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Higher Degree by Research

FAQs for Higher Degree by Research students (HDRs)

The University is committed to supporting HDR students whose research plans have been impacted by the unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19.

If you are a current HDR student, please visit the research support section of the Intranet (requires UniKey access) for further information, including extensions to submission deadlines and centrally funded scholarships, general bursaries, submission milestones and Annual Progress Reviews.

No, research periods will remain unchanged.

The University remains open for critical research and teaching only. Critical activities include animal welfare, Core Research Facilities and management of safety issues. For more information, visit Research Support on the Intranet (requires UniKey access). 

Yes, most HDR coursework units are available remotely. From 2021 all HDR students must complete HDR coursework requirements. A full list of units can be found on our postgraduate research web page.

More than 250 coursework units of study are available for HDR students to study remotely (subject to current border closures and public health advice). There are some exceptions and students should refer to the units of study for further information. The following HDR units of study are not available remotely in 2021:

  • PERF5610 Arts and creative industries placement
  • OLET5610 Multivariate data analysis
  • OLET5616 Experimental design for life sciences
  • AERO8200 Advanced Aerodynamics
  • AERO8750 Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems 
  • AMME9450 Design and Production 
  • CHEM5101 Special Topics in Chemistry 1
  • CHEM5102 Special Topics in Chemistry 2

Yes, you will need to discuss your research project changes in detail with your supervisor before you commence your HDR course online.

Consider moving forward project work such as literature reviews and systematic reviews, until you can be on-campus to use research facilities and labs. Please discuss in detail with your supervisor.

If you are a University of Sydney stipend scholarship recipient, your stipend payment will be paid into your Australian bank account. If you don’t have an Australian bank account at the time of enrolment, don’t worry, you won’t be disadvantaged as you will receive back payment once you have provided your Australian bank account details to the University.

Last updated July 2021

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