for both CCP events will become available on this website 2 weeks after the event.

CCP for Master of Research  - Monday, 26 February 2018 (9am-2pm) MAZE Conference Rooms C & D, Level 3 MUSE Building 18 Wally's Walk

The MRes CCP is run only once a year and cannot be completed online. MRes candidates commencing in Semester Two are to attend the CCP in the following Semester One of their program.

For information on what was covered please view the 2018 MRes CCP Presentation Slides.

CCP for all other HDR Candidates - Thursday, 1 March 2018 (9am-3pm) Australian Hearing Hub Lecture Theatre 1

CCP for HDR candidates occur in Semester One and Semester Two each year.

Candidates unable to attend the CCP in person can complete it online. For information on what is usually covered you may view the 2018 HDR CCP Presentation Slides.

How to access the Central Commencement Program Online

The CCP Online program is for HDR candidates only. You must be an enrolled candidate in order to access the CCP Online.

To complete the CCP Online:

  1. Click on the following link: Central Commencement Program Online
  2. Enter your OneID username (MQ followed by your student number, eg. MQ12345678) and password to log in to iLearn.
  3. Enter the enrolment key hdrccp.
  4. Once enrolled, you can access the CCP Online at any time through the Online Units link on the Student Portal of the Macquarie University website.
  5. Once you have listened to all the lectures and completed the CCP Online, send us an email on with the subject line CCP Completed and provide your name and student number. Your completion will be verified and noted on your student record, and an email confirmation will be sent to you.

If you have any questions relating to the CCP online program please email

If you have forgotten your OneID password or are having difficulties login on to iLearn, please contact:

Tel: (02) 9850 HELP (4357) or Freecall: 1800 063 191

Faculty Commencement Program

Faculty programs run separately from the CCP and vary by faculty, involving a face-to-face or online program. Most are run twice a year.

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts Commencement Program for PhD and MPhil provides a welcome to new research students and those who have not had the opportunity to attended previous orientations. You will be introduced to the services available to you within the Faculty of Arts and the HDR directors, as well as having a chance to mingle with fellow candidates from across the University. The next Arts FCP is scheduled for:

  • Date: Tuesday 22 May, 2018
  • Time: 9:15am - 2:45pm
  • Venue: Incubator (8 Hadenfeld Avenue)

For BPhil/MRes Students, the Faculty of Arts hosts a ‘welcome’ to introduce you to both academic and administrative services, giving you a chance to meet your fellow candidates. The next welcome is scheduled for 20 February 2018.

Faculty of Business and Economics

Commencement Day is a series of workshops and training sessions provided to give you and your supervisors important skills and information. It is also an opportunity to meet students and staff in a friendly environment. All new candidates must attend, while current HDR candidates and supervisors are encouraged to come along. MRes students will be notified by email as to the workshops they must attend.

Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Please contact for details.

Faculty of Human Sciences

The Faculty of Human Science’s FCP can be completed in person or online and introduces candidates to key faculty, department and university staff. If you are unable to attend in person, email and we will provide you with the login and key to access iLearn. MRes students will be contacted with invitations to the MRes FCP.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

For details, please contact

Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Faculty of Science and Engineering’s Commencement Program is a half-day event that introduces candidates to all faculty-specific info and resources, including OH&S requirements and how to obtain ethics clearance for your research. If you are unable to attend, contact

Department induction

Each department has its own induction program to help introduce you to your research colleagues, as well as key staff and resources that will assist you in your research. Please contact your department directly to arrange your induction.

International Orientation

Orientation programs provide students with valuable information in settling in Australia. New students have an opportunity to meet with other international research students and share their research project and interests with one another over morning tea. Six sessions of Orientation are held throughout the year.

For more info, check out the previous Orientation Program and the Orientation presentation. Invitations to the next Orientation will be sent via email.


Higher Degree Research Office
Research HUB - Building C5C (East), Level 3  
Macquarie University NSW 2109  
Phone: +61 2 9850 7987

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