Grad Space

Grad Space is a place to find online courses and resources, and to find professional development opportunities during your research degree. It's free, and available 24/7. Grad Space is available to all graduate researchers, as soon as the commencement of your PhD, MPhil or MRes is confirmed in Student One. You don’t need to do anything to join up, you’ll be added automatically once you’ve officially commenced (see our FAQ for more).

How you use Grad Space is up to you, and depends on your stage of candidature.  It's designed to be flexible: you can do a whole course, or just drop in for specific info.

Postgraduate Essentials is an online, award-winning course designed to equip you with the academic skills, practical information and management tools essential throughout your candidature and beyond. Being online, the course can be accessed from anywhere you have an internet connection and a computer.

If you're in the first year of your degree, start with Postgraduate Essentials: Strategies for a Successful start to your degreeor PGE 1, as it focuses on getting through the early stages of candidature, organising your time, getting through confirmation, and building a strong relationship with your supervisor.

Postgraduate Essentials: Completion and Beyond, or PGE 2, is designed to support you in getting your thesis submitted, and your career organised; it's about the last 6 to 12 months of your degree, with a focus on completion.

The Grad Space Master Classes are practical and technical guides to info skills, publishing, getting to your first conference, and understanding research data management.

Grad Research Resources align with the Melbourne CSHE's Grad Research Seminars and offer practical advice on key aspects of graduate research candidature. As our resources grow, you'll find more videos, guides and other information about different aspects of graduate research candidature, available 24/7, from wherever you are. New resources include videos on Working with Supervisors – just log in via the LMS (and look for Grad Space under the Communities tab) to see.

How to get access to the Grad Space

To get access to the Grad Space please login at the LMS login page. If you experience any difficulties accessing the Grad Space please read the FAQ below.


When I log in through the LMS why can’t I find the Grad Sapce in the Communities tab?

All graduate researchers (Masters by Research and PhD Candidates) are provided with access when their enrolment is completed in Student One, and they have officially commenced their research higher degree. The upload of details into the LMS is done on a weekly basis – so depending on your official start date, and the date we upload your details, it might mean you need to wait a little while until the next upload. Get in touch if you don’t have access after one week has passed – you can email us at the details below.

I’ve enrolled, and started doing my research degree. Isn’t that my commencement date? How do I know what my commencement date is?

You may meet with your supervisor, or get started on your work while your enrolment is being processed in the system, so you’ve ‘started’, but your enrolment might not be completed in Student One. If you’re unsure of your commencement date, get in touch with your faculty. You can look up faculty contacts on the Graduate Research hub:

I know I’m enrolled, it’s been more than a week since I commenced, and I still can’t find the Grad Space in my communities tab when I log in to the LMS.

There is probably a technical issue. and complete a support request to the LMS team: and we’ll do our best to get you set up quickly.

If you require assistance enrolling in this workshop, please contact:

Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education
T: +61 3 8344 4605