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HDR units of study

As a research student, depending on the year you commenced your studies, your faculty, school or course requirements, you may need to complete certain coursework units of study. You can also request access to units of study that you think will benefit your study. 

HDR units of study

If you’re a research student who commenced your degree before 2021, your faculty or school may require you to complete units of study specific to research students, or as a key part of your degree requirements. Alternatively, you may have the option of completing units of study that are of benefit to your degree but are not compulsory. You should speak to your supervisor about your unit of study requirements and options.

Research students who commence from 2021 onwards, will have a compulsory coursework component as part of their degree. 

Students who commenced before 2021

To enrol in coursework units of study, you will need to complete a Special Permission request through Sydney Student. Information about this process can be found on the Requesting permission for HDR units page. You need to be aware of the coursework unit of study deadlines to enrol in, or remove units of study. Units of study will only appear on your transcript if you are officially enrolled.

As an HDR student, you won't need to pay any tuition fees to complete coursework units of study.  

You can also access short online units in the Open Learning Environment (OLE), at any time and for free. 5000-level OLE units are designed specifically to help you develop the essential skills and knowledge required to successfully complete your research and to help you in your post-PhD career. You can enrol in these units through Canvas and complete them at your own convenience.

Required units of study for students who commenced before 2021

Unit of study code

Unit of study name

Course

Course stage

Advice

ARCF9001

Modes of Inquiry: Research and Scholarship

All

Year 1

N/A

School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

Unit of study code Unit of study name Course Course stage Advice

GCST5909

Key Thinkers for Cultural Studies

Subject to arrangements with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 1

GCST6903

Debates in Cultural Studies

Subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 2

GCST5910

Health, Pleasure and Consumption

Subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 2

GCST6901

Cultural Policy

Subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 2

GCST6905

Gender in Cultural Theory

Subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 2

WMST6902

Arguing the Point

Subject to arrangements with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 1

WMST6903

Gender, Media and Consumer Societies

Subject to arrangements with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 1

WMST6904

Modernist Cultural Studies

Subject to arrangements with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 1

School of Social and Political Science

Unit of study code Unit of study name Course Course stage Advice

SSPS6001

Quantitative Methods for Social Science

Subject to arrangements with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 2

SSPS6002

Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 1

SCLG6902

Ethics of Social Research

Subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 1

ECOP6031

Research in Political Economy

Subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 2

GOVT6139

Research Design

Subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

Offered Semester 1

Sydney College of the Arts

Unit of study code Unit of study name Course Course stage Advice

CART7006

Art as Research

Doctor of Philosophy

First research period of candidature

Course details will be emailed to students

CART7006 Art as Research Master of Fine Arts Year 1  Course details will be emailed to students

Unit of study code

Unit of study name

Course

Course stage

Advice

BUSS7901

Research Design

All

Year 1

Offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2. Must be taken in first semester of candidature. Must be taken prior to 1st Year Faculty Milestone (Thesis Proposal Defence).

BUSS7902

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

All

Year 1

Offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2. Must be taken in first semester of candidature. Must be taken prior to 1st Year Faculty Milestone (Thesis Proposal Defence).

BUSS7903

Introduction to Qualitative Methods

All

Year 1

Offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2. Must be taken within two semesters. Must be taken prior to 1st Year Faculty Milestone (Thesis Proposal Defence).

BUSS7904

Advanced Quantitative Methods 

PhD Students only*

Year 1-2

Offered Semester 2 only. Must be taken within 3 semesters. Pre-requisite is BUSS7902.

*MPhil students intending to upgrade to PhD must take either BUSS7904 or BUSS7906.

BUSS7906 Advanced Qualitative Methods PhD students only* Year 1-2

Offered Semester 2 only. Must be taken within 3 semesters. Pre-requisite is BUSS7903.

*MPhil students intending to upgrade to PhD must take either BUSS7904 or BUSS7906

BUSS7908

Research Reading Seminar

All

Year 1

Offered at discipline’s discretion.

BUSS7910

Philosophy of Business Research

All

Year 1

Offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2. Must be taken in first semester of candidature. Must be taken prior to 1st Year.
Unit of study code unit of study name Course Course stage Advice
EDPZ5003

Thesis proposal writing

Recommended for all Doctoral and MPhil students

PhD(Ed) pathway requirement

Year 1

Offered in semester 1

EDPK5001

Qualitative Methods

PhD pathway requirement

MPhil elective

MEd(RES) – Option B elective

Year 1

1st RP

Offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2

EDPK5003

Developing a research proposal

MPhil(Ed) core unit

MEd(RES) – Option B elective

Year 1

1st RP

Offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2

SCWK6902

Social research

PhD(SW) pathway requirement

MPhil(SW) core unit

Year 1

Offered in semester 1

EDPK5002

Quantitative methods

MPhil elective

Year 1

(not offered in 2019)

EDPC5012

Evaluating Learning Tech. Innovation

MEd(RES) – Option B elective

1st RP

Offered in semester 1

School of Computer Science

Unit of study code

Unit of study name

Course

Course stage

Advice

INFO5993

Research Methods in IT

All School of Computer Science candidates need to complete this unit in their first semester of candidature

Year 1

May be taken in Semester 1 or Semester 2

School of Civil engineering

Unit of study code

Unit of study name

Course

Course stage

Advice

CSYS5010

Introduction to Complex Systems

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 1 or 2

CSYS5020

Interdependent Civil Systems

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 1

CSYS5030

Information Theory and Self-Organisation

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 2

CSYS5040

Criticality in Dynamical Systems

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 2

CIVL6257

Concrete Structures - Prestressed Concrete

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 1

CIVL6264

Composite Steel-Concrete Structures

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 2

CIVL6267

Steel Structures - Advanced Analysis and Design

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 1

CIVL6268

Structural Dynamics

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 2

CIVL6455

Engineering Behaviour of Soils

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 2

CIVL6456

Energy Geotechnics

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 2

CIVL6665

Advanced Water Resources Engineering

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 2

CIVL6666

Open Channel Flow & Hydraulic Structures

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 1

CIVL6669

Applied Fluid Engineering Computing

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 2

CIVL5351

Geoenvironmental Engineering

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 2

CIVL5458

Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 1

CIVL5460

Particle Mechanics for Geotechnics

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 1

CIVL5999

Advanced Research and Analysis

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 1

CIVL5701

Transport Networks, Geography, and Land Use

All - subject to arrangement with your supervisor(s)

Any time

May be taken in Semester 2

Unit of study code

Unit of study name

Course

Course stage

Advice

LAWS6077

Legal Research 1

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Juridical Studies, Master of Laws (Research), Master of Criminology (Research)

Year 1

Semester 1 timetable

LAWS7001

Legal Research 2

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Juridical Studies

Year 2 for full-time students

Semester 2 timetable

LAWS7002

Legal Research 3

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Juridical Studies

Year 3 for full-time students

Semester 2 timetable. One other session involving a one or two day conference in which students give presentations of their thesis will be held later in the year. The dates will be confirmed at the first meeting.

Sydney Dental School

Unit of study code Unit of study name Course Course stage Advice

DENT6000

Research Methods in Dentistry

Master of Philosophy

Year 1 (recommended but may be completed later)

May be taken in Semester 1 or Semester 2

Sydney Medical School

Unit of study code

Unit of study name

Course

Course stage

Advice

MEDF5005

Health Research Methods and Ethics

Master of Philosophy

Year 1 (recommended but may be completed later)

Offered in Semester 1

Sydney Nursing School

Unit of study code Unit of study name Course Course stage Advice

A minimum of one unit of study

N/A

Master of Philosophy

Year 1 (recommended but may be completed later)

May be taken in Semester 1 or Semester 2

Sydney Pharmacy School

Unit of study code Unit of study name Course Course stage Advice

PHAR6000

Research Methods

Master of Philosophy

Year 1 (recommended but may be completed later)

May be taken in Semester 1 or Semester 2

Unit of study code

Unit of study name

Course

Course stage

Advice

MATH1005

Statistics

All– optional

Year 1 recommended

May be taken in Semester 1 or Semester 2

DATA1001

Foundations of Data Science

All - optional

Year 1 recommended

May be taken in Semester 1 or Semester 2

Students who commence from 2021

To support the research capabilities and success of HDR students, and in response to a changing world, all HDR degrees from 2021 will include a compulsory coursework component.

This will provide the opportunity to create a distinct research pathway by selecting from 270+ units from any faculty, with study areas ranging from specialist analytical methods and professional engagement courses, to discipline-specific subjects.

  • All units offered will be at the 5000-level or above.
  • Coursework needs to be completed by the end of Year 2 for Doctoral candidates (PhDs) and by the end of Year 1 for Masters by Research/Master of Philosophy students.
  • Units will appear on the student’s final transcript.

There is no separate tuition fee cost for the coursework units of study undertaken, it is part of the tuition fee for the course. See the 'Your fee' section of each course page for fee information. Additional non-tuition course costs vary depending on the units of study.

To enrol in coursework units of study, students will need to select units in Sydney Student. Find out more about selecting units of study in Sydney Student

Students will be able to enrol in any of the units available, subject to unit capacity and their research background, as some units vary in levels of capability. 

Supervisors and students can reflect on the coursework options that are most suitable based on the students' prior experience and the demands of the research project. Faculties or schools may elect to define certain units of study as mandatory for a given degree pathway. 

Check Table R in the Handbook for coursework units available for higher degree by research students.

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Last updated: 05 August 2021

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