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A higher degree by research (HDR) is a program at Master’s or Doctoral level in which at least two-thirds of the study program involves research. Although some coursework may be required to be completed, a higher degree by research generally does not follow a structure of lectures, tutorials, assessment items and examinations. Instead, the main part of a research degree is in the form of a thesis written under the guidance of a supervisor and other thesis committee members. Different Schools may require some coursework units to be completed.

Higher Degree by Research students form a close relationship with their supervisor and research projects can last several years.

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There are three types of research degrees that you can study in the Faculty of Business and Law, depending on your academic and professional background.

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Search for a Supervisor

After you have chosen your research degree and are preparing your higher degree by research application, it’s a good idea to find your supervisor. Your supervisor will be the person who you work with most closely during your research.

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NCSEHE HDR scholarship - applications now open

The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) is a research centre that provides national leadership in student equity in higher education, connecting research, policy and practice to improve higher education participation and success for marginalised and disadvantaged people.

Applications for the NCSEHE Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholarship are open until 10 July 2020.

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