We require two academic or professional referee reports before we can assess your application.
You will need to contact two academic referees and ask them to submit one referee report each in support of your application to undertake a research degree.
These are specific forms that must be completed. Your nominated referees can download a copy of the Academic Referee Report (RTF file, 532kb) form.
Who can I ask to be a referee?
Your referees should be academic university staff members or professional staff that know you well enough to support your research degree application and may be any of the following:
- A former lecturer
- Course Coordinator/Program Director
- Head of School/Department
- Honours Supervisor
- Masters (Coursework) Supervisor
- Research Degree Supervisor
- Examiner of your thesis
- Employer (please note that your employer must be able to provide details about your research capabilities)
What are my responsibilities?
In your online application, you will need to provide details of your two nominated referees
Ask your referees to advise you that this has been done
Log into your online application to check the attachments section to see if the referee reports have been processed and uploaded by Graduate Research staff (reports are confidential, therefore you will not be able to view the content).
What are the referees' responsibilities?
Complete all sections of the report
Be able to attest to your research capabilities and your academic performance
Forward the report to firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon as possible but at the latest, one week after you have submitted your online application (if this is not done it may disadvantage you)
Email the Academic Referee Report directly from their official employment email account
Officially sign and stamp the report
We cannot accept referee reports from generic unofficial email addresses (such as Yahoo, Gmail etc.), unless the report includes an official university stamp/seal
We cannot accept reference letters as the information requested in the Referee Reports is used for assessment purposes
We cannot accept reports sent to us from applicants