Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Epigeum online courses compulsory for me?

If you are a PhD candidate in Arts & Social Sciences, and you commenced in or after Semester 1, 2015, then yes, there are three compulsory online Epigeum courses you must complete. These are:

  • Working with your supervisor
  • Research methods in literature review
  • Project management in the research context

All other online Epigeum courses are optional for you.

For all other students, all online Epigeum courses are optional. You can view the full list of Epigeum courses here.

When must I complete the online courses?

PhD candidates who must complete the compulsory core courses, are required to do so before they are due for confirmation of their degree. This must be within the first year of full-time equivalent enrolment.

Some of the online Epigeum courses are complemented by a series of four workshops. If you wish to attend the workshop series, you must complete the complementary course(s) before you register.

All other courses can be completed at any time throughout your candidature. We recommend you complete all the Epigeum online courses in the early stages of your candidature

How do I access the Epigeum online courses?

The online Epigeum courses are available to UNSW research candidates via Moodle, UNSW's open-source learning management system.

You will need to log in to Moodle, then follow the instructions in the below guide to self-enrol in the online Epigeum courses.

Guide to accessing the online Epigeum courses in Moodle (PDF) [3 Mb]

How do I register for a workshop?

To register for one of the three workshop series* offered in Semester 1, 2017, you firstly must ensure that you have completed the complementary online Epigeum course(s). You can then register for the workshop series by following the relevant links on the workshops page.

The Faculty Research Office will then confirm that you have completed the required course(s) before confirming your registration.

*Please note workshop series is most relevant for PhD students who are in the second semester and above of candidature. Priority registration will be given to these candidates.

Which courses/workshops should be of priority for me?

Commencing PhD Candidates (from Semester 1, 2015)

Commencing PhD candidates must complete the three core online courses, so these should be your priority:

  • Working with your supervisor
  • Research methods in literature review
  • Project management in the research context

Additionally, it is highly recommended that commencing PhD students attend the year one skills workshop.

Commencing Masters by Research/Master of Philosophy students (from Semester1, 2015)

It is highly recommended that students commencing a Masters by Research or Master of Philosophy degree,  attend the year one skills workshop. You may then like to consult with your supervisor about the most relevant online courses and workshops for your needs.

You are encouraged to complete as many of the online Epigeum courses, as you would like. 

Please note, that if you apply to transfer to the PhD after your first year of study, you will be required to have completed the core courses, which are compulsory for PhD confirmation.

All other candidates

PhD candidates in the second semester of candidature should consider enrolling in the methodology/ methods workshop.

All other candidates may like to consult with their supervisor regarding which courses and workshops would be best suited to you, in your current stage of candidature.

All candidates are encouraged to complete all the online courses throughout their candidature

What is required in order to successfully complete each online Epigeum course?

Each online Epigeum course has 5 components, all of which must be completed. Your progress will be checked off as you go.

  • You will be required to take a pre-knowledge quiz, which is not connected to your final result for the course. 
  • You will then need to begin covering the course content in full.
  • Once you have covered all the course content, you will take a post-knowledge quiz, to gauge whether your knowledge has improved after engaging with the course content.
  • To pass the course, you will then be required to complete the end of course quiz, and achieve a passing grade of 75%.
  • Finally, you will be asked to complete the course evaluation.

You can find more information about each of these steps in the guide to accessing online Epigeum courses in Moodle (PDF) [3 Mb]

What happens if I do not pass the Epigeum course on the first attempt?

To pass each Epigeum course, you will be required to achieve a minimum grade of 75% on the end of course quiz.

If you do not pass the online course on your first attempt, you will be able to re-attempt the end of course quiz. It is recommended that you review the course content before each attempt. You can attempt the end of course quiz as many times as required. 

Where will my results be recorded?

Your results will be recorded in Moodle directly, and they will be available for you to view any time. 

The Faculty Research Office will have access to your results for the purposes of confirming registrations in workshops, and for confirming course completion prior to PhD student confirmation. 

PhD students are required to record their completion of the three compulsory core courses, on their confirmation review form. Further instructions for recording this are below.

All students are responsible for recording any online Epigeum courses they have completed, on their annual progress review, following the process outlined below. 

How do I record my completion of the online Epigeum courses on my Progress Review form?

In order to correctly record your completion of the compulsory core courses on your Confirmation/Progress review form, you must follow these steps:

  1. In your progress review form, select Tab 'B. Research'
  2. Go to Question B8. (i): Have you completed any coursework required for the degree or courses related to the degree?
  3. Select ‘Yes’
  4. List the Online Epigeum courses you have completed. You may list the compulsory and non-compulsory courses here. The compulsory core courses are:
    • Working with your supervisor
    • Research methods in literature review
    • Project management in the research context

Who do I contact if I need technical support?

For support with Moodle, please refer to the Moodle help page.

If further technical assistance with Moodle is required, please contact the UNSW IT Service Centre at:


Internal to UNSW: x51333
Within Australia: (02) 9385 1333
International: +612 9385 1333

Who do I contact for all other questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact the Faculty Research Support Manager (HDR):

Angela Bradburn
Phone: +61 (2) 9385 0616