PhD Confirmation

Our research training program supports first year students to be confirmed as PhD candidates.

All Arts & Social Sciences PhD candidates are required to complete a series of mandatory research courses in the first two months of their program. Completion of these courses is compulsory for PhD confirmation. These online courses can also be supplemented with face-to-face workshops and School or Centre activities.


Compulsory courses

All Arts & Social Sciences PhD candidates are required to complete the following Epigeum courses within 2 months from enrolment:

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

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Recommended workshop

It is also recommended that first year PhD students attend the one day skills workshop.

These workshops are held each semester in April and September.

Please note that you are required to complete the compulsory Epigeum courses listed above prior to attending the skills workshop.

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Additional support

PhD candidates should also attend any workshops or seminars held by the relevant School or Centre, UNSW Researcher Development Unit and UNSW Graduate Research School.