Graduate Research Coursework

Higher Degree by Research coursework units undertaken as part of the Graduate Certificate in Research (X5A), Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science (S6O), or Professional Doctorate 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.

You will be automatically enrolled into XGR501 Introduction to Higher Degree by Research (and if required also XGR502 Communicating Research) upon commencement. Once enrolled, further details will be available for each unit through MyLO (under Announcements) in the week prior to the interactive class dates.

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

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XGR501 Introduction to Higher Degree by Research:
Class Dates
(3 x consecutive days)
Enrolment
Study Period
Class Delivery Mode
24 - 26 October Spring School via Zoom
XGR502 Communicating Research (XGR502):
Class Dates
(2 x consecutive days)
Enrolment
Study Period
Class Delivery Mode
13 & 14 July Semester 2 via Zoom
08 & 09 November Spring School (extended) via Zoom
Please note:
  • The 'study period' is an administrative time period and does not reflect the actual duration of your classes.
  • Interactive Zoom classes will be held on the specified dates from 9am to 5pm (Hobart, Australian time).
  • Attendance is compulsory for all days of each unit (these Zoom sessions are not recorded).
  • For any email correspondence: use your UTAS email address and include your Name and Student ID in the subject line.
  • Please email CourseCoordinator.Gradcert@utas.edu.au if you have any questions about XGR501 and XGR502.

For candidates undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Research (X5A), you must complete the core unit, XGR501 Introduction to Higher Degree by Research, as well as one other unit (usually XGR502 Communicating Research), before your Confirmation of Candidature.

PhD Candidates:

  • must complete XGR501 Introduction to Higher Degree by Research, and one other unit prior to Confirmation of Candidature.
  • must also complete an additional 25 credit points (or equivalent to two elective units) to complete coursework requirements within the first two years of their degree.
  • It is highly recommended that the second unit completed before Confirmation be XGR502 Communicating Research, however it is understood that in some cases greater benefit may be gained from completion of an elective unit at this time.
  • Please discuss with your primary Supervisor and the Course Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Research if a unit other than XGR502 is being considered.

Research Masters Candidates:

  • must complete XGR501 Introduction to Higher Degree by Research prior to Confirmation of Candidature and a second unit (XGR502 Communicating Research or an elective unit) before thesis submission for examination.

Candidates must complete required coursework units within two years of full time (or equivalent) candidature.

Manage your Enrolment

EXPERIENCING ENROLMENT ISSUES?

  1. You may find the answer here - Frequently Asked Questions
  2. If you cannot find the answer in FAQs and are still experiencing difficulties enrolling in Graduate Certificate in Research units in eStudent, please email gradcert.research@utas.edu.au and include the following:
  • Subject title: " X5A Enrolment Request - <your name (student ID)>"
  • Unit Details:
    • Unit Code and Unit Name/Title
    • Location
    • Study Period
    • Attendance option (on-campus or off-campus)

From January 2022 you will be automatically enrolled into the Core Units upon commencement.

XGR501 Introduction to Higher Degree by Research

XGR502 Communicating Research

Please Note: If you have not been enrolled in the core units*, please email GradCert.Research@utas.edu.au to request assistance with enrolment. Ensure you include your name, student ID, Unit Code and Unit Name/Title, and the study period for enrolment.

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

*For scheduled class dates, please refer to XGR501 and XGR502 Interactive Class Dates for 2022 above.

Choosing your Elective Units

Higher Degree by Research candidates will work with their primary supervisor to select Level 200-700 units available as electives, that best support and complement their research project. Candidates may also enrol in Level 100 introductory language units with the primary supervisor’s approval.

  • To search for possible Elective units, use the Unit Search tool to search by the discipline that you are interested in. In consultation with your supervisor, you can complete any units at Intermediate (200) level or above, or any language unit (other than English) marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for.
  • To enrol in electives please use eStudent
    • If the chosen unit has a pre-requisite requirement: Candidates must meet any unit prerequisites for the selected units. In some instances, the Unit Coordinator may approve for the pre-requisite(s) to be waived.  If this is the case, first contact the unit coordinator via email and make a case requesting a waiver for the pre-requisite. If the unit coordinator approves the waiver, contact GradCert.Research@utas.edu.au for enrolment assistance. Include the following in your request: email from the unit coordinator approving the waiver for the pre-requisite, your name, student ID, unit code, and unit name for enrolment, location and study period.
  • If you are seeking to build on topics introduced in XGR501 and XGR502 (e.g., research methods, literature review, entrepreneurship and more), you may wish to complete modules available from Epigeum, an online research toolkit for HDR candidates.
    • instructions to login and to view the modules available to UTAS HDR candidates.
    • You may need to complete a suite of modules to be eligible to apply for credit against an elective for the Graduate Certificate in Research. Refer to section Applying for Exemption or Credit for further information.
  • If you are seeking more specialised or specific skills to complement your research project that are not offered as an elective unit, you may consider XGR505 Specialised Research Methods. Please refer to Elective units XGR505 / XGR510 - Specialised Research Methods below for further information.

Please note:

  • To withdraw from an enrolled unit prior to census date, please complete your unit withdrawal via eStudent
  • To withdraw from an enrolled unit post census date, please email GradCert.Research@utas.edu.au for assistance.

A full list of University Key Dates and Study Period Dates can be found at utas.edu.au/key-dates

Elective units XGR505 / XGR510 - Specialised Research Methods

Specialised Research Methods (XGR505 and XGR510) enable HDR Candidates undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Research (X5A) to study a topic or subject of 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, how it will be assessed and the due date for completion of the assessment task(s).
  • These units are only available to be undertaken if you are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Research. Enrolment requires the approval of the Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Research.
  • Download XGR505_XGR510-Learning-Agreement-Template-v20220707.docx

To request enrolment in Specialised Research Methods submit the completed and signed XGR505_XGR510-Learning-Agreement-Template-v20220707.docx to CourseCoordinator.GradCert@utas.edu.au and include your name, Student ID and "XGR505 Learning Agreement" in the subject line.

  • Prior to sending the agreement to CourseCoordinator.GradCert@utas.edu.au, all signatures must have been obtained (with the exception of the Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificate of Research)

Candidates undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Research who wish to apply for credit or an exemption (in full or part) will need to complete the X5A Exemption & Credit online form. Read the following before you apply for credit/exemption.

  • Applications for exemptions or credit require the approval of the Course Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Research.
  • It is strongly recommended that all HDR candidates take XGR501, as this unit contains key information specific to research at the University of Tasmania.
  • Each elective for the Graduate certificate in research is weighted 12.5 credit points. To apply for credit, you must provide a rationale for your request and include any relevant documents and/or transcripts.
    • Please note: a 12.5 credit unit is equivalent to 100 -130 hours of time commitment. Therefore, you may need to complete a suite of relevant modules to be able to apply for credit against one elective.
  • If you are applying for credit against an online course or a suite of courses/modules, or a unit from another university you must include the information on the time required to complete the unit.
    • Most online courses indicate the time required to complete the unit on their webpage, include a screenshot of that page and a screenshot of the completion certificate/email. Please do not pay separately to get a completion certificate, a screenshot of successful completion page will suffice.
  • Please contact CourseCoordinator.GradCert@utas.edu.au to discuss any queries.

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.