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Graduate research development

USC's Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) supports graduate research candidates to the graduate attributes of their higher degree by research program.

The Graduate Research Development Program is delivered by a range of providers, with development activities, resources, and access to appointments with UniSC staff.

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

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 UniSC as a HDR student
  • Manage your candidature
  • Hone your academic writing skills


  • Becoming a researcher
  • 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