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Research and Innovation

Research Enhancement Program

Higher Degree by Research

Research Enhancement Program

Support and services

Research-based workshops provide skills training for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students, supervisors and staff.

    All students commencing a Higher Degree by Research program are required to participate in a minimum of five generic skills workshops/seminars throughout their candidature.

    CDU Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Conference

    The next HDR Conference will be in 2022. Watch this space and the HDR Newsletter for updates.

    CDU HDR students

    Researcher Development Calendar

    Plan your researcher development experience using our new Researcher Development Calendar which aims to include all researcher development opportunities happening across the University. If you notice anything missing, please email

    Dean of Graduate Studies Workshop Series

    The Dean of Graduate Studies (DGS), Associate Professor Simon Moss, presents a regular workshop series on topics relevant to HDR Students, Early Career Researchers and Supervisors. As well as covering topics that are broadly relevant, the Dean will hold specific workshops for new students, external students and supervisors. These workshops are offered over zoom and in person, unless stated otherwise.

    HDR Supervisor Workshops

    These sessions are essential to supervisors who would like to improve their supervision practices--which should be every supervisor of course.  During these sessions, research supervisors are granted opportunities to discuss with one another 

    • challenges they would like to solve--such as how to manage candidates who are not progressing
    • impediments they would like to address, and
    • ideas they would like to express about research supervision.  

    These sessions will be informal but facilitated, usually by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

    HDR competitions

    Virual Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)
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    The Virtual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Research higher degree (PhD and MPhil) students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.

    3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumbing-down’ research but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

    CDU students who have passed their Confirmation of Candidature are welcome to compete.

    See the 3MT Website for more details


    Visualise your thesis competition

    The challenge

    PhD candidates develop digital skills to communicate complex research to a general audience. Using a template, entrants encapsulate their research in a 60-second, eye-catching display. Judging is on visual impact and how well content presents the research. View the 2019 CDU winner, get background information or view national winners.



    CDU HDR Conference

    CDU held its first HDR Conference in May 2017 and it's second HDR conference in September 2019. These Conferences provide a friendly, safe environment for CDU HDR students to hone their conference presentation skills as well as allowing opportunities for networking, connection and community building.

    I just wanted to say what an amazing job everyone did with the Student HDR Conference… the sessions I attended were really well run and professional.

    Kim Robertson, HDR Student

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    Useful materials

    This information is designed to support the progress of research candidates and their supervisors. 

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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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    Training and support

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