Stage 3
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Your Candidature
All HDR candidates are required to conduct their research project within the candidature framework.
What do I need to do?


You are now entering the final phase of your degree, congratulations. The bulk of the research is done, and you should be focused on completing the thesis and meeting your completion milestones. 

Interaction and discussion with your supervisors are critical during this stage. There are also numerous requirements and mandatory steps to undergo during this final stage. We have outlined several development and training opportunities that may help you during this time.

Review your Thesis Plan with your supervisor, and make adjustments if needed
Attend the Thesis Submission Seminar
Attend the Using Publications in Your Thesis Seminar
Attend a Thesis Writing Boot Camp
Attend the weekly "Shut Up and Write" HDR writing group
Review your writing with your supervisor
Discuss with your supervisor
Ensure your thesis conforms to the rules outlined in the UNSW Thesis Format Guide
Make sure you read and understand the UNSW Thesis Examination Procedure
Discuss with your supervisor whether you should engage the services of a professional editor
If you are planning to submit your thesis early (less than 3 years for PhD or 1.5 years for Masters), apply for early submission
Continue to review your writing with your supervisor
Discuss with your supervisor
Submit your Notification of Intention to Submit (NOITS)
Consider whether you should apply for Restricted Access to your thesis
Ensure that your research data is secured as per your Research Data Management Plan, that your supervisor has access to the data, and that it will be retained by UNSW for the appropriate period of time
Complete the Thesis Title and Abstract Sheet online
Complete the Originality Statement online
Complete the Inclusion of Publications Statement online
Submit your thesis via the Graduate Research Information System (GRIS)
Understand your outcome and what it means you need to do next
Make revisions (if required) in accordance with the Thesis Examination Procedure
Submit final digital copies of your thesis to the UNSW Library
Prepare for graduation
Follow the Scientia Career and Professional Development program
Submit your reflections on the career development activities you undertook during your final year of candidature
What do I need to know?


Submitting your thesis is a big step, and you want to make sure you get it right. We have listed the various policies, requirements, and steps here to help you navigate this important and exciting stage. 

Review your writing with your supervisor
Ensure your thesis complies with the Thesis Format Guide
Discuss potential examiners with your supervisor, declaring any potential Conflicts of Interest
Ensure your thesis complies with the UNSW Research Code of Conduct
How to apply for Restricted Access to your thesis
How to apply for early thesis submission
How to use and declare your publications in your thesis
How to submit your thesis
Thesis Examination Procedure
Research Data Management after submission
What else is available?


Doing a Higher Degree by Research should be a great experience. Choosing to do your degree at UNSW means that you have the benefit of having many resources, training providers and support structures available to you to enhance your time here. Make sure you utilise the many opportunities and resources that we have across the whole of UNSW. We have tried to list as many services as we can, but it is always a good idea to ask your supervisors, Postgraduate Coordinator, academics or friends about other opportunities that may be available, especially those offered at the School or Faculty level.

Thesis Submission Seminar
Using Publications in Your Thesis Seminar
"Shut Up and Write" weekly HDR writing group
Thesis Writing Boot Camp
UNSW 3 Minute Thesis Competition
Stats Central Courses
Research Technology Training
Weekly Hacky Hour for UNSW researchers
Beginning to Teach for HDRs and ECRs
Other Learning and Teaching Resources for HDRs
Academic Skills Workshops
Book a consultation with an Academic Facilitator
Career Development Seminars
International Student Career Resources
Career Advice Consultations
HDR Wellbeing Resources
HDR Counselling Resources
UNSW Entrepreneurial HDR (eHDR) Program
UNSW Founders Program
Peter Farrell Cup
Founders New Wave for Women in Entrepreneurship
Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS)
Michael Crouch Innovation Centre
Support for Your Research
Publishing and Sharing Your Research
Managing and Evaluating Your Research
Smarthinking online support for writing
AGSM @ UNSW Business School Short Courses in leadership, communication and strategy
NIDA communication, presentation and leadership courses
iThinkWell free HDR resources for developing a Thesis Plan, managing your time, and developing a regular writing practice
The Thesis Whisperer online blog for researchers
Need help?


Doing your Higher Degree by Research is exciting, but it is also possible for it to be a stressful time. You are not in this adventure alone, and it is important to ask for help when you need it. While your supervisors and school should be a great support for you, it is important to remember that you can get support from other people. The University has numerous resources and support structures in place to help throughout your candidature. Some of the key contacts and support structures are below.

School Postgraduate Coordinators
Faculty Associate Deans (Research Training)
Graduate Research School Candidature Management Officers
Equitable Learning Services
Student Support Advisors
International Student Advisors
UNSW Health Service
UNSW Counselling Services
UNSW Information Technology (IT) Services
UNSW First Responder for Sexual Misconduct
Arc @ UNSW Student Organisation
Arc Postgraduate Council
Arc @ UNSW Legal and Advocacy Service
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