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RES9511 Confirmation of Candidature (H)

Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Graduate Research School
School or Department : Graduate Research School
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 7 December 2022


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MRES or DPHD


This course is part of a supervised research project which provides opportunities for motivated and highly qualified students to undertake Doctoral research and to produce a research-based thesis. Students develop the appropriate research skills and specialist knowledge which will enhance their career prospects or allow them to undertake further studies. The emphasis of the programme is on developing the appropriate knowledge and skills to undertake independent research and professional practice.

Candidates in Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD) will undertake studies on their research project in consultation with their Project Supervisors. The Research Proposal is developed in this course as part of the confirmation of candidature in the DPHD program. Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD) program is normally provisional until the student successfully completes the Confirmation of Candidature process. The following areas will normally be addressed in the Confirmation Proposal:

1. aims and objectives of the research;
2. review of the relevant literature;
3. proposed contribution to the field of research;
4. details of the proposed research methods, including analysis of data;
5. draft research ethics application, if appropriate;
6. milestones and timelines;
7. resources required to complete the research; and
8. an indication of the type of Thesis expected to be submitted (e.g. Standard Thesis, Thesis by Publication, Thesis with Creative Works component).

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2022 External
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2022 External
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 7 December 2022