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

4. Confirmation review interview

  • Interviews should take place immediately after the oral presentations (i.e. on the same day), with discussion of the direction, scope, planning and feasibility of the project and any areas of concern.
  • The review committee will make a recommendation whether candidature should be confirmed. The committee’s recommendation will normally be communicated verbally to the candidate and the advisory team at the conclusion of the interview, with written advice following within the next few days. Please note the committee’s recommendation is not final and may be revised by the relevant Director of Research Training (DRT). The recommendation can be:
    • Confirmation of Candidature.
    • Additional work required. The Candidate must respond to points identified by the Readers and any problems identified within the time-frame set by the review committee. Once the Committee members are satisfied that these points have been addressed, then confirmation of candidature will be recommended.
    • (For PhD only) Program of study should be changed from PhD to MPhil.
    • Withdrawal of Candidature. The candidate is not progressing adequately. This recommendation would only be made if the candidate had first been given an opportunity, with appropriate assistance and guidance from the advisory team and the review panel, to improve their work.