ISSR is committed to providing the highest quality experience for HDR students that foster the development of independent research skills.

ISSR’s research training and professional development initiatives are designed to create a nationally distinctive and internationally recognised Social Science HDR graduate. We believe that we can offer students a program that is informed by an evidence-based understanding of the diverse pathways into the Research Higher Degree, the diverse jobs and employment arrangements graduates subsequently experience, and the HDR experiences and training that most effectively equip graduates for research and employment in these diverse settings.

Overall the ISSR HDR training program provides opportunities for:

  • High level training in key aspects of research methodologies
  • Broad disciplinary training rather than narrow focus on a thesis topic
  • Formal interactions and networking with established researchers
  • Working closely with supervisors and peers in disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research teams
  • Presentation of research findings at national and international conferences
  • Internships and research experience with potential employers
  • Training and experience in transferable research skills such as writing for academic and non-academic audiences, project management, project budgeting, tender and grant preparation
  • Experience engaging with stakeholders and end-users in government, industry and the not-for-profit sector
  • Professional development & targeted training courses