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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.

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

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

News & events

What’s all this talk about theory?

Monday, 10 June 2019

Dr Neil Ferguson, Research Adviser (Qualitative), Graduate Research School, looks at where to start when researchers are asked to "choose a theory".

How to get the most out of your research degree

Thursday, 02 May 2019

Dr Chandra P. Salgado, Associate Professor, Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research, School of Science, shares her approach to obtaining a Masters or PhD by following a recipe for success.

Welcome to our new Graduate Researchers

Friday, 15 March 2019

Graduate research, the search for new knowledge and the impact it has on community, industry and Government sits at the very centre of ECU’s priorities. So, we greatly value our ECU research candidates and provide the best possible supervision and support to make your experience as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.

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