Research Students

Thesis Writing Workshop

The School provides a year-long research workshop for students in the first year of their candidature, which serves as an induction to the degree. This is a practical workshop, which focuses on two aspects of research training: academic research and writing skills; and professional development. The workshops cover crucial topics such as methodology, literature reviews and thesis structure, and are based on students' own research projects, which means they get regular feedback on their thesis beyond that offered by their supervisors. The workshops are also designed to help students develop skills in areas such as writing conference abstracts and delivering conference papers, publishing journal articles, teaching preparation, and applying for research funding and academic positions.

Annual Postgraduate Symposium

Each year the School hosts an academic conference organised by postgraduate students. This conference attracts papers from research students within Sydney and across Australia, and in the past has led to publication of conference papers. Click here for more information.

Staff/Student Seminar Series

Each semester the School runs a seminar series, which includes papers from academics within the School, and occasionally from visiting scholars. Postgraduates are encouraged to attend these seminars and offer papers themselves. Click here for more information.

Regular social events

The School is committed to fostering a collegial atmosphere amongst postgraduate students and between students and staff. At the start of each year we hold a Postgraduate Student Induction and Welcome where all new students have the chance to meet staff and continuing students. Throughout the academic year we host a range of other events where postgraduate students can interact in an informal environment with each other and with the postgraduate coordinator and other members of staff.

For more information, contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinator at