Current PhD and MPhil Students

Manage my Degree - Higher Degree Research Resources

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Manage My Degree (HDR)

The following functions are included;

  • Apply for leave
  • Change enrolment – Add / Drop Coursework
  • Apply for extension of program – including scholarship extensions
  • Change of intensity – full or part time
  • Change of program level – (PhD / MPhil / Professional Doctorate)
  • Voluntary Discontinuation / Program Withdrawal
  • Apply for extension of eCOE (electronic confirmation of enrolment)

Manage My Degree (Coursework)

The following functions are included;

  • Apply for leave (for International students, Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda (M ChD) and Honours Students)
  • Change enrolment – Add / Drop coursework where
    • Reduced Study Load
    • Add Courses – Overload
    • Add Courses – 3rd Attempt only
  • Apply for Late Withdrawal
  • Voluntary Discontinuation / Program Withdrawal
  • Apply for extension of eCOE (electronic confirmation of enrolment)

Compulsory Coursework for Current PhD and MPhil Students

Advanced training in methodology, historiography, project design and ethical research conduct is structured into the School of History's higher degree research program. All HDR students must complete four courses over the first 18 to 24 months of full-time candidature. These are designed to broaden your academic training and to develop your professional skills. Upon successful completion of these courses you will receive a Graduate Research Certificate, which will appear on your transcript.

The School of History conducts the following courses for HDR students:

1. The Craft of History: Themes, Approaches and Methods

The Craft of History: Themes, Approaches and Methods is the program's foundation course. It is run over four days as a series of eight workshops, led by members of the School's academic staff. Advance preparation (the completion of assigned readings and the posting of discussion questions) is required, as well as a post-workshop reflective essay.

In 2018, classes will run in Autumn session.

2. Effective and Ethical Research

The Effective and Ethical Research course consists of one session of Research Integrity Training plus a series of meetings with your supervisor, in which you will determine the ethical dimensions of your project. If your research involves living subjects or sensitive materials you may need to submit a detailed ethics proposal for approval before commencing your research.

It is possible to complete a component of HIST8104 through the on-line course available through the Research Office website.

This site provides an overview of ANU ethics process.

3. Thesis Development

The Thesis Development course consists of a series of four workshops, starting in September. These sessions focus on the formulation of your research questions and hypotheses, the development of your research strategy, your choice of methods, and your situation of your project within existing fields of research. These workshops culminate in the presentation of your thesis proposal at a thesis proposal presentation day (normally in November), to which the entire School is invited.

4. The Professional Historian

The Professional Historian is an elective, and it may be completed in a variety of ways: by completing graduate intensive workshops, attending seminars and masterclass, and by participating in reading groups.

Participation in workshops and masterclasses delivered through other parts of the University may be eligible for credit toward the completion of this elective course. Check in advance with the Graduate Director and your supervisor.

Please note: your supervisor should assess your reflective essays, not the masterclass leader. However, if the masterclass leader is a member of staff they may be willing to review it.

The Professional Historian full course outline [RTF 161kb].

Current PhD student profiles

Additional Funding

HDR students are provided with a notional fund of $6,000 to cover costs associated with completing their thesis research. However, the receipt of funding is contingent on the successful completion of milestones, the support of the supervisory chair, the endorsement of the Head of School, and the sanction of the Dean. Students must also comply with ethical protocol and safety guidelines before undertaking extended research trips.

The following links provide the necessary internal forms and information on external funding:

Additional Resources


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