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CDU Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Tara Brabazon
Dean of Graduate Studies: Professor Tara Brabazon

Welcome from the Dean of Graduate Studies

The Dean of Graduate Studies enables the academic framework and trajectory for research education at Charles Darwin University.  The primary goal is to ensure the maintenance of scholarly excellence and intellectual standards at CDU.  This goal requires attention on the life cycle of higher degree students, from admissions to examination, infrastructural development, supervisory education, and expertise-driven dissemination within and beyond CDU.

Tara Brabazon is the Dean of Graduate Studies.  She welcomes conversation and communication.  Please contact her at

For further information about Higher Degree programmes, please contact Tara or the Higher Degree by Research team (

Key contacts

The Higher Degree Research team coordinates and governs CDU Higher Degree Research students' scholarships, enrolments, and progressions while supporting our Higher Degree by Research student cohorts to connect and succeed. 

For any questions regarding CDU Higher Degrees by Research scholarships, admissions, progression, forms for HDR candidates and supervisors, and research skill development, please contact

For correspondence about HDR thesis examinations, please get in touch with

For queries regarding Human Research Ethics and/or Animal Ethics in the Northern Territory, please contact

Information for HDR Students

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Induction and enrolment

Read all information relevant to your first days of research journey with Charles Darwin University!

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Milestones and Annual Reports

Find out more about all of information in relations to HDR confirmation of candidature, the Annual Progress Report, and the CDU Ethics review for HDR research projects, and the Annual/final report or renewal of ethics clearance.

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HDR Forms and Codes

This webpage stores all the forms that HDR supervisors or candidates may need to complete

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Training in research, career, and life skills

Research-based workshops provide skills training for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students. Find out more about research workshops available for HDR students

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Submission and examination

Congratulations, you are almost there! Read all the relevant information about thesis submission and examination, plus ways to stay connected after graduation

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Useful Materials

The Dean of Graduate Studies provides useful materials for HDR students and supervisors

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HDR Internships at CDU

CDU now offer HDR internships across disciplines – now also open to Masters by Research students.
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Research web portal

Our research portfolio has real-world impact, within and beyond our unique location in Northern Australia.

The CDU Research Web portal provides access to CDU's Research Projects and Researchers.

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