HDR Academic Calendar

The HDR Academic Calendar comprises four terms, which provide flexibility for HDR candidates to reflect the ongoing nature of a research candidature. 

 

Summer Term

YEAR

2021

2022

Summer Term

14 December 2020 - 14 February 2021

13 December 2021 - 13 February 2022

New Enrolments Commence

2 November 2020

1 November 2021

Term Start Date

14 December 2020

13 December 2021

Term Census Date 

17 January 2021

16 January 2022

Term End Date

14 February 2021

13 February 2022

 

Term 1

YEAR

2021

2022

Term 1

15 February 2021 - 30 May 2021

14 February 2022 - 29 May 2022

New Enrolments Commence

4 January 2021

3 January 2022

Term Start Date

15 February 2021

14 February 2022

Term Census Date 

14 March 2021

13 March 2022

Term End Date

30 May 2021

29 May 2022

 

Term 2

YEAR

2021

2022

Term 2

31 May 2021 - 12 September 2021

30 May 2022 - 11 September 2022

New Enrolments Commence

19 April 2021

18 April 2022

Term Start Date

31 May 2021

30 May 2022

Term Census Date 

27 June 2021

26 June 2022

Term End Date

12 September 2021

11 September 2022

 

Term 3

YEAR

2021

2022

Term 3

13 September 2021 - 12 December 2021

12 September 2022 - 11 December 2022

New Enrolments Commence

2 August 2021

1 August 2022

Term Start Date

13 September 2021

12 September 2022

Term Census Date 

10 October 2021

9 October 2022

Term End Date

12 December 2021

11 December 2022

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need to start my degree?

All new candidates should enrol in their degree by the term start date. The start date is the first day of the term.

 

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Can I start my degree earlier than the term start date?

Yes! New candidates may enrol up to one month before the term start date.

 

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What if I can’t start by the term start date?

If you are unable to commence by the term start date, you may enrol by the term census date. Your candidature ‘clock’ starts ticking from the term start date. If you enrol after the term start date, you have effectively lost time towards completion of your degree. The later you start, the greater this disadvantage. As required coursework begins at the start of the term, you must consider deferral to the next term if you are unable to commence on-time, as this may affect your ability to complete any coursework.

You cannot enrol after the census date has passed. If you are unable to enrol by the census date, you can request deferral to the following term. Scholarship holders need to check their award conditions to determine whether the scholarship can be deferred, or whether you need to reapply.

 

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What if I have coursework to complete during my first term of study?

If you have been advised that you are required to complete coursework during your first term, you should arrive and enrol by the start of classes for that term. For more information, please contact your Faculty or School.

 

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What is the difference between a start date and a census date?

The start date is the first day of the term. Your candidature ‘clock’ starts ticking from the term start date.

The census date is set by UNSW for each term in accordance with Commonwealth legislation. It is the deadline for the following:

  • Change of study load (full time / part time)

  • Taking program leave

  • Withdrawal from a course without financial or academic penalty

  • Change of Residency status

 

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What is my thesis submission date?

Under the HDR Academic Calendar, the thesis submission date is the Term End Date. You can view your thesis submission date in the Graduate Research Information System (GRIS) once you have enrolled in your program.

 

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