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. 

 

2021 Academic Calendar

Term

New Enrolments Commence

Term Start Date

Term Census Date

Term End Date

Summer Term

2 November 2020

14 December 2020

17 January 2021

14 February 2021

Term 1

4 January 2021

15 February 2021

14 March 2021

30 May 2021

Term 2

19 April 2021

31 May 2021

27 June 2021

12 September 2021

Term 3

2 August 2021

13 September 2021

10 October 2021

12 December 2021

 

2022 Academic Calendar

Term

New Enrolments Commence

Term Start Date

Term Census Date

Term End Date

Summer Term

1 November 2021

13 December 2021

16 January 2022

13 February 2022

Term 1

3 January 2022

14 February 2022

13 March 2022

29 May 2022

Term 2

18 April 2022

30 May 2022

26 June 2022

11 September 2022

Term 3

1 August 2022

12 September 2022

9 October 2022

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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