Developing an appropriate research plan is integral to your success throughout the course of your PhD.


Please refer to the How to Apply section.

Induction and Orientation

The Graduate Research School holds a Postgraduate Research Student Induction Session three times a year (terms 1, 2 and 3). All new research students are expected to attend this event to ensure a smooth transition to research study at UNSW.  Students will also receive a copy of the UNSW Postgraduate Research Handbook at the induction. This handbook will provide you with comprehensive information about research requirements and candidature at UNSW.

Student ID Card

Each student will be issued with an ID card upon completion of enrolment. This ID card will double up as a library card. Please see the Getting Started website for more information on getting your student ID card. You will also need this card to obtain a zPass from the IT Service Desk in the Library.


All UNSW students are provided with a student email account. In order to activate this account, please refer to the UNSW IT website. Official communication from the University will be sent to this account. Please check your email regularly or arrange to have this forwarded to an account of your choiceIt is your responsibility to ensure that you check this account regularly.


myUNSW is your gateway to the administrative and information services you need throughout your research candidature. You can update your contact details, check your enrolment, pay and view fees, record and view the Thesis Examination Management system among other services.

The Graduate Research School (GRS)

The Graduate Research School is responsible for the administration of all postgraduate research student candidatures at UNSW. Services and assistance provided include: admission, enrolment, scholarships, travel & conference scholarships, variations to candidature, thesis examination, postgraduate events and publications. It is essential that you check out the comprehensive range of resources and information on their website.

Graduate Research Information System (GRIS)

GRIS is the online GRS system where you can lodge variation to candidature requests and access your progress review forms.

Timeline of Milestones

Higher degree research students are expected to follow a timeline of key candidature milestones to ensure timely completion.