Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management

Research students

Research students need to manage their candidature, research proposal and annual review of progress.

  1. Candidature
  2. Research Proposal
  3. Annual review of progress


At the end of your first year of candidature, you will need to submit a confirmation of candidature form along with your annual progress report.

PhD candidates are enrolled provisionally for the first year. Continued enrolment after one year (full time) will be conditional upon their having completed agreed designated tasks.

These tasks will be developed by the candidate in consultation with your supervisors, and require agreement also from the Centre (i.e. Graduate Research Coordinator). The list of agreed tasks is set out as part of the Research Proposal submitted within 6 months of commencement, for approval by the Graduate Research School.

The Graduate Research School provides more information about candidature, including enrolment, suspension, leave and confirmation of candidature.

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Research Proposal

Your proposal is due within six months of enrolment.

The Centre has a process for reviewing research proposals to ensure students undertake quality research projects that can be completed within the constraints of funds and time.

Your proposal should be ready for Centre to review at least one month prior to the due date.

In preparing your proposal, follow these steps:

Write your proposal using the Guidelines for Preparing Research Proposals and research proposal format available from the Graduate Research School. As part of the proposal you and your supervisor will need to identify milestones for candidature.

Submit your proposal to your supervisor/s. Each supervisor will need to complete a review of research proposals form.

Meet with your supervisor and panel members to discuss your proposal.

This is a good time to ensure you have a postgraduate profile set up. The Centre will not sign off on your proposal until this is done.

When your proposal is finalised, following any revision suggested by your review panel, submit your proposal and the panel review forms to the Contact W/Prof Steve Hopper, Graduate Research Coordinator, phone +61 (8) 9842 0842 or email.

The Coordinator will then submit the proposal to the Graduate Research School where the proposal will be reviewed by a member of the Board.

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Annual Review of Progress - Annual Report

The purpose of the Annual Report is for students and their supervisors to clearly identify progress made in the past year, identify any impediments, and to plan for completion of the degree.

The intention of the Annual Review of Progress is to ensure that problems are identified within the Centre before they get out of hand.

More details about submitting your proposal and the review process are available from the Graduate Research School.

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