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ECU’s Graduate Research School works to enhance the quality of the research experience and culture for research master and doctoral candidates, their supervisors and schools.

We provide a variety of support and development services, including face-to-face and online training, seminars, academic events and social activities.

News & events


Thursday, 26 March 2020

A message from Professor Caroline Finch AO, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) to ECU Higher Degree by Research Students regarding COVID-19.

Opportunity for HDR students to provide feedback on training, experience and needs

Tuesday, 05 November 2019

All HDR students are invited to fill out the new In-progress Research Experience Questionnaire (IPREQ), which evaluates the needs of HDR students and monitors the overall postgraduate experience at ECU.

Three Minute Thesis Final promises an exciting showcase of ECU research

Friday, 13 September 2019

This September 10 students will compete to be crowned as the ECU 3MT champion. Discover the research being conducted by ECU’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master by Research students at the ECU 2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) final.

SOAR Centre

Part of the Graduate Research School, our SOAR Centre (Support – Opportunities – Advice – Resources) is a free, peer-to-peer service open to all higher degree by research and honours students.

We provide support and information with a focus on research skills training and career development.

Our services include:

  • peer-to-peer appointments for research skills development and support;
  • access and assistance with career guidance software;
  • help for building your career development plan; and
  • interactive workshops

Research training and resources

In addition to the training, resources and consultation services provided by your faculty and school, the Graduate Research School offers cross-discipline training and resources to all higher degree by research candidates and honours students.

This includes:

  • interactive workshops;
  • online research training courses;
  • research software; and
  • database access to eBooks, journals and theses

Research journey

The research journey web pages will guide you through the many steps from your initial enrolment until you have completed your research degree. These pages provide information for research students, supervisors and research support staff.

The stages of the research journey include:

  • Provisional candidature;
  • Confirmation of candidature;
  • Undertaking  your research;
  • Writing and presenting your research;
  • Thesis examination; and
  • Graduation
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