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

2. Requirements for confirmation review document

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

IMPORTANT - Please read the “Milestone process” section above before proceeding for general information applicable to all milestones. 

1. Mandatory Forms Relevant to the Confirmation Milestone:

2. Requirements for Confirmation Review Document:

The Confirmation document will outline the area under study, including a full citation of the directly relevant literature. It will establish the research objective and pose the formal hypotheses if these are relevant. The proposal will also concisely and clearly describe the proposed research methodology and scheme of analysis, and briefly describe work already completed.

As a guide the following elements are usually included in the Confirmation document:

(a)   Title page (name of candidate, title of project, names of advisors and their signatures to indicate that they have read the document).

(b)   Brief summary/introduction (1 page max) to define the key concepts of the project and the rationale for the project (i.e. why do this study?)

(c)   Literature review (15 to 20 pages, using 1.5 line spacing). Critical up-to-date review, which should demonstrate a good knowledge of the field and identify knowledge gaps.

(d)   Hypothesis development and Aims of the project (~1 page). This should be related to issues identified in the literature review.

(e)   Research methodology, including a clear statement of the methods to be used, resource requirements (are all pieces of equipment and funds to complete the study available to you, or do you need to look for collaborators who can provide these?), data analysis methodology to be used, ethics requirements etc.

(f)   Preliminary data (if any; max. 5 pages).

(g)   Timeline for the proposed work to complete your thesis.

(h)   Reference List.

(i)    Appendices (only if applicable).