Information for new students:

This guide is intended to provide you with a quick and accessible overview of candidature requirements and services available to research students enrolled at Menzies/Charles Darwin University (CDU).

New research students should make an appointment with the research degrees administration officer to receive an induction to, and information about, the role of Menzies in supporting their studies.

Student card:

As an enrolled student you are entitled to a student card. Student cards provide access to facilities such as the library, after hours computer laboratories, university bookshop discounts and other discounts where notified by the business.

Internal students can obtain a card from Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus – Uni info shop, Orange 1.

External students can obtain a card by completing the form at this link. You will need to send a photo and identification documents with the completed form.

Generic skills workshops:

It is essential that all higher degree by reseach (HDR) students attend the induction session in their first year of candidature and attend a minimum of five generic skills workshops during the period of candidature. In deciding which workshops to attend, students should consult with their supervisors. For more information and scheduling, please see: http://www.cdu.edu.au/research/ori/research-enhancement-program

Reporting progress:

All HDR students and their principal supervisors will be required to complete an annual progress report. In the first year, you will also be required to complete an interim report.

It is a requirement of your candidature that the report forms are completed and provided to the research degrees administration officer by the due date. These reports enable a discussion between you, your supervisors, Menzies and the deputy vice-chancellor regarding your progress.

If, at any stage, an annual report demonstrates that there are issues of concern, a mid-year interim report will be requested to enable the University to assist you with these issues and monitor progress in addressing the concerns. Annual report forms will be emailed to you through the research students mailing list and interim report forms will be emailed to your student email address.

Annual re-enrolment:

It is necessary to re-enrol in your studies every calendar year. It is essential that you enrol for the full calendar year unless you are on an approved leave of absence for a full semester.

Enrolment forms for the next calendar year will be emailed to you through the research students mailing list each November. To ensure ongoing enrolment, forms must be completed and lodged with the Office of Research and Innovation at CDU before the end of February each year.

Confirmation of candidature:

All new students undergo a process of confirming their candidature during the first year of enrolment.

This process includes preparation and submission of:

  • A supervision agreement
  • A detailed research proposal
  • Delivery of an oral presentation to a group of disciplinary peers.

For Doctor of Philosophy candidates, the confirmation of candidature must be completed within eight months of full-time study or 16 months of part-time study.

For Master by Research candidates, the confirmation of candidature must be completed within six months of full-time study or 12 months of part-time study.

Further information regarding the confirmation of candidature process.