PhD - Milestones

Progress requirements for PhD Students in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

1. Pre-Confirmation Milestone (6 months into candidature FTE)

For the first committee meeting (within 6 months of candidature), the student is required to write a brief plan for the next 3-6 months. The primary aim of pre-confirmation is to ensure the candidate is making adequate progress and is on track to confirm their candidature at 12 months.

2. Confirmation of Candidature (9-12 months into candidature FTE)

PhD students are due to confirm their candidature after 12 months full-time equivalent candidature. The primary aim of confirmation is to ensure the candidate is making adequate progress and is on track to complete their thesis within the allowed time frame. Students will receive the confirmation review form approximately six months before its due date. For confirmation, candidates are required to provide a written report to the advisory committee. In addition, the student is required to make an oral presentation on the progress and proposed development of the project in a departmental seminar.

The advisory committee will assess the feasibility and resource requirements of the proposed project and offer suggestions towards its successful completion. Both progress to date and the potential of the student to satisfactorily complete the project at a level consistent with the requirements for the degree will be assessed. This means ability, methods and techniques, philosophical development, resources and adequacy of supervision are all important issues.

For further information on the confirmation process, please see the Graduate Research Hub:

http://gradresearch.unimelb.edu.au/.

3. Graduate Research Progress Review (annually after confirmation)

The primary aim of graduate research progress reporting is to ensure the candidate is making adequate progress and is on track to complete their thesis within the allowed time frame. As well as reviewing the progress of the candidate’s thesis, the progress report format also encourages candidates to review their development as a researcher and reinforces the supervisor’s role in this development. It is important for candidates and members of the student’s advisory committee to take the opportunity the review provides to think about career plans and identify opportunities for professional development as researchers.