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: As per the HDR Admissions and Enrolment Policy, your College acknowledged that by supporting external candidates, all additional costs related to external candidature can be met by the Candidate, the research project or the academic unit of enrolment.

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).

For guidance on how to access and enrol in Non-Award Units in MyLO, please view this handy Guide.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 has caused some uncertainty for October/November Spring sessions (at Hobart and Launceston). However, please note that the classes will go ahead via online interactive sessions.

XGR501 will be held on 27 & 28 October and XGR502 on 3 & 4 November via Zoom. Further schedule details will be available through the MyLO units opening shortly (under Announcements). Enrol for these units via eStudent.

Stay safe and please contact Dr Kiran Ahuja 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 AhujaCourseCoordinator.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 2020

Introduction to Higher Degree by Research (XGR501)
CampusClass DatesStudy Period*Venue
via Zoom27 and  28 OctoberSpring ExtendedCheck Timetable
Communicating Research (XGR502)
CampusClass DatesStudy Period*Venue
via Zoom3 and 4 NovemberSpring ExtendedCheck Timetable

*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.