The University of Sydney is one of the foremost providers of quality postgraduate education in Australia. In 2014, more than 19,000 students were enrolled in postgraduate courses at the University of Sydney. Of these students, more than 4,500 enrolled in postgraduate research programs.
This University is committed to providing high quality education to all of its students. One aspect of that commitment is providing postgraduate students with useful and relevant information in a form that is easily accessible to them. This handbook is an important part of that process.
The purpose of this handbook
The purpose of this handbook is to provide a convenient source of reference for research and coursework postgraduate students about the requirements for postgraduate degrees, graduate diplomas and graduate certificates within the University. It does not attempt to be comprehensive in its coverage but rather, where appropriate, to provide direction to appropriate sources of information. Students should also refer to the handbook for the faculty in which they are enrolled for information specific to their degree.
Regulations and policies
The University of Sydney is governed by a number of regulations. Some of the regulations that cover postgraduate study include:
- The University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 which governs all coursework award courses in the University.
- The University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 which governs all research award courses including the Doctor of Philosophy degree (this rule should be read in conjunction with the Academic Board policy on the thesis and examination of higher degrees by research).
- These rules, and others such as the University of Sydney (Amendment Act) Rule 1999 (as amended), provide the framework for all courses at the University. For information regarding specific courses (other than the Doctor of Philosophy), students should refer to the faculty and Senate resolutions for each course, which are published in the relevant faculty handbooks.
- There are many policy documents, guidelines and procedures at the University of Sydney that potentially relate to postgraduate students. A compiled list of relevant policies can be found at the Graduate Studies website.
Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA)
SUPRA is the student-run advocacy and representative association for all postgraduate students at the University of Sydney. It provides advice, advocacy and support services for the Sydney University postgraduate student community.
SUPRA offers a free, confidential, independent, and professional advocacy service, with Student Advice and Advocacy Officers (SAAOs) employed by the association to assist postgraduate students with academic, welfare, employment, housing, and personal issues.
SAAOs can provide support for academic appeals, Show Cause and exclusion matters, problems with research supervision, issues of tenancy and employment, assistance dealing with Centrelink, and referrals to counselling or health services, and many other academic and personal issues.
SUPRA represents all postgraduate students of the University of Sydney. SUPRA councillors sit on many University governance bodies and they speak out on behalf of students on many issues, including academic concerns and equal access for all students. SUPRA councillors have regular meetings with the Vice-Chancellor and other senior staff to raise matters of concern to postgraduate students. SUPRA uses these forums to monitor University policy and promote postgraduate interests in decision-making.
For more information about the services offered and the location of the SUPRA office, visit the SUPRA website.
Student research experience questionnaires
During their studies at the University of Sydney, postgraduate students may be asked to respond to internal student satisfaction surveys. The results of these surveys are used to improve the student experience, learning and teaching, or research training more generally. For more information, please visit the Student Research Experience Questionnaires website. You can read the University and faculty reports on your SREQ feedback, and faculty and University responses to those reports here