About Graduate Research

Graduate Research is the university team responsible for the administration of higher degree by research (HDR) candidature, from application to thesis examination.

Almost 2000 students are currently undertaking a Higher Degree by Research at the University of Newcastle. For each student, we are here to:

  • Offer research training advice, workshops and seminars
  • Assist in understanding the University’s rules, policies and procedures.
  • Oversee the confirmation process
  • Review progress reports with a neutral view
  • Communicate new opportunities, changes to legislation that impact your candidature and general HDR related information
  • Manage changes to candidature and associated scholarship funding
  • Manage the thesis submission and examination processes
  • Develop and implement strategic initiatives

To find out more about these services, please see our Current Students pages.

For future students, we aim to make the application process as smooth as possible and to answer any query you may have along the way.

Please be advised that the HDR FAQs have been developed to answer common queries from future and current students.


You can contact us by email, telephone or by post.

E: graduate-research@newcastle.edu.au
T: +61 2 4921 6537

Mailing address:

Graduate Research
NIER Block C Room G30
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan, NSW, 2308

Visit us

Graduate Research welcomes visitors to our office for discussions regarding all aspects of the Higher Degree by Research journey. You can also meet with one of our Student Peer Advisors to discuss a range of topics related to your candidature. Please note that appointments are essential for face to face meetings. Appointments can be made through the following link: Graduate Research Appointment. Please check in at NIER A Reception for your appointment

Graduate Research is located in the NIER precinct of the Shortland Campus. Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER). NIER is located at 70 Vale Street, Shortland (between the Callaghan Campus and the Shortland Waters Golf Club), or type 'NIER' into the University Callaghan Interactive Campus Map.

HDR Matters Newsletter

The HDR Matters e-newsletter is produced periodically to provide Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students, supervisors and administrators with important news and updates.

This includes details of upcoming events and opportunities for HDR students and supervisors, information on any changes to policies or procedures that affect HDR candidature, and tips and general information for students and supervisors.

Please take the time to read the e-newsletter and share the information with others.

If there is anything that you would like to be included in a subsequent edition of ‘HDR Matters’ please email Research Training.

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Your Principal Supervisor is your key contact throughout your degree. They will provide guidance on all aspects of your research, including on resolving any issues that may impede your progress.

However, you are welcome to discuss any of your concerns with staff at Graduate Research, your Head of School, HDR Coordinator or Assistant Dean Research Training at any time. Should we not be able to resolve your concerns you may access the University complaints process.

A student complaint may flow from any aspect of a student's educational experience at the University which is considered unfair, unjust or unreasonable.


If you are in an emergency, you should call the police or ambulance service on 000.

If you need to speak to someone urgently outside of business hours, the University provides an after-hours crisis support phone line between 5pm to 9am weekdays, and 24 hours over the weekends and public holidays.

This service is operated by a team of qualified crisis support specialists who can support you to find relief from current distress, explore coping strategies, and safely manage any immediate threats to life or safety. The service offers immediate and short-term crisis support only, not an ongoing counselling relationship, therapy or treatment.

To access the University's out-of-hour crisis support line:

  • Call 1300 653 007
  • Text 0488 884 165 for SMS chat option

If you need to speak to someone within business hours, you can contact the University's Counselling team on 4921 6622.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.