Graduate research development - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate research development

USC's Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) supports HDR students to achieve the Graduate Attributes of their HDR program.

Core competencies

The program is built around a development framework, consisting of four core competencies. These guide HDR candidates to successfully meet the requirements of their degree, complete their research project and graduate job ready.


  • Establish yourself as a HDR candidate
  • Understanding the degree requirements
  • Navigate USC as a HDR student
  • Manage your candidature
  • Hone your academic writing skills


  • Integrity and ethics
  • eResearch and data management
  • Research design
  • Statistics
  • Digital competency
  • Financial management

Transferable skills

  • Communication and collaboration
  • Authorship
  • IP management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Manage your wellbeing


  • Career planning
  • Exploring career paths
  • Promoting career potential

Development program

A comprehensive development program is delivered by a range of providers, with development activities, resources, and access to appointments with USC staff.

Development activities are delivered in-house through face-to-face sessions and via online providers such as Epigeum and e-Grad School.