Courses & Units

Introduction to Higher Degree by Research XGR501

As well as attending the online interactive face-to-face days (3 consecutive days) Zoom sessions, students will need to access XGR501 in MyLO.




Introduction to Higher Degree by Research will introduce doctoral and masters candidates to higher degrees by research (HDR) study at the University of Tasmania.

Candidates will be introduced to a range of topics including what it means to be an HDR candidate; the governance framework that articulates the terms and conditions of a HDR program; research ethics; planning and managing a research project; how to work in a research team; moral rights and protecting and commercialising research; information retrieval, library services; and resources and occupational health and safety.

The unit will be taught via two days of block teaching (online, face-to-face, via Zoom) and assessment tasks will focus on meeting key objectives required for confirmation of candidature. Attendance at the face-to-face Zoom classes is mandatory. Enrolled candidates can check their interactive class dates and times here: (

XGR501 is a core unit of the Graduate Certificate in Research. It introduces a range of topics that will be developed further in the remaining units of the course. Please note you will not incur a tuition fee for this unit.


Unit name Introduction to Higher Degree by Research
Unit code XGR501
Credit points 12.5
College/School Research Division
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)
Discipline Graduate Certificate in Research Income
Coordinator Doctor Kiran Ahuja
Delivered By
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Summer school Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Winter school (late) Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 4/11/2024 27/11/2024 31/12/2024 23/2/2025
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
Winter school (late) 24/6/2024 12/7/2024 5/8/2024 15/9/2024
Summer school 2/1/2024 15/1/2024 30/1/2024 25/2/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the relevant policies and procedures applicable to higher degree by research candidates enrolled at the University of Tasmania.
  • Design and present a detailed research plan for an extended research project.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the relevance and importance of occupational health and safety as it applies in your own workplace.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the social and ethical implications of research and appropriate professional behaviour consistent with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and other relevant guidelines.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of key intellectual property concepts and the various stages of commercialisation.
  • Find, acquire, evaluate, manage, and use relevant information in a range of media.
  • Identify, evaluate, and implement personal learning strategies.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


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