The HDR Milestones provide an authentic learning strategy to ensure communication between student and supervisor is sound and focused on completion rather than generic ‘progress’. Via the HDR Milestone process students, supervisors, Colleges and the University will be able to monitor progress toward timely completion within the allocated time for the degree. Annually, students will deliver written work as well as an oral presentation to their supervisors and peers at College level. [Note: Interim Milestones do not require an oral presentation.] Students are required to submit all work for the HDR Milestone via the University’s text-matching resources in accordance with the Academic Integrity Policy.

Refer to the HDR Policy and HDR Progression Procedures for more information.


The annual HDR Milestones offer a uniform and structured mechanism for the assessment of HDR candidature. The HDR Milestones will normally occur on the anniversary of a student’s enrolment and the timeframes are detailed below.  NB: HDR Milestone dates will shift for students who take intermission or change their status from full-time to part-time or vice versa.  Students and Supervisors will be notified of the HDR Milestone date.

The HDR Milestones are:                                       

Listen: to a short introduction of the new RHD Milestones by the Dean of Graduate Research.

Part-time students: Please note that you will be required to provide an Interim Review Report in between the formal HDR Milestones. Students enrolled beyond their Final Thesis Review will be required to submit an Interim Milestone Review at 6-monthly intervals.

 

For a Full-Time PhD student the HDR Milestones are as follows:

12 months        Confirmation of Candidature

24 months        Mid-Candidature Review

36 months        Final Thesis Review*

48 months or before Submit

 

For a Part-Time PhD student the HDR Milestones are as follows:

12 months      Interim pre-Confirmation of Candidature

24 months      Confirmation of Candidature

36 months      Interim pre-Mid-Candidature Review

48 months      Mid-Candidature Review

60 months      Interim pre-Final

72 months      Final Thesis Review*

84 months      Interim post-Final Thesis Review

96 months or before Submit

For a Full-Time Masters by Research student the HDR Milestones are as follows:

6-9 months       Confirmation of Candidature

12 months        Mid-Candidature Review

18 months        Final Thesis Review

24 months or before    Submit*

 

For a Part-Time Masters by Research the HDR Milestones are as follows:

12 months                  Confirmation of Candidature

18 months                  Interim pre-Mid Candidature

24 months                  Mid-Candidature Review

30 months                  Interim pre-Final Review

36 months                  Final Thesis Review*

48  months or before   Submit

*Students who are enrolled beyond their Final Thesis Review will be required to submit an Interim Milestone Review at 6-monthly intervals.

Students enrolled in a PhD by Prior Published Work are exempted from the HDR Milestones.

Resources

 

Milestones Questions Template

We have prepared templates of the questions asked at each of the Milestones.

Milestone questions template.

* Please note: These are for reference only. All Milestones must be completed within the RHD Research Excellence App

 

Purpose of the HDR Milestones

Confirmation of Candidature

See the OGR's new One Page Milestone Advice Guides:
Milestone One - Confirmation of Candidature - Advice for students (PDF 123KB)
Milestone One - Confirmation of Candidature - Advice for supervisors (PDF 67KB)

 

The purpose of the Confirmation of Candidature is to achieve the following objectives:

  • assess whether the higher degree by research student has a viable research project that is achievable for the degree in which the student is enrolled. This will be a thesis proposal that includes the methodology to be used, the original contribution to knowledge (PhD only) / synthesis for Masters, a bibliography/reference list and an academic integrity check. In some cases, this assessment may include a proposal to upgrade from Masters by Research to PhD candidature;
  • provide peer feedback to the student on the oral presentation and written submission;
  • assess whether additional education and/or training is required to ensure timely completion;
  • assess whether additional resources will be required by the student to undertake the research;
  • identify any problems or challenges to address and their resolution; and
  • determine whether the candidature should continue.

Listen to an overview of the Confirmation of Candidature Milestone by the Dean of Graduate Research.


 

Mid-Candidature Review

See the OGR's new One Page Milestone Advice Guides:
Milestone Two - Mid-Candidature Review - Advice for students (PDF 86KB)
Milestone Two - Mid-Candidature Review - Advice for Supervisors (PDF 65KB)

 

The purpose of the Mid-Candidature Review is to achieve the following objectives:

  • assess whether the higher degree by research student’s progress since Confirmation of Candidature remains satisfactory and that those Milestone requirements have been met;
  • the written submission will include a thesis outline/table of contents, completed and draft chapters, experiments/archival work/fieldwork completed, the word length for the completed components of the thesis, and an academic integrity check;
  • provide peer feedback to the student on the written submission and oral presentation;
  • assess whether the student is on track to submit their thesis by the due date;
  • assess whether the student’s professional skills are developing appropriately;
  • assess whether the resources available to the student, including supervision and facilities, are satisfactory;
  • identify any problems or challenges to address and their resolutions; and
  • determine whether the candidature should continue.

 

Final Thesis Review

See the OGR's new One Page Milestone Advice Guides:
Milestone Three - Final Thesis Report - Advice for students (PDF 121KB)

Milestone Three - Final Thesis Report - Advice for supervisors (PDF 65KB)

The purpose of the Final Thesis Review is to achieve the following objectives:

  • assess whether the student’s progress since the Mid-Candidature Review remains satisfactory and that those Milestone requirements have been met;
  • assess whether the student’s thesis is at an advanced stage and is on track to submit by the due date or before;
  • the written submission will include a full draft of the thesis, if possible, and the word length and work left to complete, the timelines for that completion and an academic integrity check;
  • provide appropriate feedback to the student about the readiness for submission of their thesis;
  • discuss which examiners the student does not wish to examine their thesis;
  • resolve any problems in the Mid-Candidature Milestone;
  • determine whether the candidature should continue; and
  • ensure that students for all higher degrees by research have demonstrated the following criteria that Examiners use:

(a)  evidence of an original investigation or testing of ideas;

(b)  competence in independent research or experimentation;

(c)  a thorough understanding of the appropriate techniques in the field demonstrated both by their application and a thorough review of the literature;

(d)  critical use of source material, experimental results (where appropriate), and published works;

(e)  an appreciation of the relationship of the special theme to the wider field of knowledge; and

(f)    the capacity to present well-written work.

And doctoral students have demonstrated:

(g)  a higher degree of independence of thought and approach; and

(h)  a significant original contribution to knowledge.


 

Interim Review for PT HDR Students and HDR Students still enrolled 6 months after their Final Review

See the OGR's new One Page Milestone Advice Guides:
Interim Report - Advice for candidates (PDF 63KB)
Interim Report - Advice for supervisors (PDF 64KB)

The purpose of the Interim Review Report for Part-Time HDR students and for HDR students still enrolled 6 months after their Final Review is to achieve the following objectives:

  • assess whether the student’s progress since the last Milestone assessment remains satisfactory and that those Milestone requirements have been met, or will be achieved before the next Milestone Review – a checkpoint for part-time students;
  • the written submission will include a clear outline of work completed since the last Milestone, the goals in place for the next Milestone, and an academic integrity check;
  • review previous goals for overtime students, including timetable to completion;
  • provide peer feedback to the student on the written submission;
  • assess whether the student is on track to submit their thesis by the due date;
  • identify any problems or challenges to address and their resolutions;
  • assess whether the student’s professional skills are developing appropriately;
  • assess whether the resources available to the student, including supervision and facilities, are satisfactory; and
  • determine whether the candidature should continue.

Listen to an overview of the Interim Review Milestone by the Dean of Graduate Research.