When does the coursework component of the degree commence?

The Quantitative Skills Workshop commences in mid February each year.  The three remaining compulsory courses commence in February/March each year, at the beginning of Semester 1 and the three elective courses commence in Semester 2.

What are the coursework requirements of the degree?

All PhD students with 67-100% (i.e. 2/3 or more) of their supervision loading on the School are required to fulfil the following coursework requirements:

  • attend the Quantitative Skills Workshop (QSW)
  • complete three compulsory courses in semester 1: ECON8010 Microeconomics A, ECON8020 Macroeconomics A, and ECON8300 Advanced Applied Econometrics
  • complete three elective courses in semester 2, two of which must be selected from {ECON8030 Microeconomics B, ECON8040 Macroeconomics B, ECON6310 Advanced Econometric Theory, ECON6370 Special Topics in Econometrics}, the remaining one can be any 6000 or 8000 level course
  • PhD students are required to achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5 in all courses and an overall score of 5.67 for the entire year. No supplementary examinations will be offered.
  • MPhil students are required to pass all of the courses.

Students are required to complete the three core courses within the same semester 1 and the elective courses have to be completed in the following semester 2 unless an exemption is granted by the HDR Coordinator. The choice of elective courses has to be approved by the principal advisors and the HDR Coordinator. The advisors can require their students to take extra courses in addition to the standard components.

What are the candidature progression and milestone procedures?

PhD and MPhil students are admitted to study on a provisional basis. The progress and potential of HDR students are assessed at the ‘confirmation milestone’ (usually between 12 to 18  months after commencement for PhD students and 8 months after commencement for MPhil students). This involves four elements, in addition to meeting the required grades on the coursework units:

  • Presenting a written document
  • Receiving written feedback on their work so far
  • Presenting a seminar to the School
  • Being interviewed by the confirmation committee.

After this assessment a recommendation is made to the Dean of the Graduate School.  For both PhD and MPhil, successful confirmation means that the student’s project is seen to be viable and capable of being completed within the relevant timeframe.

The student has two further milestones before the thesis is finally submitted:

  • ‘the mid-candidature review milestone’, where the student provides evidence of the actual progress of the project compared with the plan proposed at confirmation;
  • ‘the thesis review milestone’, where the student presents a seminar based on a completed draft of the thesis and receives feedback and suggested improvements that might be made before it is submitted.

At these three milestones the student can obtain feedback and suggestions from members of the School other than their own advisory team. Further information about the HDR candidature progression and milestones procedures.

What are the ethical clearance requirements for research?

New HDR students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the University Research Ethics Policy: