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Information for Current Research Candidates

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Simon Moss
Dean of Graduate Studies: Associate Prof Simon Moss

Welcome from the Dean of Graduate Studies

Welcome to Charles Darwin University! At CDU, we realize that, as a research candidate, you have probably developed a unique blend of skills, qualities, and ideas--capabilities that you would like to use to improve the world, enhance your life, or both. We are here to help you achieve your goals. We will provide the opportunities you need to demonstrate, extend, and apply your capabilities and insights. 

We also understand that nobody is infallible. You might need to manage limitations: perhaps in some academic capabilities, psychological skills, or life circumstances, for example. At CDU, we are committed to helping you clarify, accept, manage, and overcome some of these limitations. 

CDU is a small, supportive, and progressive university that fosters social justice and community wellbeing. We hope that you are inspired at CDU and that you feel you belong here.

Key Contacts

The Higher Degree Research and Ethics team coordinates and governs CDU Higher Degree Research students' scholarships, enrolments, and progressions while supporting our Higher Degree by Research student cohorts to connect and succeed. 

For any questions regarding CDU Higher Degrees by Research scholarships, admissions, progression, forms for HDR candidates and supervisors, and research skill development, please contact

For correspondence about HDR thesis examinations, please get in touch with

For queries regarding Human Research Ethics and/or Animal Ethics in the Northern Territory, please contact

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Information for HDR Students

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Induction and enrolment

Read all information relevant to your first days of research journey with Charles Darwin University!

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Milestones and Annual Reports

Find out more about all of information in relations to HDR confirmation of candidature, the Annual Progress Report, and the CDU Ethics review for HDR research projects, and the Annual/final report or renewal of ethics clearance.

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HDR Forms and Codes

This webpage stores all the forms that HDR supervisors or candidates may need to complete

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Useful materials

This information is designed by the Dean of Graduate Studies to support the progress of research candidates and their supervisors. 

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Training in research, career, and life skills

Research-based workshops provide skills training for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students. Find out more about research workshops available for HDR students

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Submission and examination

Congratulations, you are almost there! Read all the relevant information about thesis submission and examination, plus ways to stay connected after graduation

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Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern at CDU

APR.Intern is Australia’s only national PhD internship program spanning all sectors and disciplines – now also open to Masters by Research students.
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Research web portal

Our research portfolio has real-world impact, within and beyond our unique location in Northern Australia.

The CDU Research Web portal provides access to CDU's Research Projects and Researchers.