Resources for current HDR students

Preparing to submit your Thesis

Formatting?  Spacing?  Margins? Binding?

How many copies?  Confidential parts?  Restricted access?

How to notify my intention to submit?  What happens on my submission day? ... and many other questions are answered in this Guideline on Thesis Submission & Examination (PDF 84KB)

PhD by Publication or Compilation

If you are thinking about submitting your thesis by Publication/Compilation you may be interested to read the following article:

A PhD by Publication or how I got my doctorate and kept my Sanity

Also the updated guidelines are now available on the ANU policies site.  

If you intend on submitting your thesis by Publication/Compilation you will need to seek approval early on in your candidature, ideally at the point of your first Annual Plan and Report, or at least 12 months before submission. The current CASS procedure for approval is as follows:

1) Student emails the Chair of Panel requesting approval to submit by Compilation and includes a plan for the publications and supporting papers (the equivalent of a thesis outline).

2) The Chair of Panel then emails the Head of School or Director of Centre endorsing the request and adding any additional comments (as required).

3) The Head of School/Director of Centre then endorses the request by emailing

4) The Delegated Authority (Associate Dean (Research Training)) assesses the application. 

5)  If approved, the student and Chair is advised, a comment is added on the Student System and the paperwork is sent to the student's official file. If there are issues the student and/or School/Centre is contacted to provide additional information .

Online Milestones

Online Milestones has now been implemented across the University. All CASS HDR Students must complete their milestones utilising the online Milestones functionality on ISIS. Hardcopy milestone forms will no longer be accepted or processed.

The system works by providing you with a RTF editable template document that must be downloaded, completed, saved, and then uploaded back into ISIS. You will then be able to submit your completed milestones form to your Chair of Panel (who will receive an email notifying them when this is done).

The system will record your ID and a date/time stamp, so there is no need to physically sign the document, which means that the entire process can be kept online.

 A step by step guide for students is available here: Online Student Milestone Report Submission User Guide  (PDF 725KB).

A FAQ's on HDR Milestones is now available please read this handy guide before you start your milestone.

NUS Exchange Program

The College of Arts & Social Sciences (CASS)  has a Higher Degree Research (HDR) student exchange agreement with the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Further information on this new Exchange program.

2014 CASS HDR Student Guide

The 2014 HDR Student Guide (PDF 1.72MB) has been developed to provide CASS students with useful College specific information to ensure that they have all the information they require about their HDR program and to help them maximize their experience as a research student in the College of Arts & Social Sciences at the ANU.

This guide should be read in conjunction with the ANU Higher Degree Research Guide (“The Blue Book”). Students may also receive a discipline/school specific guide from their CASS Graduate Convenor.

Research Integrity Training Online

Research Integrity Training is compulsory for all ANU research students who commenced in 2009 or later. A new online training module will be released shortly later in April 2014. Students are advised to wait until the new module is released instead of completing the current module which is available at the following link:  Online Research Integrity Training.

Students who have previously attended one of the face-to-face 'Responsible Research Culture at ANU' workshops delivered by Dr Simon Bain are not required to complete the online Research Integrity Training.

Please direct any queries to the Student Office.

Forms for HDR students

Forms for HDR students can be found on the Forms for Higher Degree Research Students - PhD and MPhil Students page.

Research support for HDR students

Guidelines for Extension of Research Program 

Before submitting an Application for Extension of Research Program (see the forms page), please consider the CASS instructions for extension.

Please also view the following Program Extension Instructions for Students Flow Charts to help you with your application.

Flow Chart 1 (PDF 211KB) - For students applying for their first extension of program.

Flow Chart 2 (PDF 213 KB) - For students applying for their second or subsequent program extension (up to 5 years full-time or equivalent).

Flow Chart 3 (PDF 195 KB) - For students who have been enrolled for 5 or more years full-time or equivalent.

Academic staff profiles

Academic staff profiles for all ANU academics can be found on the ANU Researchers site, a useful resource for building your supervisory panel.

Professional development

Develop your potential professionally with a range of training, events and resources available through the Research Student Development Centre (RSDC).

ANU Research office

The ANU Research Office assists research students with responsible research practice and ethics clearance.

Programs & Courses entries for College of Arts & Social Sciences HDR Coursework Program:

Updated:  5 April 2018/Responsible Officer:  CASS Marketing & Communications/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications