Welcome to UQ! Here's what you need to do to get started:

Compulsory tasks

Online training and forms

  • 1. With your HDR liaison 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 before your commencement date.
  • 2. When you have completed your induction and the online commencement form, the Graduate School will process your enrolment. When you receive your commencement email, it is important to:
    • Check your student email: All official correspondence will be sent to your student email address. It is a condition of candidature to check your student email account on a regular basis, or set up mail forwarding. Please familiarise yourself with the UQ policy on email for staff and students. Your student email details were sent to the email address provided in the Online Application System when you accepted your offer. If you need help accessing your student email, please contact AskUs

    • Maintain your mySI-net student record: It is a legal requirement to have a local address in your mySI-net student record.

    • Collect your student ID card: You will require a UQ student card for library and other essential services. Collect your card from St Lucia, Gatton or Herston campus.
  • 3. Complete the compulsory Fire Safety Training online and check which other OHS training modules you need to complete. Familiarise yourself with safety network staff for your area. 

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 the HDR section of my.UQ 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.
  • 3. 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 Candidature Charter
  • 4. Familiarise yourself with your rights and responsibilities as an HDR candidate, including grievance procedures, should you ever need them: