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Welcome to your Higher Degree by Research (HDR) studies in the School of Psychology. We hope that you find your research studies to be a rewarding and valuable experience.

To complete your higher degree by research, you need to produce a 50,000 to 100,000 word thesis that reports original research. In addition, as you make progress towards this final product, you need to complete a number of other hurdle requirements including a confirmation procedure and annual reviews. Although it is your supervisor's job to help you with this, there are a number of other sources of support available to you. This website is designed to provide you with helpful information regarding each of these tasks, specific to the School of Psychology. To begin, it is worth reading over the following documents.

The Psych HDR Induction Booklet (PDF, 339.8KB) contains important information about timelines, requirements and procedures as well as key contacts.

You can find comprehensive information on completing your research degree at Deakin's research website.

You may find the forms below useful in your early supervision meetings:

You should also be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct, which sets out the standards of responsible and ethical behaviour and conduct expected of all Deakin students.


If you require funding for research-related activities, please consult the School of Psychology HDR Research budget guidelines and application form (PDF, 217.6KB).

If you require funding support for a conference, please consult the HDR Faculty conference funding application form (PDF, 489.2KB).

HDR Contacts

Christian Hyde is your HDR Director and is available to help resolve any issues that may arise during your candidature. To support Christian, we have a Geelong HDR liaison and other research support staff.

Associate Professor Christian Hyde
HDR Director
(03) 9244 6505

Associate Professor Jacqui Macdonald
Deputy HDR Director
(03) 9246 8164

Professor Antonina Mikocka-Walus
Associate Head of School (Research and Research Training)
School of Psychology
(03) 9246 8575

Dr Shannon Hyder
HDR Liaison (Geelong)
School of Psychology
(03) 5227 3474

Faculty HDR Support
Faculty of Health

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