Career and Development

At UNSW, we think of our higher degree research (HDR) candidates as people who are taking the first steps in their research career. For this reason, we provide a range of events, workshops  and resources to help you develop your skills and get the most out of your candidature.  

The sections below provide information about some key resources and opportunities that may be of interest to you. For a list of HDR candidature workshops, visit the HDR SharePoint site. For information about the range of services and resources available at UNSW, visit the HDR Extend Your Career website.


Candidature Development Opportunities

There are a number of seminars, workshops and events organised by the Graduate Research School and Researcher Development Unit for research candidates at UNSW. These include an induction for newly enrolled research candidates, workshops on key candidature milestones including Annual Research Progress Reviews and thesis submission, a thesis writing boot camp and the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

These events give candidates the chance to meet, network and learn from peers, colleagues, and members of the Graduate Research team from across the University.

For details of upcoming workshops, visit the HDR SharePoint site.


HDR Welcome and Orientation

All newly enrolled candidates are required to attend an HDR Welcome and Orientation. The orientation is an important event that provides you with key information to ensure a smooth transition to your research candidature at UNSW. It is also an opportunity to meet your peers, colleagues, and key members of the UNSW Graduate Research team including the Dean of Graduate Research, Professor Jonathan Morris and Deputy Dean of Graduate Research Associate Professor Penny Martens.


Research Progress Review Seminar

The Research Progress Review Seminar covers everything you need to know to get the best out of your Review. The Dean of Graduate Research, along with staff from the Graduate Research School will explain who attends your Research Progress Reviews, how you should prepare for them, and the associated policies and procedures.


Thesis Writing Boot Camp

This event provides candidates with a quiet and focused environment to work on writing part of their thesis. Short seminars are normally offered by Learning Advisors to provide tips on negotiating common stumbling blocks and maintaining a regular writing practice. 


Thesis Submission Seminar

Designed for candidates who intend to submit their thesis in the next 12 months, this seminar provides essential information about thesis submission at UNSW, and the policies and procedures relevant to this process. It covers the thesis submission process in detail, providing hints to help you understand what examiners are typically looking for in an HDR thesis. 


Your Wellbeing

UNSW offers a range of resources and services to support your health and wellbeing throughout your candidature. To learn more, visit the HDR SharePoint site

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland for PhD and Research Masters candidates. With just three minutes to give a compelling presentation on their thesis topic and its significance, the 3MT competition forces research candidates to consolidate their ideas and crystallise their research discoveries.

Visit the 3MT Competition page for further information.


HDR Extend Your Career

HDR Extend Your Career is an online resource designed to help you navigate your candidature requirements and develop your skills at each stage of your candidature and beyond. 

For more information, visit HDR Extend Your Career.






UNSW Careers Support

UNSW Student Academic and Careers Success provides services to assist candidates develop career management skills. The unit offers career development programs, career planning and advice consultations, and a number of expos, employer presentations, and seminars.

UNSW Student Academic and Careers Success has a suite of resources for international candidates for whom English is a second language. The unit offers a professional development program to assist candidates to further develop their communication skills in a professional setting and gain practical workplace experience to enhance their career opportunities. The unit also publishes an International Student Employability Guide that provides helpful career and employment tips for international students.

For more information, visit this page.

IMNIS Mentoring Program

The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) program connects motivated 2nd year PhD candidates from Engineering, Medicine, or Science, with outstanding industry leaders for a one-year program running from July 2021 to June 2022.

Mentors (industry leaders) and mentees (PhD candidates) meet face-to-face for one-hour every month. Guidelines are provided to both mentors and the mentees, and five state-level networking events are hosted by IMNIS to allow mentors and mentees to network and connect more broadly. Click here to find out if a mentorship is right for you.

See the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) Guidelines for more information on the program.

Applications are now open until 11.59pm (AEST), Monday 3 May 2021

As this is a STEM-focussed program and only available in Sydney, we realise that not all faculties may have eligible candidates. The GRS is working on plans for future programs.

UNSW Library

The UNSW Library offers a number of services to assist you in conducting your research project.

The Library offers services to support researchers in finding and managing information resources, including a research consultation service to connect you to the information and skills needed to support your research.

There are also services to help you disseminate, share and preserve your research output, and to manage and evaluate the impact of your research.

For more information, visit the UNSW Library.





Other UNSW Development Services

The Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC)

The Centre's major Research Facilities are accessible to all staff and students of UNSW.


Stats Central

Statistical Consulting and Workshops for research candidates.


The Learning Centre

The Learning Centre offers academic skills support to all students across all years of study enrolled at UNSW, including a range of Academic Skills Support for research candidates.


UNSW Innovations

Our team are the guide and connector for UNSW researchers and alumni entrepreneurs to people, organisations and their next steps.


Michael Crouch Innovation Centre

The Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (the “MCIC”) is an emergent force fostering innovation to create a better world. The MCIC is staffed by a diverse team of highly skilled facilitators, makers, designers, entrepreneurs and networkers, and it is powered by a large and growing community of collaborators across campus, in Australia and globally.


UNSW Teaching

UNSW Teaching provides advice, guidance and support to the University, to faculties, to schools and to individuals on the enhancement of learning and teaching at UNSW. Take advantage of their program for HDRs – Beginning to Teach, and Foundations of University Learning and Teaching.