Compulsory requirements for all research students

Units of Study

All research students must undertake the following units of study:

RSCH 9010 Work Health and Safety
RSCH 9001 Responsible Research Practice

Students access the content of these units via Blackboard. If there are any problems accessing the information, students should contact the Higher Research Degree Administration Centre:]

Progress Plans

All students must have a progress plan within three months from the date of commencement of candidature, or within six months for part-time students.

Students must review their progress plan, in consultation with their coordinating supervisor, at least twice per year.

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All students must give an oral presentation to peers as part of their confirmation requirements. This requirement forms part of the Faculty's Progress Plan Full-time students must present 12 months after their start date; part-time students 24 months after their start date.

In subsequent years, every enrolled full-time research student (MPhil, PhD) enrolled is expected to make a research-in-progress presentation at least once per year. Part-time students are expected to make such a presentation at least once every two years.


Each year staff representatives of the School interview all enrolled postgraduate research students regarding their progress. The purpose of the interview is to give all students the opportunity to discuss any difficulties they may be having with any aspect of their research. This could cover time-management, obtaining data or interviews with research subjects, data analysis, progress in writing drafts of chapters, access to supervisor and associate supervisor, and the quality of the relationship with their supervisors. It is not intended to be a technical or detailed review of your research.


All enrolled public health research students are required to attend at least six postgraduate seminars, organised by the School of Public Health, on issues relevant to their research candidature. The full program will be held every year.

SPH students should be aware that the University also requires research students to attend a minimum of two research training sessions within the faculty or broader research community. These can be lecture format, online, or personal training sessions. This is part of the Faculty'srequirement on the Progress Plans.

In attending the School's compulsory seminar series, students will meet university requirements.

Full-time students: are required to attend six seminars over the first two (2) years of enrolment.

Part-time students: are required to attend six seminars over the first three (3) years of enrolment.

Light refreshments are served and students are encouraged to use this opportunity to network with other research students and with lecturers.

The program for 2016:Compulsory Postgraduate Seminar Program - PDF