Skill Spotlight: Candidature Management


Welcome to this week’s HDR Development Bulletin.

This week we are exploring the topic ‘thesis submission and examination’ as part of the skill candidature management. This topic is linked here on the REST FLO site.

Every HDR student at Flinders University is required to complete a research thesis as part of their candidature. Depending on the type and length of your program, the word limits and content will vary slightly. Are you familiar with the expectations for your program?

If you want to check that you are, here are some links to the policies and procedures that guide your Flinders HDR program:

Even if you are only just beginning your program, it is a good idea to set yourself up for success by getting an understanding of what you are expected to create and how your examiners will judge your thesis as early as possible. You can find detailed information on the thesis preparation, submission and examination process, including links to relevant forms and processes on the HDR Examination and Completions website

HDR students are also welcome to attend next month’s HDR Completions Workshop to get information about the thesis submission and examination process, and to workshop strategies to get you through the last six months of candidature.


Other useful resources

There are also a number of useful Epigeum online courses available for both students and supervisors that can be completed. Information below.


For Students: Epigeum Research Skills Toolkit – Delivering your Research Project

This online module helps students to:

  • Identify methods for reflective practice and record-keeping during a project
  • Evaluate what should happen at the completion of a project
  • Plan how to complete your thesis or dissertation and navigate the closing stages of your project whilst maintaining your well-being.

 For detailed instructions on how to create an account with Epigeum (if you have not already done so), please refer here for students.


For Supervisors: Module 9: Preparing for Completion and Examination

 This online module, which is part of the HDR Supervisor Development Program, helps HDR supervisors to:

  • Identify your institutional regulations and disciplinary norms regarding submission of the doctoral output
  • Advise candidates on strategies for effectively completing and submitting their output for examination
  • Explain the assessment process
  • Identify examiners for candidates, taking into account the research
  • Support candidates in the periods prior to and following examination, particularly in completing revisions.

If you have any questions about the thesis examination process, you can get in touch with our HDR Examinations team at

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