HDR Counselling Resources

These resources are designed to help you navigate your way through your higher degree research program. They have been produced by the Graduate Research School in partnership with HDR candidates and Psychology and Wellness at UNSW.

Tips and strategies

HDR candidates share their tips and strategies for making the most of the HDR experience [Duration 3:17]


HDR Candidate/Supervisor relationship

The HDR Candidate-Supervisor relationship is arguably the most crucial relationship while undertaking an HDR Degree. Hear from past candidates and staff on how to approach and manage this relationship. [Duration 2:13]


Common challenges

Undertaking an HDR degree can be a challenging yet fulfilling experience. Hear from past students and staff members about the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. [Duration 2:48]


Resources and where to go for more help

Procrastination modules by the Centre for Clinical interventions. See the Procrastination module in Mind Smart as well.

Beyond Blue, excellent starting place to help identify challenges. Follow up with an appointment with a Candidature management officer or a Counsellor at UNSW

Mind Spot: online support with a therapist 

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Support for international students

Self reflection space

Taking charge and reflecting on your HDR experience is the first step in solving any problems or challenges. 

If you need help contact the GRS Candidature Management Officer for your Faculty or make a free confidential appointment with the UNSW Counselling staff.

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