Postgraduate Research Orientation

Orientation materials
Orientation and Induction registration

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Community

Welcome to your time as a postgraduate research student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

You are joining over 600 other postgraduate research students in the Faculty, who are working towards one of five degrees–the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Social Sciences, Master of Philosophy and Master of Arts by Research. Some of you will be studying full-time with us, while others will be studying part-time. Some of you will have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney; others will have come from a wide range of other Australian or international universities.

This diversity is one of the strengths of the Faculty’s postgraduate research programs, but it can also cause confusion. You will meet other postgraduate research students who will be working in quite different ways towards their degrees. That is why we have provided the orientation materials on this site, which will answer some of the questions you are sure to have about your postgraduate research program.

We also run orientation sessions for postgraduate research students at the start of each semester, a major one in March and a shorter one in August. (Students who enrol in Semester 2 are welcome to attend the March orientation, whether or not they have attended the August orientation.) To register for the next orientation, please do so below.

We may not be able to answer all your questions through the materials below, or at your orientation, however your supervisors, other academics and administrative staff in the Faculty are also on hand to help you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch whenever you have questions or concerns about your program.

Best wishes for your research studies at the University of Sydney. We hope you enjoy your time with us.

Rodney Smith
Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Orientation materials

Course information and postgraduate research subject areas

For information on your course requirements and the postgraduate subject areas available in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please visit here.

Faculty research facilities

Information on the Faculty's research facilities, such as the Postgraduate Arts Research Centres (PGARC) can be accessed here.

Faculty Student Administration (Research) Manual

The Student Administration (Research) Manual will help you navigate the administrative side of your postgraduate research degree. You will find detailed instructions on how to manage candidature, including submission of thesis guidelines, funding opportunities and research facilities. All relevant forms can also be located from this site.

Research Coordinators

For a detailed list of all the Faculty Research Coordinators by department, please refer to the following page.

University Services

To access information on the available University support services, please visit the University Services website.

University research support, ethics and scholarships

For information on research support and Research Integrity and Ethics Group, please visit the following website. For scholarship information, please visit Scholarships and Financial Support.


The Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) is an independent representative association providing advice, advocacy and support services to the postgraduate students at the University of Sydney. To find out further information about SUPRA, please visit their website.

Orientation and Induction event

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Higher Degree by Research Student Orientation and Induction

Invitation to Attend

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, along with the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the School of Law, is hosting a one-day Orientation and Induction event on Thursday the 6 of March from 8:45am until 8pm. This event is open to all newly commencing higher degree by research students, whether full-time or part-time. It is a first step in meeting our commitment to provide you with a well-structured research program.

This event will introduce you to a range of strategies and resources for successfully completing higher degree research at the University of Sydney. It will also give you some pointers about how to make the most of your experience as a higher degree student.

You will have the opportunity to hear from and speak with a range of people, including:

  • the Dean,
  • the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research,
  • the Director of PGARC,
  • the Faculty Student Services Officer (Research),
  • the Postgraduate Academic Writing Advisor,
  • representatives from the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA),
  • a representative from Research Integrity and Ethics Administration
    University research librarians,
  • research students in their second and third years, and
  • Faculty academic research supervisors.

There will be plenty of time for you to meet other new students.

No special preparation is needed for the day, although you should visit some of the sites listed under Orientation Materials above prior to the day.

To assist with catering, you need to register below to attend. Please arrive at 8:45am on the day. The event is free for all attendees.

Event information:

Date: Thursday the 6 of March, 2014
Time: 8:45am to 5:30pm, 5:30pm to 7:30/8pm evening function
Venue: New Law School Foyer.

Register here

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