HDR Information, Resources and Policy

For Current Research Students and Supervisors

This page contains information specific to the Faculty of Arts and Education. For general information for all Deakin HDR students visit Deakin's 'Students' gateway to Campus - Information for HDR candidates" www.deakin.edu.au/students/research

For additional financial support offered by the University please go to www.deakin.edu.au/students/enrolment-fees-and-money/financial-assistance


HDR Induction


Burwood - Tuesday 11 October at the Burwood Corporate Centre, Burwood campus, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Geelong, Warrnambool and off campus - Wednesday 12 October via Skype for Business at 7:00pm Melbourne time. Please contact the Faculty Research Office for connection details.

These sessions focus on the candidacy period leading up to confirmation. For further information or to advise of your attendance, please contact artsed-research@deakin.edu.au

If you are unable to attend these session, you can download a copy of the induction manual (PDF, 569.1 KB) for 2016.

Financial Assistance

Policy and Procedures

HDR Policy and Procedures

All HDR candidates should be aware of the existence of three University documents in relation to Codes of Good Practice in Research and Supervision of Higher Degrees by Research.

Please take time to read and familiarise yourselves with these policies.

Presentation Notes - Research Seminars and Conferences

Thesis Guidelines

Thesis Guidelines and Templates

Details regarding submission of a thesis, including all relevant forms, are available on the Deakin Research examination procedures webpage. It is essential to comply with timelines, required forms and styles of thesis presentation for examination as outlined by Research Services Division.

Both single sided and double sided copies are acceptable. The Title of the thesis should not exceed 10 words.

Further information on Thesis structure is available on the Deakin Research web site.

Proof Readers and Copy Editors

Proof Readers and Copy Editors

Students using the services of a copy editor or proof reader provided on this website should be aware that:

  • All proofreading or copy-editing contacts provided are advisory only and should be included in the acknowledgements page of the dissertation; the responsibility for accepting or adapting such advice being solely that of the candidate's.
  • All proofreading or copy-editing services are provided by those with relevant postgraduate experience, publications, and/or professional experience and should be checked  independently by the candidate to his or her satisfaction.
  • Fees for this service may include sliding scales and vary according to whether English is a first ("native") or a second ("foreign") language. This needs to be discussed beforehand with any of the proof-readers & copy-editors.

    Proof readers and copy editors (PDF, 87.7 KB) or find a freelance editor online.

The attached updated guidelines for editing Research Theses as prepared by the Institute of Professional Editors have been reviewed. The revision takes account of the changing environment in which many editors, students and their supervisors work. The spirit of the original is maintained. What has changed is the reference to electronic editing, a clearer articulation of the editor's role, and the linking of editing functions and responsibilities to the Australian Standards for Editing Practice.


Supervisor/Candidate Co-authoring


Resources for Completed Candidates

Resources for Completed Candidates

  • Completed candidates are eligible for Alumni membership. Full details on the application process are available on the Alumni website. Membership provides free access to the library for 12 months and for those who wish to continue using the library facilities, there is a yearly fee after that. All details relating to library benefits via alumni membership can be found on the library website.
  • It is possible to create a lifetime 'research' email address when you have completed your Higher Degree studies. For further information on how to set this up please go to the IT Help webpage

Seminar Requirements

HDR Seminar Requirements

All HDR candidates are required to present at seminars twice during their candidacy, the first at the point of confirmation and the second during the completion phase.

  • Completion (exit) seminar papers benefit by discussing your strategies for its preparation and presentation with your supervisor.

This exit seminar paper should generally be delivered approximately six to nine months before your date of anticipated submission.

The paper may be delivered at the annual summer school or to a school group within your discipline area.

The exit seminar paper is an occasion for highlighting your research. It is an opportunity to present key findings, the methods used to do so, and a succinct review of your central argument and its conceptual framework, ending with the contribution made to the broader field of research.

Apart from the two mandatory seminar presentations, the Faculty strongly encourages and supports candidates who also wish to present at external conferences during candidacy.

Remote connection to seminars

It may be possible to connect to some of these seminars remotely, you should check with the Research Office administration staff or the seminar facilitator. To enable remote connection you will likely need to use Skype forBusiness. Information on setting this up is available online.  Please confirm with the facilitator.

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