Higher Degree by Research Students

Successfully completing a Higher Degree by Research can be a daunting process.

Unlike undergraduate degrees, the HDR experience requires high levels of self-reliance. This information is provided to help you manage your candidature and complete your HDR on time.


The primary means of communication between HDR students and the School is by email. The School sends emails to your UQ student email account, and it is your responsibility to manage and regularly access your student email account.  

You can contact the School's HDR Liaison Officer, Diana Marsh, at hdr.music@enquire.uq.edu.au.

HDR students in the School have created a Facebook group that you can join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/295523627789538

Managing your Candidature

The Graduate School provides general information on candidature, student support, scholarships, career development support, and other aspects of your HDR candidature.

The Graduate School uses a number of systems to digitise and streamline HDR progression and administration. The HDR systems training hub provides resources for candidates and advisors on how to use these systems.

The School provides office space for HDR students (including a desktop computer) on request, subject to availability of desk space. Please contact the School Manager at musicmanager@uq.edu.au to apply for office space.

The School of Music provides scholarships to support students with their projects, including research support for all confirmed HDR students.

As an HDR student, you may find it necessary to make changes to the nature of your candidature, such as a change in status from full to part time or vice versa, a temporary leave of absence, the addition of course work, and so on. Please consult with your advisors and the School's HDR Director before making any changes.

Milestones and Extensions

HDR milestones are a sequence of School reviews that provide you with opportunities to check in about your research and your progress towards completing your HDR successfully and on time. Milestones provide you with feedback and quality assurance about the work you are doing.

All HDR students at UQ must complete the same milestones, which are implemented differently in every School as appropriate to the kind of research encountered in specific fields of study and disciplines. Please review the School of Music HDR Milestones Policy and Procedures at the beginning of your candidature and as you prepare for each of your milestones.

When you are ready to request attainment of the milestone, please download and complete the School of Music Milestone Review Form. When you and your advisory team have completed and signed that form, please send the form and the evidence supporting your case for attainment to hdr.music@enquire.uq.edu.au for consideration by the School's HDR Director.

HDR Seminars

The School has a weekly Honours seminar series that provides opportunities for HDR students and academic staff to share knowledge in a productive and supportive environment. Giving a presentation to this forum may be part of the evidence you provide for the attainment of a milestone. The series also includes specialist workshops, work-in-progress sessions, Three-Minute Thesis heats, guest lectures, and so on.