General HDR information


The most important thing to know is about the HDR Skills Development Program which runs at both Mt Helen and Gippsland campuses. This is a program of classes and events for all HDR students.

  • The HDR Skills Development Program (SDP) supports our PhD and masters by research candidates to timely completion; and assists them to develop and document a suite of transferable skills, useful across many fields of endeavour. Sessions will be identified as focusing on one or both of these goals. The program will also facilitate networking opportunities among our HDR candidates. The prescribed SDP sessions are considered part of the requirements of HDR candidature at Federation for candidates who enrolled after 1 January 2019. Candidates who enrolled after 1 January 2019 who do not complete the required SDP sessions in their first (FTE) year may be excluded from the Confirmation of Candidature process. Those who do not complete the required SDP sessions in subsequent years may be required to show cause as to why their candidature should not be terminated. The program is delivered at the Mt Helen and Gippsland campuses.
  • Enrolled HDR candidates can access the Skills Development Program (SDP) via Moodle.  Registration to attend SDP sessions is also via Moodle.
  • For further information on the FedUni Skills Development Program, please contact Paula Di Maria

Other key resources relevant to HDR students include the following:

  • Getting started in your HDR journey: This vital resource will be useful when first embarking on a higher degree. It contains everything from progressing reporting, to thesis layout requirements.
  • The HDR handbook: A vital resource for HDR students at any stage of their candidature.
  • HDR Forms: Everything you need from changing your candidature and supervisor to that all-important intention to graduate form and information.
  • HDR programs and courses including the Course Finder and eligibility requirements for those considering a higher degree by research.