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Current HDR candidates

At CDU, we realise 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.

CDU Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Tara Brabazon
Dean of Graduate Studies: Professor Tara Brabazon

Welcome from the Dean of Graduate Studies

The Dean of Graduate Studies enables the academic framework and trajectory for research education at Charles Darwin University.  The primary goal is to ensure the maintenance of scholarly excellence and intellectual standards at CDU.  This goal requires attention on the life cycle of higher degree students, from admissions to examination, infrastructural development, supervisory education, and expertise-driven dissemination within and beyond CDU.

Tara Brabazon is the Dean of Graduate Studies.  She welcomes conversation and communication.  Please contact her at

For further information about Higher Degree programmes, please contact Tara or the Higher Degree by Research team (

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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Find out more about all of information in relations to HDR Milestones 

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During your candidature

Navigating your Higher degree by Research programme

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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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Human Ethics Applications

Research Ethics and Ethics clearance for HDR students

Annual/ final report or renewal of ethics clearance 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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HDR Forms and Codes

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

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Key contact

List of contacts for Higher Degree by Research student

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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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HDR Internships at CDU

CDU now offer HDR internships across 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.

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