In approving an offer of a place to a HDR course, the University commits to provide HDR candidates with a quality research education and training experience for the duration of their candidature.
An offer for a place will be made by an Admissions Officer only when the availability of appropriate supervision and adequate resources to support the proposed research exists, as confirmed by the Faculty Executive Dean.
Admission to an HDR course requires prior completion of an Award in a suitable area of study deemed to provide an appropriate volume of learning to be used as a pathway to research training at the University, and assessed as equivalent to a degree awarded by an Australian university.
Applicants are expected to be proficient in English expression and comprehension and must meet the HDR English language requirements of the University to be eligible for admission or complete an approved pathway program as detailed in the Higher Degree by Research Admission Procedure.
Applicants who wish to undertake part or all of the course offshore (outside of Australia) or off-campus (remote) are subject to the admission requirements outlined in this Policy and must follow the requirements detailed in the Higher Degree by Research Admission Procedure.
Applicants Transferring from Other Institutions
HDR candidates who have commenced an HDR course at another Australian institution and apply to transfer their research to the University must meet the admission requirements detailed in this Policy and provide evidence of progress made to date at their previous institution, as outlined in the Higher Degree by Research Admission Procedure.
Offers of Admission
Once the admission requirements are deemed to have been met, an offer of admission can be made by an Admissions Officer.
An Admissions Officer may refuse to admit an applicant to the course or withdraw an offer if they are not satisfied that the requirements for admission have been met, or on the discovery of false or misleading information, by the applicant in relation to their application.
An offer of admission may be deferred for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months from the course commencement date on the letter of offer.
Readmission following discontinuation
A candidate who has discontinued from a HDR course (either voluntarily or institution imposed) may apply for admission in accordance with the University policy and procedure applicable at the time of application.
A candidate who has been excluded from the University must not be admitted to a course of study for a period of five years.
An applicant who wishes to appeal an admission decision may submit a request in writing to the Admissions Review Officer (to firstname.lastname@example.org) within 60 days of receiving a notification regarding admission from the University.
If an application for appeal has been reviewed and rejected by the Admissions Review Officer no further appeal can be made within the University.
Where the approving authority is unavailable to make an academic or administrative decision as required by this Policy, or it is not appropriate to do so (e.g. conflict of interest), authority may only be exercised by a person appointed to the position on a temporary basis (acting) or a delegate with management responsibility for the functions of the position.
Admit an applicant to a course or withdraw an offer.
Admissions Review Officer
Review a decision to admit an applicant to a course or withdraw an offer.
University Admissions Committee
Recommend to Academic Board an amendment to the University’s admission requirements.
Approve amendments to the University’s admission requirements.
Dean Graduate Research
Approve a case for English language equivalency.
Review an appeal against an admissions decision.
Faculty Executive Dean
Confirm the existence of appropriate supervision and adequate resources to support admission of an HDR candidate.
Means a University officer appointed by Academic Board, under the University of Canberra Admission Rules 2017, to receive applications for admission and admit applicants to a course who have met all requirements for admission.