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Resources and development

The development framework for HDR students consists of three key steps:

  1. Explore potential career pathways and determine which options you will follow.
  2. Design your pathway development program, including skills required and activities to undertake.
  3. Attain competency in core pathway requirements.

You should aim to complete at least eight training activities over the course of your studies.

Training pathways

Academic skills

Programs to support you in pursuing an academic career, with a specific focus on research capability.

Professional skills

Programs to support you in gaining professional skills for careers within or external to academia.

Transferable skills

Programs to support you in developing transferable skills, with a specific focus on interpersonal skills and personal development.


HDR internships

Find a number of internship programs with select industry partners.

3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

Foster your academic, presentation and research communication skills in this competition.

Visualise Your Thesis competition

Challenge your creativity and communication skills in this competition.

Additional support

Career pathways and training

Curtin offers specific development and training programs across three career pathways. You can design your development pathway by selecting from the training options in the download below, according to the pathway and stage of your candidacy.

HDR student orientation

HDR students can attend a special orientation session at the start of each semester, plus access the videos and resources from previous HDR orientation sessions.

Study and personal support

You can access the study and personal support services available to all Curtin students.