Milestone process

UQ’s milestone process is designed to provide you with an opportunity to articulate your research to your colleagues and receive feedback and guidance.

The process has three stages – Confirmation, Mid-candidature Review, and Thesis Review: 

  MPhil PhD
Confirmation 6 months 12 months
Mid-candidature 12 months 24 months
Thesis Review 18 months 36 months

The entire process is designed to help you to successfully plan and write your thesis within three to four years (PhD) or one to two years (MPhil).

Milestone requirements vary by enrolling unit, but at a minimum usually involve a written report and presentation. Please refer to your enrolling unit for more information.

See section 5 of the HDR Progression and Development Procedures for information about milestones.

Please note, a milestone extension does not automatically extend your scholarship. You should apply separately for a scholarship extension if it is needed.

All HDR candidates are required to have an ORCiD. If you have not yet obtained this, it will need to be registered before the attainment of your next milestone. A guide is available to help you set up your ORCiD. 

The Nomination of Examiners form is no longer required for Thesis Review attainment requests approved from 1 August 2018. The form has been replaced by the Nomination of Examiners request through myUQ. A minimum of three and a maximum of eight examiners are required.

As part of thesis submission requirements, all HDR candidates are required to upload a copy of their thesis to iThenticate prior to uploading to the UQ eSpace as part of the submission process. 

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Extension of Milestone

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Attainment of Milestone

Apply for a scholarship extension

PhD candidates may be eligible to apply for a scholarship extension within the Research Training Scheme funding period. MPhil candidates may not apply for a scholarship extension.

If you are applying for the Career Development scholarship extension, you should upload an application form (DOCX, 34KB) with your scholarship extension request.

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Scholarship extension

Apply to relinquish your scholarship

If you would like to relinquish your scholarship for any reason, please use the online form.

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