Higher Degrees by Research Centre
About the centre
Torrens University Australia’s Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Centre is focused on building a large and vibrant graduate research student cohort. We recognise that this is an essential part of the strong research fabric of the university.
The HDR Centre endeavours to support research at Torrens University and around the world by building the community of HDR students and supporting students through high-quality higher degree research supervision and training.
Higher Degrees by Research courses
The HDR Centre currently offers a Graduate Certificate of Research Studies (2028), Graduate Diploma of Research Studies (2029), Master of Research Studies (2031), Master of Philosophy (2028), Professional Doctorate (2028) and a Doctor of Philosophy (2030).
Graduate Certificate of Research StudiesGain advanced research skills, equipped to support researchers or work in research-related fields.CRICOS 108075FGraduate Diploma of Research StudiesGain advanced research skills, equip yourself to support researchers or work in research-related fields.CRICOS 109130GProfessional Doctorate (Research)Internationally recognised research doctorate that advances original thought in advanced professional practice.CRICOS 108074G
Fields of education
HDR Student recruitment is aligned to the Fields of Education (02 Information Technology, 06 Health, 07 Education, 08 Management and Commerce, 10 Creative Arts, 11 Food Hospitality and Personal Services and 09 Society and Culture) and offers supervision in the Fields of Research at Torrens University Australia (46 Information and Computing Sciences, 32 Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, 42 Health Sciences, 35 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, 33 Built Environment and Design, 44 Human Society).
The vibrant research environment is supported by on-campus HDR training and tutorials, PhD-qualified expert supervisors, an HDR helpdesk, a community of practice, a research seminar series, and world-class facilities, as well as computer, technology and library support on each campus and online.
Higher Degrees by Research values and goals
The HDR centre's values and goals align with Torrens University Australia - Research Strategic Priorities.
- Positive relationships with our students and a quality student experience (TUAG1)
- Positive relationships with our Torrens University team supervisors, stakeholders, and students (TUA G2)
- Progressing students and completions (TUAG3)
- Growing students’ numbers and building community (TUAG3)
- Positive contribution to the Torrens University and research and innovation strategic goals (TUAG3)
- Ethical research conduct and aligned the regulatory environment (TUAG4)
Higher Degrees by Research governance framework
The HDR centre and committee are a subcommittee of the Research Committee which reports to Academic Board and resides in the Research and Innovation office. The Higher Degree Policy framework is guided by the principles of Responsible conduct of research including Human Research Ethics Procedure and Managing and Investigating Breaches of Responsible Research Conduct with a clear application of these principles elaborated in the Higher Degree by Research Policy and Higher Degree by Research Procedure and admission and coursework is also supported by English Language Proficiency Requirements, Academic integrity policy, Student conduct policy, Student complaints policy and Enrolment policy.
The Higher Degree by Research Policy and Procedure, the Higher Degree by Research Supervision Policy and Procedure outline clearly outline the roles, responsibilities and requirements of the HDR courses and the delivery of quality supervision to support students to HDR completion.
The following guide the requirements, timelines, and process for examination for students.
- Higher Degree by Research Student Progress Procedure
- Higher Degree by Research Thesis Submission and Examination Procedure
- Higher Degree by Research Thesis Guidelines
Research training funding application and management is clearly outlined in:
- Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships Policy
- Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships Guidelines
- Research Training Program Scholarships Application Form
This policy framework is supported by a suite of forms and templates.
The HDR centre is committed to the student experience. Students with a grievance can formally and informally can engage with the grievance process found in the student complaints policy.