Induction and coursework

The PhD Xtra program is designed to provide a framework that better enables Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students to undertake the research degree in an ethical and structured way. Outlined below are the standard mandatory elements of the research training program at Deakin.

Research Induction

Completion of the Research Induction program provided by Deakin Research is a mandatory requirement for all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students prior to Confirmation of Candidature.

Research Integrity

Research Integrity training covers the requirements of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and other matters such as privacy and copyright. It is compulsory for all HDR students in the first month of candidature.

Respect at Deakin - HDR

The Respect at Deakin - HDR online module forms part of Deakin’s commitment to building and maintaining a respectful, safe and inclusive learning and work environment for all students completing their Higher Degree by Research and their supervisors.


As part of the PhD Xtra program you are required to complete a minimum of one unit of coursework. Some academic units require more than one as each academic unit has different requirements for coursework.

Mandatory coursework is offered by the following academic units:

  • >  Faculty of Arts and Education/National Indigenous Knowledge Education Research Innovation (NIKERI) Institute
  • >  Faculty of Business and Law
  • >  Faculty of Health
  • >  Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment/Institute for Frontier Materials/Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation/A2I2

Learn more about Research training coursework units

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