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.

Confirmation of candidature will take place 12 months FTE (PhD) or 6 months FTE (MPhil) after commencement. The aim of this milestone review is to determine:

  • Is there a clear hypothesis and rationale for the study?
  • Does the Candidate have a solid grasp of the literature, or do they need to expand their knowledge base?
  • Is the research plan sound and feasible, and are methodologies clearly indicated and understood?
  • Has adequate progress been made?
  • Is the Candidate starting to develop the qualities, skills, knowledge and abilities set
    out in the UQ Statement of Higher Degree by Research Graduate Attributes

1. Mandatory forms relevant to the confirmation milestone

  • S1: Candidate to complete - when the Student completes a S1, a S2 will automatically forward to the Principal Advisor
  • S2: Principal Advisor to complete - the Principal Advisor will review the S1, submit a S2 which will generate an email notification to the Milestone Chair, with a link to where the  S3 can be downloaded . If the Principal Advisor has not received the student's S1, please email your student and request a copy of the S1 and use the link to complete the S2 form
  • S3: Chairperson to complete - the Chair should receive the S1 and S2 automatically, the S3 can be downloaded via the link in the S2 email. The Chair will review both S1, S2, and complete a S3.  The completed S3 is emailed to