FAQ

Yes, students enrolled in RegNet’s PhD program are required to take 18 units of formal coursework. In semester 1, students complete Regulation and Governance (ASIA9052), which is offered in March, and Governance and Social Theory (ASIA9053), which is offered in April and May. In semester 2, students complete Qualitative Methods in Regulation and Governance (ASIA9076), which is offered in July and August (though students doing quantitative projects can take specialised training courses). In addition, students participate in a suite of mixed-methods training provided through the Research Methods Laboratory. They may also undertake other coursework if their supervisor considers it necessary. Attendance at masterclasses and weekly research seminars is also compulsory.

ANU doctoral students are supervised by a supervisory panel, rather than one single supervisor. The Chair of the Panel assumes primary responsibility for your supervision, and acts as the convener of your supervisory panel. Other members of your panel may be appointed as supervisors or advisors.

Most panels have at least one primary supervisor and two supervisors. If you are applying to the RegNet program, the Chair of your Panel will be a member of the RegNet staff. However, your supervisors can be from other departments in the ANU or from outside the University.

International students are required to have a valid visa at all times. Applying for a visa can be a long process, so please take a look at the information on visas on the ANU website as early as possible.

There are a number of childcare providers on university campus. However, due to the high demand in Canberra and particularly at the university childcare centres, if you need childcare during your studies it is best to put your child on a wait list as soon as possible. There are three childcare services on university campus:

The cost of living in Canberra is quite high relative to other cities in many other countries. There is information on cost of living available on the ANU website which will give you an idea of the cost of everyday items, and housing rental costs in particular.

Please see the Housing Online website (a free service to help ANU staff and students find rental accommodation)

In special circumstances, part-time students that live in Australia, but outside of the ACT, will be accepted into the program. However, they will be expected to spend a certain amount of time on campus over the course of their candidature.

Full-time students are expected to be on campus 40 hours per week except when traveling for fieldwork or conference attendance.

Year Tasks
Year 1
Commencement Enrolment & appointment of provisional supervisor
Within 1 month Confirmation of supervisory panel chair
Within 3 months Confirmation of supervisory panel membership
Within 6 months Submit 1st annual plan
Within 12 months Complete thesis proposal review (including 30 minute presentation); submit 1st research progress report and updated research plan (in consultation with supervisory panel and approved at a meeting of the full panel); complete research integrity training; obtain ethics approval.
Year 2
Within 18 months Complete mid-term review presentation (1 hour)
Within 24 months Complete fieldwork
By 30 Sept Submit 2nd research progress report and annual plan (after panel meeting)
Year 3
By 30 Sept Submit 3rd research progress report and annual plan (after panel meeting)
3 months prior to submission Final oral presentation (1 hour)
2 months prior to submission Notification of intention to submit

See the Higher Degree Research Guide for more details

ANU doctoral students are supervised by a supervisory panel, rather than one single supervisor. The Chair of the Panel assumes primary responsibility for your supervision, and acts as the convener of your supervisory panel. Other members of your panel may be appointed as supervisors or advisors.

Most panels have at least one supervisor and two advisors. If you are applying to the RegNet program, the Chair of your Panel will be a member of the RegNet staff. However, your advisors can be from other departments in the ANU or from outside the University.

ANU graduate research fields bring together graduate students and staff that have common research interests but who may be located in different academic areas. Applications for the RegNet PhD program can be made in any of the following graduate research fields: Asia and the Pacific; economics; environment; gender studies; geographical studies; history; Indigenous culture; law; politics and international relations; public policy; and sociology.

It is important to have the right research field recorded because your qualification will be a Doctor of Philosophy (or Master of Philosophy) in the graduate research field. The Head of Postgraduate Programs and your prospective supervisor will advise you on which graduate research field you should declare.

To be considered for the PhD or MPhil program, prospective students must submit a 5-10 page thesis proposal for review. Proposals should include the following:

Title

A precise and informative description of the project. Avoid acronyms and phrases such as “A study of …”

Abstract

A summary of the proposed research (approx 300 words) that includes the key research question or hypothesis, the rationale for the research, and the method to be employed in the study.

Aims & significance

A clearly focused statement of the overall purpose of the proposed research (ie, why is it important?).

Research questions &/or hypotheses

The questions that the proposed research will address and/or the hypotheses that will be tested.

Literature review

A preliminary review of the key research that has already been carried out in the field and identification of the gaps in the literature that the proposed research aims to fill.

Methodology

An explanation of what type of data will be required to answer the research questions or test the hypotheses and how the data will be collected and analysed.

Timetable

An indication of how the research will be carried out over the duration of a full-time (3 years for PhD, 2 years for MPhil) or part-time (6 years for PhD, 4 years for MPhil) candidature.

Resources

An indication of the funding that will be required over the course of the candidature (eg, for fieldwork) as well any special materials or training that may be necessary for the successful completion of the project.

Institutional fit

A statement on why RegNet is an appropriate ‘home’ for the project and an indication of potential supervisors/advisors.

Bibliography

A list of references cited in or relevant to the proposal. General tips on proposal writing.

Yes, all international students are required to purchase overseas health cover (OSHC) in order to obtain a visa. Price of OSHC can vary greatly by providers, so it is worth doing your homework to find the cover that suits you. Compare OSHC benefits and costs at OSHC Australia.

Updated:  12 February 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet