Faculty HDR milestones

Milestone reviews at UQ are an opportunity for HDR candidates and their advisors to take stock of progress, to plan the next stages, and to identify and resolve any problems, with input from others with relevant expertise. Each milestone consists of a piece of written work, an oral presentation, and an interview with the Review Committee.

UQ Medicine milestone reviews are organised by the HDR candidate and their advisory team, with assistance from the HDR Liaison Officer (HLO). The recommended timeframe to begin organising your milestone is 8 weeks prior to your due date. You can check your next milestone date either through my.UQ and SI net. The Graduate School will send out reminders to all students 8 weeks out from the student’s milestone due date. 

Meeting your Milestone due date is a compulsory requirement of your Candidature.

At least 1.5 hours should be set aside for each milestone review to ensure adequate time is available for discussion.

Upgrading from MPhil to PhD

MPhil students who wish to upgrade to a PhD first need to complete their MPhil Confirmation; this usually occurs 6 months (FTE) after starting the program.

When the MPhil confirmation has been approved, you can then apply online (see “Changing your HDR program”). 

If the upgrade is approved you will be considered to be a provisional PhD candidate and will have to do another Confirmation of Candidature at PhD level.

Milestone extension and interruption

In some instances, you may not be able to meet your Milestone date. If the reason for the delay is research-related, it is recommended you put a request for a Milestone extension via my.UQ. If the reason is personal i.e. sickness, caring duties, or work commitments you will need to put in an interruption of candidature request also via my.UQ.