Year 2

Progress Reviews

For Masters students, the second review should be the final review (unless additional reviews were scheduled for particular concerns). By this juncture, you should be in the final stages of your project and have the majority of your thesis written. Candidates are requested to provide the following information:

  1. A current version of your thesis proposal or outline;
  2. Your most recent draft chapter;
  3. A timeline and milestones for the completion of the thesis; and
  4. Where appropriate, a table of contents for the thesis together with the completion status of each section.

Masters by Research candidates who are applying for a transfer to a PhD degree are required to be confirmed as part of this review. The Review Panel must determine that the candidate satisfies the criteria for confirmation of a PhD candidature and make the relevant recommendation for the candidate to transfer to a PhD program. Please refer to the Transfers between Masters & PhD webpage for further information.

For PhD students, the Panel will be questioning the progress of the experimental work. PhD Candidates are requested to provide the following information:

  1. A current version of your thesis proposal or outline;
  2. Your most recent draft chapter;

Variation of Candidature

Any variations to candidature - such as changing between full-time and part-time, taking semester leave, extending enrolment beyond the maximum time allowed, and withdrawing from the program - require the relevant approval. Please read the information on the Graduate Research School website and follow the instructions. Any changes to candidature must be received by the Graduate Research School no later than the semester’s census date. You can lodge a variation of candidature request via the Graduate Research Information System (GRIS).

Conferences

Students might get the opportunity to present at local and international conferences. Eligible students could apply for the Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Scheme for funding to assist in presenting their research at international conferences outside of Australia.

In addition, the School offers travel grants to help defray the cost of conference attendance for some research students enrolled in the School. Please refer to the Travel Grant section for further information and guidelines.

Seminar Presentation

PhD candidates are expected to give a seminar presentation at one of the departmental seminar series at this stage in their candidature. Please see the Seminar Presentation section for further details.

Writing your Thesis

At this point, candidates should be incorporating data analysis in their thesis and fine-tuning their methodology.

Students should check out the Learning Centre for support on literature review, thesis writing and other academic skills.