Graduate Certificate in Research (HDR Coursework)

HDR coursework units undertaken during candidature are designed to provide you with a range of training activities and career development opportunities that assist in developing high-level research, communication and management skills. The skills obtained will give you an edge with future employment opportunities.

External Candidates: you and your academic unit of enrolment must justify to the Dean that all additional costs and resources related to external candidature can be met. Any approval for off-shore candidature must consider the Conditions of Award for any scholarship that has been offered in accordance with the HDR Research Training Program & Other Scholarships procedure.

To check your current enrolment, please login to eStudent and select the appropriate study plan.

If you have any questions, particularly about selecting appropriate elective units, please talk to your supervisory team or Graduate Research Coordinator (GRC).

Helpful User Guides:

eStudent Enrolment Guide

MyLO Non-Award Unit Enrolment Guide

HDR X5A & S6O Commonwealth Supported Place Guide (Domestic HDR Candidates only).

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

In 2021, classes will continue to go ahead via online interactive sessions.

Please refer to the Core Unit Dates for 2021 below for further information as to when the classes will be held for each study period via Zoom. To enrol, please access eStudent.

Once enrolled, further schedule details will be available for each unit through MyLO (under Announcements).

Stay safe and please contact Dr Kiran Ahuja, via email to coursecoordinator.gradcert@utas.edu.au, if you have any queries.


For candidates undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Research (X5A), you must complete the core unit, Introduction to Higher Degree by Research (XGR501), as well as one other unit, usually Communicating Research (XGR502), before your Confirmation of Candidature. PhD candidates will also complete two additional elective units within the first two years of their degree.

Manage your Enrolment - Approved X5A units (Core and Elective)

If you experience any enrolment difficulties, please first refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the answer you need please contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Kiran Ahuja, via email to CourseCoordinator.Gradcert@utas.edu.au or GradCert.Research@utas.edu.au.

Ensure you include your name, student ID and a short summary of the issue.

Core Unit Dates for 2021

Introduction to Higher Degree by Research (XGR501)
CampusClass DatesStudy Period2021 SemesterVenue
Hobart12 and 13 JanuarySummer SchoolSemester 3 via Zoom**
Hobart16 and 17 MarchSemester 1Semester 1via Zoom**
Hobart22 and 23 June* Winter School (Late)Semester 4via Zoom**
Hobart27 and 28 July*Semester 2Semester 2via Zoom**
Hobart26 and 27 October*Spring School (Extended)Semester 5via Zoom**
Communicating Research (XGR502)
CampusClass DatesStudy Period2021 SemesterVenue
Hobart19 and 20 JanuarySummer SchoolSemester 3via Zoom**
Hobart23 and 24 MarchSemester 1Semester 1via Zoom**
Hobart29 and 30 June*Winter School (Late)Semester 4via Zoom**
Hobart3 and 4 August*Semester 2Semester 2via Zoom**
Hobart2 and 3 November*Spring School (Extended)Semester 5via Zoom**

* These classes are not yet open for enrolment. Enrolment into these classes will be made available early April 2021.

** Please note, in 2021 all core unit classes (XGR501 and XGR502) will be held on-line, via Zoom. To differentiate these classes, the Venue will illustrate a status of via Zoom. When enrolling in eStudent, for a session that has via Zoom as its Venue, please select the Location as Hobart and the Attendance as Off-Campus. When enrolled, these classes will require compulsory, on-line attendance on the class dates, and will not be recorded.

Please note that the 'study period' is an administrative time period and does not reflect the actual duration of your face-to-face classes.

A full list of University Key Dates can be found at https://www.utas.edu.au/key-dates

Manage your Enrolment - Off Schedule (not approved) X5A elective units, excluding XGR505/510

Off-Schedule unit requests require the approval of the Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Research.

Use the Course & Unit Handbook to assist in your search of available and applicable units. Units will need to be at 200 level or above, except for languages which may be at the 100 level.

To request enrolment in an elective unit that does not appear on the approved schedule, please email CourseCoordinator.GradCert@utas.edu.au with the subject "Off Schedule Unit Request" and provide the following information:

  • Subject line - "Off Schedule Elective Unit Request - <Candidate Name (ID)>
  • Candidate Name, Student ID number, School and College
  • The number of credit points you have available to fill on your study plan (check this via eStudent)
  • Unit code, unit title and unit weight (in credit points)
  • The study period you want to be enrolled in
  • Justification for your off schedule unit choice
  • A copy of the unit outline
  • Written approval/permission to join the class, from the Unit Coordinator of the Unit you are requesting
  • Where pre-requisites are required, provide written approval from the Unit Coordinator to waive these pre-requisites

When you submit your request, you can expect your request to be finalised with a notification, within 5 working days of the date you provided the required information.

Manage your Enrolment - Off Schedule elective units XGR505/510,
Specialised Research Methods

XGR505 and XGR510 (Specialised Research Methods) enables HDR Candidates undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Research (X5A) to study a topic or subject of particular academic interest and relevance to their project which is not otherwise available as a formal unit. It provides candidates with the opportunity to engage in self-directed study with the guidance from a supervising lecturer.

A formal learning agreement between the candidate and the supervising lecturer specifies the material to be studied, the means by which it will be assessed and the due date for completion of the assessment task(s).

These units are only available under course code X5A, the Graduate Certificate in Research. Enrolment requires the approval of the Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificate Research.

Download XGR505 Learning Agreement Template 2018 (Word 24KB)

To request enrolment in XGR505 or XGR510, please email CourseCoordinator.GradCert@utas.edu.au with the subject "XGR505/XGR510 Unit Request" and provide the following information:

  • A signed learning agreement (all signatures are required, with the exception of the Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificate Research)
  • Student ID

When you submit your request, you can expect your request to be finalised with a notification, within 5 working days of the date you provided the required information.

Application for Exemption or Credit (for previous studies or experience)

The online form has been developed for candidates undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Research (X5A) who wish to apply for a credit towards or an exemption (in full or in part) from the Graduate Certificate in Research.

Applications for exemptions or credit require the approval of the Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Research.

When you submit your request, you can expect your request to be finalised with a notification, within 5 working days of the Course Coordinator receiving the required information.

Candidates undertaking the Quantitative Marine Science (QMS) or the Quantitative Antarctic Science (QAS) programs will be automatically admitted to the Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science (S6O) in place of the Graduate Certificate in Research (X5A).

Manage your Enrolment - Approved S6O units (Core and Elective)
  • Please log into eStudent to enrol in Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science units
  • Please log into eStudent to withdraw from a unit you are enrolled in

If you experience any enrolment difficulties, please contact the QMS Program Coordinator, Christine Fury (Christine.Fury@utas.edu.au). Ensure you include your name, student ID and a short summary of the issue.

Application for Exemption or Credit (for previous studies or experience)

If you are undertaking the Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science (S6O), please contact the course coordinator to discuss the process.

Professional Doctorate candidates are not admitted to either of the above courses but are required to undertake coursework units applicable to their chosen degree. For the coursework requirements of your degree, contact your professional doctorate course coordinator.

Manage your Enrolment - Professional Doctorate Candidates
Application for Exemption or Credit (for previous studies or experience)

If you are undertaking a Professional Doctorate, please contact your course coordinator to discuss the process.