PhD Xtra offers an enhanced learning experience through an individual, flexible learning plan tailored by you. Grow your capacity to relate your research to the broader framework of knowledge in your area and master the ability to competently tackle any problem.
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Individual Learning Plans
This is your opportunity to take control of your study program, by building in training to help you complete your thesis and gain valuable knowledge and transferable skills.
The PhD Xtra program includes at least one unit of research training coursework (students in some academic units may be required to complete additional units). The content of the units varies by faculty and discipline.
If you have an identified intended career pathway, the option of completing a career pathway placement will add another element to your individualised learning program.
Oral thesis examinations
An oral thesis examination is an oral defence of a written thesis. The thesis is examined by external examiners in the normal way, but the examination panel also meets privately with the student to discuss the work. In some cases, the private examination can also be accompanied by a public event such as a seminar or presentation.
Students at the Institute for Frontier Materials are required to undergo an oral examination. Students from other areas may also request approval from their academic unit.
Portfolio of Assets
While completing a higher degree by research means making a contribution to the body of knowledge in your field, it also involves acquiring significant knowledge and embedded skills. The Portfolio of Assets makes these skills and knowledge more explicit and documents them in one place as a career advancement resource.
DeakinSync is your gateway for all candidature management and research training needs. It contains a number of tiles which provide access to the systems you need, as well as links to supporting information and training opportunities.
PhD Xtra program requirements
New students includes students who commenced on or after 31 October 2016
|New students||Current students|
|Individual Learning Plan (ILP)||✔||Optional|
|Portfolio of Assets||✔||If opt into ILP|
|Deakin Research Integrity Training||✔||✔|
|Deakin Research Induction||✔||Optional|
|HDR Respectful Behaviour Module||✔||Optional|
|Research Training Coursework Unit||✔||Optional|
|Career Pathway Placements||Optional||Optional|
|Confirmation of Candidature||✔||✔|
|Annual Candidature Review||✔||✔|
|Progress Management Panel||As required||As required|
|Oral Thesis Examinations||As determined by Faculty/Inst.||Optional (approval required)|