Postgraduate research

Management of higher degree by research (HDR) candidatures and thesis examinations will move to the HDR Administration Centre in mid January 2016 and details provided on this site will be amended at that time. Students and staff will be notified about the changes via email. We thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Education research programs   Social work research programs

Induction checklist

The Induction checklist (pdf, 372kB) is for new students from Semester One 2017; completed forms must be submitted to the research student liaison officer (email

Annual Progress Review interviews

All postgraduate research students enrolled in the school's Office of Doctoral Studies are required to have their progress reviewed annually as a condition of candidature, and as required by the University. This is called the Annual Progress Review (APR) interview. One round of interviews is held every year, between mid September and November.

Research Students Guide

This guide is for all higher-degree-research students with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. It aims to provide students with useful information about services, resources and facilities available within the school, University and the internet. It also provides information on procedures and policies that are relevant to all postgraduate research students.

Thesis proposal review

All our research students need to attend a thesis proposal review meeting at some stage of their research. To arrange this meeting, research students to complete a thesis proposal review meeting request form (pdf, 476kB) and submit this to the school's manager of graduate studies.

The Thesis Proposal Meeting Guidelines (pdf, 604kB) is published for higher-degree-research students with the school, to provide useful information about how to prepare for, and what to expect of, a thesis proposal meeting. It also provides information about procedures and policies regarding upgrading from a MPhil to a PhD. Please read this guide in conjunction with the information provided in the Research Students Guide under ‘Major milestones in your research degree’.