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

Milestone process

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.

Attainment of milestone

All HDR candidates must complete the online Research Integrity Module prior to their confirmation milestone.

All HDR candidates are required to have a UQ-registered ORCiD. If you haven't got one, you will need to register an ORCiD before the attainment of your next milestone.

If you submit an Attainment of milestone request without first completing the Research Integrity Module and registering your ORCiD, approval of your milestone will be delayed until you complete these tasks.

As part of the 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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Attainment of Milestone

Milestone extensions

A milestone extension does not automatically extend your scholarship. You should apply separately for a scholarship extension if required.

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Extension of Milestone

Scholarship extensions

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

Relinquish your scholarship

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

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Relinquish scholarship