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Higher Degree by Research Coursework (Table R)

Fulfilling the HDR coursework requirement

To support the research capabilities and success of Higher Degree by Research (HDR)  candidates, and in response to a changing world, all HDR degrees from 2021 include a compulsory coursework component. 

Most doctoral students will need to complete a minimum of 12 credit points of coursework within their first two years of candidature (full-time) and four years (part-time).

Most Masters by Research students will need to complete a minimum of 6 credit points within their first year (full-time) or two years (part-time) of study.

To fulfil the coursework requirements of a PhD or Masters by Research students are required to select units of study from Table R.

Table R is listed by thematic category, grouping the coursework units into specialist or skills areas. Students liaise with their supervisor team to identify appropriate unit selections from Table R. Units should be selected to support a candidate’s field of research or develop a skill that will support their research project.

Students can enrol in units of study via Sydney Student. Students experiencing difficulties with enrolling in a unit are encouraged to contact their Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC) portfolio.

Refer to the HDR units of study page on the Current Students website for information around important study dates, HDR coursework exemptions, tracking HDR coursework completions as a progression requirement within the Research Education Candidature System (RECS), and more.

Degrees excluded from the Table R coursework requirement

Some degrees have separate requirements as outlined in their course resolutions or inter-institutional agreements, so are excluded from the coursework requirement. For 2023, these are:

  • Master of Clinical Psychology / Doctor of Philosophy (Faculty of Science)
  • Master of Veterinary Studies (Clinical Residency Program) / Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (Faculty of Science), and
  • Joint Doctor of Philosophy (Note: candidates in this degree may have to meet coursework requirements subject to the terms of the principal inter-institutional agreement and the student agreement).