Students have a number responsibilities when enrolled in a PhD:

1. Full-time students are expected to work full-time on their thesis. A limited amount of outside work is allowed, e.g. teaching or research assistance. Normally not more than eight hours per week should be spent on outside work. Supervisors should be informed of such work. Part-time students should be able to devote 2 1/2 days per week (18 1/2 hours) week to their project.

2. It is the student's responsibility to maintain regular contact with the supervisor.

3. Within six months of enrolment a concise outline of the proposed project should be submitted to the College Registrar. Students must also submit a detailed research proposal to a thesis committee. The supervisor should give advice on the suitability of the proposal before arranging a thesis committee meeting. The proposal should define a specific research problem, justify its significance using an extensive critical literature review, outline the research design and methods of analysis, and discuss the kind of results which would support the research hypotheses.

4. Students are to present an introductory talk as part of the staff colloquia in their first year, and a minimum of one seminar or conference paper at an appropriate national or international conference in each of their second, third and fourth years.

5. Students are expected to regularly attend staff colloquia.

6. Students are encouraged to maintain a presence in the College and to participate in its academic activities.

7. Students must complete an annual progress report for the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Higher Degrees Committee.

8. Re-enrol at the end of each year.

9. When completed, a copy of a final draft of the thesis should be given to the supervisor. The supervisor will then suggest changes or approve the thesis and recommend binding. A student has the right to submit a thesis without a supervisor's approval. However, each examiner will be informed by the University that the thesis has not been approved by the supervisor.

Flinders University also provides a more formal account of student responsibilities.