Who is CaRST for?
CaRST is designed for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students enrolled at the University of Adelaide.
Participation in CaRST is compulsory for PhDs and Masters of Philosophy students commencing on, or after, 1 January 2017.
What are the requirements?
PhD students commencing from 2017 are required to complete:
- a total of 120 hours of CaRST activities;
- activities in all four CaRST categories with a minimum of 10 hours, but not more than 60 hours, in each.
Master of Philosophy students commencing from 2017 are required to complete:
- a total of 60 hours of CaRST activities;
- activities in all four CaRST categories with a minimum of 5 hours, but not more than 30 hours, in each
Other HDRs are encouraged to participate in training and development opportunities on a voluntary basis; however their participation will not be formally recognised or assessed by CaRST.
What are the benefits?
As a participant in the full CaRST program, you will:
- Identify your skills and training needs in the context of your research and career aspirations;
- Develop a plan to acquire, maintain, or improve on a broad range of research; and employability skills;
- Build a portfolio of evidence to present to potential employers;
- Increase your awareness of career options.
The outcomes of CaRST are to enable you to:
- Recognise the value of your training and experiences to articulate to others;
- Learn to be strategic and proactive about your own development;
- Gain more choice and control over your career;
- Increase your competitiveness for future employment;
- Maximise your potential for career success and satisfaction.
Students who complete their minimum number of CaRST activities (hours) will receive a certificate from the Adelaide Graduate Centre. This certificate, along with your portfolio of activities, can be used to help demonstrate your skills to potential employers.
Participation in CaRST should not significantly increase the workload on top of your research activities. As you will find, a number of experiences you can expect to undertake during the normal course of your research degree will count towards CaRST, such as attending conferences and delivering presentations.
Further, students also get a head start by receiving CaRST credit for a number of milestones undertaken during the first twelve months of candidature. These include completion of:
- Adelaide Graduate Centre Induction program
- Core component of the structured program
- Integrated Bridging Program Research (IBP-R) for international students
Who is exempt?
PhD and Master of Philosophy students commencing from 2017 may not be exempted from CaRST; completion is a pre-requisite for thesis submission and students need to plan their CaRST program early in candidature to ensure that thesis submission is not delayed.
PhD and Master of Philosophy students who commenced during, or prior, to 2016 and did not formally opt-in during the pilot phase are exempted from participation in CaRST and the completion of a minimum number of CaRST activities (hours) prior to thesis submission.
In recognition of their professional practice orientation, students in the following programs are exempted from participation in CaRST and the completion of a minimum number of CaRST activities (hours) prior to thesis submission:
- Professional Doctorate students (e.g. Doctor of Education)
- HDR students in named degrees (e.g. Master of Clinical Science)
- Combined Master of Psychology/PhD program students
In recognition of circumstances when there is a reduction in the amount of time a student has to complete CaRST, the following students are eligible to apply for a waiver from participation in CaRST and the completion of a minimum number of CaRST activities (hours) prior to thesis submission:
- Students who commenced a PhD prior to 2017 and transfer to Master of Philosophy after 1 January 2017
- Students who commenced a Master of Philosophy prior to 2017 and upgrade to a PhD after 1 January 2017
- Students undertaking a same-level transfer from another university or a degree program that does not participate in CaRST
Eligible students must contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly to seek approval and will need to present a valid academic reason, e.g. insufficient time to complete the full requirements remaining in their candidature. Please note, we will not grant exemptions on the basis of prior learning or professional experience.
Of course, students in these programs are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities that CaRST offers to develop professional and transferrable skills to prepare them for a range of careers in universities or the private and public sectors.