“Research was one of the things I heard about, but never seriously considered going into.”
“I made the commitment to do my Honours once I had finished studying my Bachelor of Communications in Journalism and Mass Communication at ECU. A background in music journalism and an audio documentary I made in my final year about the Perth music industry proved to be very influential to my research journey. My Honours examined the impact of government regulation on live music in Perth. When the inevitable conversation about the next step after Honours came up, I revisited the documentary for inspiration. My current PhD project comprises a retrospective study of the Perth music industry.
Academia may not have been the original plan for this stage of my career, but it’s been fantastic, with ECU offering a great research environment. The process of doing a PhD can get a bit lonely, but with a supportive supervisory team and an active research culture, I know I will always have somewhere to look for support. Not only have I learnt invaluable skills, but I’ve had the chance to speak at conferences in Australia and New Zealand, meeting some great people along the way. While I’m not sure where I’m headed post-PhD, it’s certainly the best career decision I’ve made.”
Why research at ECU?
ECU is committed to undertaking innovative and high impact research, which has strong social, economic, environmental and cultural impact. At ECU we promote a vibrant research community and are committed to supporting research candidates throughout the research journey.
Why pursue a research degree at ECU?
We have expert supervisors
Our supervisors are dedicated to providing you with guidance and support in your pursuit of research excellence. Supervisors participate in regular professional development and training in supervisory practice to maintain high standards of supervision. Explore our Find a supervisor tool to identify experts in your field of interest.
We provide valuable supportIn addition to your supervisor, school and faculty you will have access to a range of valuable support services including assistance with research skills training, professional development opportunities, research and academic writing consultants, statisticians, library services and career guidance.
Our Graduate Research School supports postgraduate researchers, providing training, help and resources to honours, masters and doctoral candidates and their supervisors. We also offer regular social events to encourage a collaborative and supportive peer network. Our SOAR Centre is run by research candidates and is accessible to all higher degree by research and honours students. This unique service provides peer-to-peer support and information with a focus on research skills development, career planning and support to assist you throughout your research journey.
We provide the training you need to succeed
Your faculty research and writing consultants and the Graduate Research School offer a range of research skill and career development opportunities throughout the year that focus on the various stages of your research journey. Workshops are interactive, encourage self-learning and focus on empowering students by providing strategies for a successful thesis.
We help you focus on your career
With expert research training, opportunities to meet fellow researchers, competitions to hone thinking and communication skills and career advice for life after your thesis, ECU gives candidates the encouragement and assistance you need to achieve your research goals and help you to develop skills that will transfer to the workplace.
Many of our researchers work on collaborative projects with industry partners and organisations and this provides opportunities for you to gain practical experience and professional development.
Employment opportunities are also available in the SOAR Centre which provides valuable experience and opportunities to develop a range of important workplace skills.
We can link you to financial assistance and scholarships
At ECU, we are committed to undertaking high quality research and provide you with personal research facilities and financial support to further your study. We provide research support funding to assist with data collection &/or conference attendance and we have a number of scholarships available for current and prospective research students aimed at providing financial support to assist with education and living costs.