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All HDR candidates at Deakin are admitted on a provisional basis and must satisfactorily complete the candidature confirmation process at an early stage of candidature. The purpose of the confirmation process is to improve the candidate's chances of successfully completing their degree by:
Additional benefits of confirmation for the candidate are that it:
The confirmation process is not meant to be intimidating for candidates - the whole purpose is to improve the candidate's chances of success. A major reason why some HDR candidates do not finish their degree is that they never actually start (i.e. they get to the end of their candidature time with an incomplete literature review and no clear research question). Confirmation requires candidates to focus on a clear definition of their research question at a very early stage, and to plan the rest of the project (including the writing of thesis) on that basis.
The time limits by which confirmation must be completed are as follows.
|Full-time candidate||Part-time candidate|
|Confirmation limit||Aim to submit thesis within||Confirmation limit||Aim to submit thesis within|
|Masters degree||6 months||24 months||12 months||48 months|
|Doctoral degree||12 months||36 months||18 months||72 months|
If you wish to transfer from masters to PhD, you can combine this process with confirmation.
All candidates must complete Research integrity training before confirmation. There are two scenarios:
1. candidates who have undergone confirmation of candidature on or before 30 June 2012 - must complete it by the time of their 2013 annual review of progress.
2. candidates who will undergo confirmation on or after 1 July 2012 - must complete the training before they complete the confirmation process.
You can attend a Research integrity training in person by booking via our Events Registration system. (These workshops will be listed as they become available). Alternatively, you can complete the training online at any time.
To gain access to the online training you will need to log into D2L, click on self-register and select the "Office of Research integrity". The site will then appear within the My Sites area of your D2L homepage. Within the Office of Research integrity, you will find Research integrity home.* Make sure you look at that and not Human Ethics as they are different.
If you have any trouble registering for the site or any other queries regarding the training, please contact: Office of Research integrity
* If you get an error message appear at the end of this, just ignore it.
The flow diagram below shows the possible outcomes from the confirmation process. Candidates who are not successful first time are given a second chance.
In the case of a masters candidate, the option of transferring to a masters degree would obviously not apply.
The confirmation process described here relates only to PhD and masters candidates. The Doctor of Psychology program has a specific confirmation process - further information is available from the School of Psychology.