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This information is for candidates that have been accepted into the HDR program.

Welcome to AC's HDR program! Here are the next steps in your HDR Journey with AC.


At the commencement of your HDR studies a number of important matters need to be considered.

  1. Supervision Agreement Form. The form articulates the expectations and responsibilities for the candidate and the members of the supervision team. It covers matters such as frequency of meeting, the particular roles of each supervisor, processes for review, and timetable.
  2. HDR Induction. All new HDR candidates are required to attend a three day HDR Induction seminar where you will cover an orientation to the library, basic research methods, what it means to be a researcher, and how to organise your life for study and writing. You will hear from recent doctoral graduates, experienced supervisors, and HDR support staff. You will also be allocated to an HDR candidates peer support group which will include a group of about ten HDR candidates who will support one another through the HDR journey.
  3. Ethics Approval. Candidates undertaking research that requires ethics approval will be guided in their preparation for an Ethics approval. For more information please see our Research Ethics Policy.
  4. Course Work. DMin and MPhil candidates undertake course work prior to writing their thesis. Some PhD candidates are required to take course work in areas of their speciality (Advanced Biblical languages, specific research methods).

A supervisory team comprising a Principal and one or two Associate supervisors is required for all Higher Degree Research candidates. The primary supervisor assumes the highest level of academic responsibility and thus, it is imperative that the primary supervisor works within your nominated field. A joint or secondary supervisor - to be nominated in consultation with the primary supervisor - provides additional support and expertise that is useful to the candidate. All primary HDR supervisors at Alphacrucis College are highly qualified in their respective fields of research and are experienced supervisors.

At Alphacrucis College, the supervisory relationship is governed by HDR supervision policy, supervisory eligibility and expected professional conduct. For more information please see our Research Supervision Policy.

Professional Development for Supervisors and HDR Candidates

All HDR awards need the supervision team to collaborate and work together to ensure a successful outcome. At Alphacrucis we provide regular professional development for all supervisors to ensure we are delivering an outstanding supervision experience. Most of these PD modules are also accessible to HDR candidates, so please take advantage of calendar PD units offered below.

Changing Your Supervision Team

For some candidates, changes to the supervision team might be necessary for a variety of reasons. Please refer to the Change of Supervisor Form and contact to inform them of your intentions.

The first major milestone in the HDR journey for doctoral candidates is confirmation of candidature. In the PhD program, this occurs between 6 and 12 months for full-time candidates and 12 to 18 months part-time. In the DMin program, this occurs in the semester following completion of coursework.  

After candidature is confirmed, one spends the season ahead reading, researching, writing, meeting with supervisors and peers, in order to prepare the final thesis for examination. Annual reviews of progress are undertaken to ensure milestones are being met and to address any concerns.

AC provides an annual calendar of PD modules for supervisors and HDR candidates and you are encouraged to take the opportunity to attend these (in person or online) as the need arises, or as your supervisor recommends.

HDR Access to NVivo Software Licensing

Candidates may submit a request for a Nvivo software license where they are required to engage in qualitative research. Please email for further information.

Once the thesis is complete, candidates submit it for external examination, and then respond to examiners’ reports as required. Candidates must first register their intention to submit three months prior to submission using the Intention to Submit Form. Please refer to the Research Thesis and Project Examination Policy.

The final stage of being an HDR candidate is graduation, which is a fitting conclusion to the hard work and time spent on your research. Our hope at AC is that it also marks the commencement of new opportunities that having an HDR award opens up.

Candidates must complete the Apply to Graduate Form at the completion of the examination process.