Complete the HDR Candidate Checklist (PDF) to get started during your first week.

Compulsory sessions

  1. Register to attend the next compulsory HDR Orientation session
  2. Attend a meeting with your enrolling unit’s Postgraduate Administration Officer (PGAO) and arrange for your enrolling unit induction.
  3. Attend Getting Started at UQ session. This is compulsory for all newly arrived international students and strongly recommended for all other students.   This session runs every Friday at 11 am and should be attended in your first week.

Online training and forms

  1. With your postgraduate administration officer, complete the online commencement form so that the Graduate School can process your enrolment. Due to University regulations you cannot complete the commencement form prior to your commencement date.
  2. When you have completed your induction and the online commencement form, the Graduate School’s Candidature team will process your enrolment. Once your enrolment is processed, you will receive an email from the Candidature team containing information on:
    • Your UQ username and password.
    • Checking your student email.  As an enrolled student of The University of Queensland, all official correspondence will be sent to your student email address. Please note that it is a condition of candidature to check your student email account on a regular basis, or set up an automatic redirection. Please familiarise yourself with the UQ policy on email for staff and students.Your student email begins with an 's' followed by numbers. 
    • Maintaining your mySI-net student record.  (It is a legal requirement to have a local address in your mySI-net student record).
    • Getting your Student ID card. You will require a UQ student card for library and other essential services. This card will be available for collection from a Unicard outlet.
  3. Complete the compulsory Fire Safety Training online.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

If you have arranged your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) via UQ, you can apply for your OSHC card after you arrive in Brisbane and have a local address. It is a simple five step process that can be completed online through the Allianz Global Assistance website. Read the How to order your card online (PDF) information sheet.

Important information and policies

  1. Visit HDR Current Students for information on managing your candidature. 
    • We recommend bookmarking this page or making it your homepage. 
  2. Familiarise yourself with your enrolling unit’s website as well as local policies and procedures, along with the HDR section of the my.UQ website, which contains important information about requesting changes to your candidature.
    Familiarise yourself with UQ’s rules and policies regarding Higher Degree by Research candidature.  These documents can be found in the UQ Policy and Procedures Library (PPL). In particular pay attention to:
    • Higher Degree by Research Candidate Policies and Procedures
    • Higher Degree by Research Candidate Charter
  3. Familiarise yourself with your rights and responsibilities as an HDR candidate, including grievance procedures, should you ever need them: