Courses & Units

Introduction to Higher Degree by Research XGR501

Hobart, Launceston, Rozelle - Sydney


As well as attending the face-to-face days (2 consecutive days), students will need to access the XGR501 MyLO Web site.


Introduction to Higher Degree by Research will introduce PhD 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; policy and procedure at UTAS; research ethics; planning and managing a research project; how to lead a team and guide research; moral rights and protecting and commercialising research; information retrieval, library services and resources and occupational health and safety. The unit will be taught via block teaching (face-to-face) and assessment tasks will focus on meeting key objectives required for confirmation of progression of candidature.

The unit is a mandatory unit of the Graduate Certificate in Research. Therefore, it introduces a range of topics that will be developed further in the remaining units of the course.


Unit name Introduction to Higher Degree by Research
Unit code XGR501
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Research Division
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)
Discipline Graduate Certificate in Research Income
Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Winter school (late) Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Spring school (extended) On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart 11 Week Session Apr On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Spring school (extended) On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston 11 Week Session Feb On-Campus International Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney 11 Week Session Apr On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Winter school (late) 21/6/2021 9/7/2021 2/8/2021 12/9/2021
Spring school (extended) 25/10/2021 17/11/2021 20/12/2021 13/2/2022
11 Week Session Feb 1/2/2021 15/2/2021 8/3/2021 11/4/2021
11 Week Session Apr 5/4/2021 23/4/2021 17/5/2021 27/6/2021

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 079999

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



Ethics Assignment 35%; Research Plan 50%; Accountable persons training 15%.

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