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1. Purpose and Objectives

These guidelines outline processes for embedding graduate attributes at the school/institute or discipline level and indicators for successful attainment of HDR graduate attributes.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

HDR - Higher Degree by Research

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

3. Guidelines Scope/Coverage

These guidelines apply to all HDR students in the MPhil and PhD programs and are intended for use in all schools/institutes and disciplines.

4. Guidelines Statement

HDR training provides candidates with the opportunity to acquire graduate attributes through a variety of learning experiences that may vary according to the discipline. Graduates of HDR programs demonstrate their attainment of graduate attributes through a variety of means.

5. Embedding HDR Graduate Attributes - Training and Learning Experiences

All schools/institutes should map the potential experiences of their HDR cohort against the graduate attributes as outlined in the Statement of Higher Degree by Research Attributes policy. Each school/institute will embed learning experiences that suit their discipline and these learning experiences may be derived from a variety of sources including from within the school/institute, university and discipline/profession.

6. Indicators of Successful Attainment of Graduate Attributes

Indicators are varied and may be discipline specific. Indicators may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Successful completion of candidature milestones
  • Successful completion of a thesis
  • Submission of satisfactory academic progress reports, including a record of timely completion of project tasks and objectives
  • Attendance at research seminars
  • Adherence to all ethical and research integrity guidelines.
  • Attendance at skills training sessions
Dean, Graduate School Professor Alastair McEwan