Welcome to the research community of Flinders Business School. These web pages provide essential information about your research degree and the facilities available to support you in your studies.

A key publication setting out the University’s rules and regulations in relation to research higher degree training is the Student Related Policies and Procedures Manual.

Key sections of the Manual as they apply to higher degree students include:

You are urged to read these documents as they contain the answers to many of the questions that graduate students ask.

Content on this webpage:


Contacts

Your first point of contact is your supervisory team who can provide you with advice about your academic progress. Each student will be allocated:

  • a Principal Supervisor
  • an Associate Supervisor
  • and, where appropriate, an Adjunct Supervisor.

You should meet regularly with your supervisors.

Other important contacts include:

  • Dr Wee Ching Pok: Higher Degrees Coordinator for the Business School
  • Chair of FBS Research Committee (TBA)
  • Associate Prof. Phil Lawn: FBS Seminar Coordinator
  • Mrs Kathy Rao: Student Representative on FBS Research Committee
  • Ms Mary Bywater: School Administrator
  • Ms Patricia Berry : Research Higher Degrees Coordinator for the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Workload and progression

As a full-time research student you should expect to spend most of your time engaged in research i.e. 37.5 hours per week. Part-time students should expect to spend no less than 50% of their time on research.

You may be invited to contribute to teaching activities in the School (for which you will be paid at the casual tutoring rate). Research students who wish to teach need to complete a Teaching and Learning Course.

It is expected that students will complete their research degrees in the following time-frames:

 Full-timePart-time
Masters 2 years 4 years
Doctorates 3-4 years 6-8 years

Important activities and milestones include:

  • University induction for new research students
  • Completion of topic BUSN9245 Business Research Methods
  • Reading-in and the development of a Literature Review
  • Development of a research proposal, including methodology (6-10,000 words)
  • Presentation of the research proposal at a School Seminar
  • Annual Review of Progress Reports
  • Obtaining Ethics Clearance (where applicable)
  • Commencement of data collection which may involve field-work
  • Analysis of data
  • Attendance at RHD professional development program
  • Writing up your thesis
  • Writing and presenting conference papers
  • Preparing papers for journal publication
  • Participating in the 3 minute thesis competition
  • Graduation!

Office space and supplies

The School aims to provide shared office space to full-time postgraduates. You will be provided with a desk, a computer, and access to a telephone. If you need to make international calls related to your research, you should ask your supervisor for access through their office telephone.

See the the School's Reception Office to arrange swipe card access to the PhD room


Intellectual Property

Intellectual property has many facets including the following areas of particular relevance to research: copyright; patents; authorship; and managing confidentiality within a research project. Specifically, the University’s Research Higher Degree Policy and Procedures (Clause 10) state:

Research students will be made aware of the University’s policy relating to intellectual property before embarking on the research project. The policy will be made available to candidates at the time of enrolment. Where a research project involves a confidentiality agreement, research students will be counselled by the responsible University officer prior to a confidentiality agreement being signed by the student, about the consequences of restricted access to their research results, particularly in relation to research publications, seminars and activities associated with future applications for employment or research grants, and about the advisability of seeking professional advice. At the counselling session, the student may be accompanied by an independent person.

Student Intellectual Property Procedures require research higher degree students and supervisors to discuss IP issues at the start of candidature. Where the discussion identifies IP issues, a student will then undertake structured counselling before signing an agreement.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding IP, please contact the ASA staff.


Data retention and storage

Flinders requires authors to record details about authorship and data retention by completing a Statement of Authorship and Location of Data form at the time of submission of a publication. For postgraduate students, questions about data retention and storage are also included on the Annual Review of Progress form.

It is important to note that the definition of data covers not only primary data such as questionnaires/interview tapes and experimental results, but also electronic data. Instructions for retrieving data gathered from limited access databases must be recorded. Where it is not possible to ‘hold’ the data, the way in which the data was called up from a database must be recorded so that someone else can retrieve the same data.

Further information on data retention and storage within the Faculty.


Library document delivery

The Flinders University Library provides a document delivery service to postgraduate students for research materials which are not held in the Library.

There is a limit of 100 standard document delivery requests per calendar year.

Non-standard requests, such as urgently required items or some items obtained from overseas, will be charged.

You can order at the Library Document Delivery Service, telephone 8201 2175 or electronically.

It is possible for some journal articles to be transmitted electronically.

General Library information.


Ethics clearances

The policy of the University requires that appropriate ethics clearances (eg Animal Ethics and Human Ethics) be issued before research projects commence. A condition of RSM funding is that, if Ethics Committee clearances are required for any components of the project, you will seek and obtain the necessary approval prior to commencing those components. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in funds for this grant being reclaimed.

Ethics clearances can be sought from one of the following committees:

  • Animal Welfare Committee
  • Flinders Clinical Research Ethics Committee
  • Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee
  • Biosafety Committee

Ethics guidelines, forms and related material.


Clinical trials and insurance requirements

The only research that needs to be assessed for insurance purposes is clinical in nature which therefore goes before the Flinders Clinical Research Ethics Committee (FCREC). The FCREC application guide lines include advice to applicants to contact the University’s Insurance Officer for confirmation of insurance for their project and the committee will not give its approval without that confirmation.

More information about insurance.


Research Student Maintenance (RSM) Funds

The Schemes

The School provides support to research students whilst enrolled on a Research Higher Degree course within the School. Funding is provided via two schemes and these are:

  • Research Student Maintenance Base funding (RSM BASE) – provides a base allocation of $150 per FTE year of candidature. Full-time students can expect a budget of $150 per year, whilst part-time students can expect $75 for each year of normal candidature;
  • Research Student Maintenance Individual (RSMI) – provides up to $3000 per candidature for fieldwork trips, overseas conferences, etc.

To be classified as a Higher Degree Research Student, you must be enrolled in a Research Higher Degree in Flinders Business School, not in a Coursework Higher Degree. Some Research Higher Degree programs might have a small coursework component, in which case you must be enrolled in the thesis component to be eligible.

Research Student Maintenance BASE

Students will not be required to apply for the Base RSM funding. Students will be informed of their allocation, by memo, as soon as is administratively possible after enrolment census date each year.

Base funding will not be provided when a student is not enrolled (eg. a period of intermission).

Funds are allocated on an annual basis. Hence, unspent balances do not carry forward to the next year. Students are encouraged to submit claims on their allocation as they incur expenses. It is essential that all claims be presented to Mary Bywater by the last Friday of November of each year. Candidates who begin their candidature mid-year, or who are expecting to complete their degree mid-year, are funded on a part-time basis and no RSM is allocated to students after their expected completion date.

Students will not be funded for RSM while on intermission.

Notes:

  1. Eligible items for funding through Base RSM include (list is not exclusive):
  • photocopying
  • microfilms
  • slides
  • inter-library loans where a fee is charged
  • stationery
  • tapes, data storage (e.g. USB, USB adaptor card), computer ink cartridges
  • minor equipment (most affordable items for the intended purposes)
  • specialist software
  1. Funding will not be provided for:
  • items that would duplicate basic services already provided by the University, e.g. materials held in the library and internet connection/use charges
  • purchase of books / conference proceedings (although primary-source documents may be considered). Items not available in the library should be ordered through document delivery or can be ordered by supervisors for purchase by the library
  • transcription: in general, transcription is not an eligible RSM item. However, the School will consider requests on a case by case basis where there are special circumstances such as the scale of work required and language difficulties
  • personnel costs for research assistance unless a case is made that this is not reasonably possible via the student’s own efforts
  • conference travel, registration or associated costs, unless the conference itself provides direct evidence or material for the actual research project (i.e. is the equivalent of fieldwork)
  • workshop travel, registration or associated costs, unless the workshop itself provides direct evidence or material for the actual research project (i.e. is the equivalent of fieldwork)
  • thesis preparation costs: note that RSM is provided to assist with costs associated with the actual carrying out of research, not for the production of the final thesis. RSM may not be used for editing / proofreading, printing, or binding of the thesis.
  • computers, except where dedicated and powerful machines required for unusual analyses or to drive experiments, are required and sought by groups through the RSM Group application process.
  1. Funding for conference travel and thesis preparation is provided separately by the Higher Degree Administration and Scholarship Office to which applications should be made.
    The student’s supervisor has a responsibility to ensure that the funds are expended in the best interests of the student.
  1. Funds may not be used under any circumstances to finance travel by the supervisor.
  1. RSM Funds are allocated on an annual basis.
  1. Base RSM funds must be spent or committed by the end of November. Unspent funds will not be carried forward to the next year.

Research Student Maintenance Individual (RSMI)

Flinders Business School RSMI application form (DOC 138KB)

  • Individual Higher Degree Research Students may apply for research funds, up to a maximum of $3,000 per candidature, under the following guidelines:
  • Basic maintenance expenses should not be included in Supplementary RSM applications. For example, extraordinary photocopying/printing requests (for surveys etc) could be included in Supplementary RSM applications, but not requests to cover students’ usual day to day photocopying needs.
  • Support up to the full $3,000 limit would need to be an exceptional case, and students can normally expect the funding level to be less than that.
  • This scheme is to support students undertaking the following activities; large- scale survey work; field based work in the non-experimental areas requiring data collection by observation or from libraries and institutions or from human subjects which involves interstate or overseas travel (see note below about other sources of funding for overseas field work); computational and other work (including modelling, simulation, and signal processing) requiring specialist software packages or annual licence fees not available as site licences:
    • students might expect some financial assistance normally only in the year of candidature in which this specific work is undertaken;
    • normally, overseas field work support is only provided once per candidature; applications for additional support will be handled on a case by case basis.
  • Students are required to apply for RSM (Individual) on the basis of justified need. Students may find they have different requirements throughout their candidature.
  • No RSM is allocated to students after their expected completion date.
  • Students will not be funded for RSM whilst on intermission;
  • Cases not covered above will be considered on their merits.

Funds are allocated on an annual basis. Hence, unspent balances do not carry forward to the next year. Students are encouraged to submit claims on their allocation as they incur expenses. It is essential that all claims be presented to Mary Bywater by the last Friday of November of each year.

RSM (Individual) funds are allocated on an annual basis and it is expected that these funds will be spent or committed by the end of November. However, in special circumstances, application may be made through the Research Committee to carry over funds into the next calendar year.  

Notes:

  1. Eligible items for funding through RSM (Individual) include (list is not exclusive):
  • travel for data collection purposes (fieldwork)
  • participant/subject payments
  • minor equipment (most affordable items for the intended purposes)
  • specialist software
  • technical assistance (including programmers or experiment observers) approved by the supervisor as not needing to be undertaken by the student
  • other costs directly associated to the fieldwork data collection
  1. Funding will not be provided for:
  • items that would duplicate basic services already provided by the University, e.g. materials held in the library and internet connection/use charges
  • purchase of books / conference proceedings (although primary-source documents may be considered). Items not available in the library should be ordered through document delivery or can be ordered by supervisors for purchase by the library
  • transcription: in general, transcription is not an eligible RSM item. However, the School will consider requests on a case by case basis where there are special circumstances such as the scale of work required and language difficulties
  • personnel costs for research assistance unless a case is made that this is not reasonably possible via the student’s own efforts
  • conference travel, registration or associated costs, unless the conference itself provides direct evidence or material for the actual research project (i.e. is the equivalent of fieldwork)
  • workshop travel, registration or associated costs, unless the workshop itself provides direct evidence or material for the actual research project (i.e. is the equivalent of fieldwork)
  • thesis preparation costs: note that RSM is provided to assist with costs associated with the actual carrying out of research, not for the production of the final thesis. RSM may not be used for editing / proofreading, printing, or binding of the thesis.
  1. Funding for conference travel, fieldwork and thesis preparation is provided separately by the Higher Degree Administration and Scholarships Office to which applications should be made. (see ‘Other Funding’ section).
  1. RSM (Individual) applicants are reminded that they must provide justification for the items requested. This justification should relate to their research project and should include any calculations used to arrive at the amount requested (especially in relation to fieldwork travel or experimental needs). Applications without a justification of the budget will not be funded.
  1. RSM (Individual) Application forms should be submitted to Mary Bywater.
  1. Allocations are at the discretion of the School and no guarantee of full funding can be made.
  1. The student’s supervisor has a responsibility to ensure that the funds are expended in the best interests of the student.
  1. Funds may not be used under any circumstances to finance travel by the supervisor.
  1. RSM Funds are allocated on an annual basis. RSM (Individual) funds: it is expected that these funds will be spent or committed by the end of November. However, in the case of applications made late in the year or special circumstances, application may be made to carry over funds into the next calendar year.

Scholarships and other funding

PhD Candidates Conference Funding Policy

This Funding is provided to support PhD students presenting a paper at national or international conference. See the guidelines (PDF) for eligibility criteria, and complete an application form (PDF) to apply.

Scholarship and other funding-related information

For all other scholarship queries, payments, conditions and applications, please contact Scholarships.

Telephone: 8201 3115 or email: scholarships@flinders.edu.au
Location: Student Centre (next to Sports Centre)

The Higher Degree Administration and Scholarships Office has funding schemes available (in addition to the School schemes). Check the Postgraduate Scholarships and Awards section of their website for details and closing dates of schemes. These are usually offered in two rounds per year. Schemes include:

  • Overseas Field Trip Grant. Note – Students who have received RSM (Individual) funding for field work, and who subsequently receive an Overseas Field Trip Grant must notify the School Research Committee within two weeks of receiving notification of their award to assess whether any adjustment to their RSM (Individual) funding is needed.
  • Overseas Travelling Fellowship.
  • Research Student Conference Travel Grants.
  • Thesis Write-up Stipends.

See also the section on University Support and Other Scholarships for Higher Degree Research students and in particular, the summary table of the various forms of support available.


Research resources

View study resources about writing, referencing, computer help etc.