Research students

Thinking about graduate research study?

Contact the Graduate Research School

Associate Dean Research

Professor Peter Kelly
Phone+61 2 4239 2382

HDR Student Representative

Andrea Knezevic

Need a supervisor?

The Arts, English and Media
Dr Michael Griffiths (acting)
Dr Margaret Hamilton

Associate Professor Steven Howard and Dr Rachel Jones

Geography & Sus­tain­able Com­munit­ies
Dr Thomas Birtchnell

Health & Society
Associate Professor Lyn Phillipson and Associate Professor Lynne Keevers

Humanities and Social Inquiry
Dr Alison Moore 

Liberal Arts
Dr Talia Morag 

Associate Professor Steven Palmisano

HDR Resources

The Research Hub is a collaborative research space for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students, early career researchers and research leaders in the Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

The space houses over 40 current students and visiting scholars, as well as full-time researchers, Australian Research Council project researchers, ARC Future Fellows, and will lead host some of Australia’s major research projects in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Research Hub is located in building 19, level 2, room 2072.


Application: HDR Study Room – TAEM Students Only - Bld 40 - (pdf)

Application: HDR Studio Space – TAEM Students Only - Bld 40 - (pdf)


Entry into Higher Degree Research (HDR) courses is determined by assessment of an application and research proposal by our academic staff. Applicants in the School of the Arts, English and Media are required to provide additional supporting documentation as outlined below. Selected applicants may also be required to take part in an interview (via telephone or skype if necessary).


HDR admission information, including the application process and research proposal guidelines is available via the Graduate Research School.

To apply, complete and submit your online application for Higher Degree Research.

While the Graduate Research School advises applicants to contact the relevant Head of Postgraduate Studies and/or academic unit to identify a potential supervisor, in the School of the Arts, English and Media you may be allocated a supervisor following assessment and/or interview.

Additional supporting documentation

In addition to the requirements in the online application form, applicants for the Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA)Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) also need to submit the following:

  • Research Proposal

Applicants who intend to undertake creative practice research should make sure that their research proposal includes consideration of creative practice in both methodology and outcomes. The proposal should include a consideration of the feasibility and logistics of the project and any resource implications.

  • Portfolio

Applicants who intend to undertake creative practice research should include a digital portfolio and/or documentation as best suits the applicant’s specialised area of artistic practice. This may include a portfolio outlining significant creative achievements including audio-visual documentation as appropriate. The portfolio must be uploaded with your online application. Alternately, a link to a website containing images, creative work, media experience, or samples may be provided.

If it is necessary to send any material by separate email, please send it to Hard copy supporting material will not be accepted.

  • Curriculum vitae

Listing professional experience, exhibitions, performances, publications, prizes, awards, research history and employment experience.

Education student research activity funding

HDR funding will support students to conduct their own quality research, foster timely completion and enhance dissemination activity by School of Education HDR students. Below is information and links to guidelines and processes for accessing research funding in the School of Education.

Request for HDR funding

The steps for submission and approval of HDR funding:

  1. HDR student to meet with Supervisor to discuss request.
  2. Complete HDR Expenditure Request form. Supervisor must sign form.
  3. Submit form to the Head of Postgraduate Studies via email.
  4. Head of Postgraduate Studies will review the application.
  5. Applications approved by the Head of Postgraduate Studies will be reviewed at the School of Education level.
  6. HDR student will be advised of outcome.

Please note: No funds will be reimbursed until approval has been confirmed.

General travel procedures

If you are travelling on UOW business you must complete a UOW Student Travel Request Form. It is University policy that all UOW travel must be booked through Campus Travel.

Once that form is completed, your supervisor must sign it and return to the Education Office via email to

The School Office will submit your travel forms to Campus Travel, where it will be priced and booked.

You will receive a confirmation of your travel booking/itinerary via email.

If you require reimbursement resulting from travel, please use the instructions above for funds reimbursement. (Please ask your supervisor or the School office for more information.)

NOTE: If UOW is not paying for the travel, you do not have to book through Campus Travel.

Induction programs

The School of Education holds induction programs for new research students at least once a year. Since research students begin their work at different times during their year, however, it is the responsibility of supervisors to discuss the student’s and supervisors’ rights and responsibilities as detailed in the Code of Practice: Supervision (PDF). At the beginning of enrolment supervisors should also acquaint students with the Resources and Facilities provided by the School and the specific expectations of enrolment in a research degree in Education.

If you would like to apply for PhD studies in the School of Health and Society, please complete and return the expression of interest form.

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