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.

Thesis review will take place 12 months FTE (PhD) or 6 months FTE (MPhil) after the official mid-candidature milestone due date. The aim of this milestone review is to determine:

  • Will the Candidate have an examinable thesis ready to be submitted within 3 months full-time equivalent for a PhD or 1.5 months full-time equivalent for a MPhil.
  • Are there any factors hindering progress, and how can they be overcome.
  • Has the Candidate developed the qualities, skills, knowledge and abilities set out in the UQ Statement of Higher Degree by Research Graduate Attributes

4. Thesis review interview

  • Interviews should take place immediately after the oral presentations (i.e. on the same day), with discussion of the likelihood that an examinable thesis will be able to be submitted within 3 months FTE for a PhD or 1.5 months FTE for a MPhil, identification of any problems with the standard of writing or layout of the thesis. A discussion of potential thesis examiners and Chair of Examiners for the thesis should also take place.
  • The review committee will recommend whether the candidate has met the conditions for attainment of the milestone. 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 until approved by the relevant Director of Research Training (DRT). The recommendation can be:
    • Approval of Thesis Review milestone.
    • Additional work required. It is deemed unlikely that an examinable thesis will be able to be submitted within 3 months FTE for a PhD or 1.5 months FTE for a MPhil. The candidate must provide further written work within a time-frame set by the review committee. Once the Committee members are satisfied that these points have been addressed and that the thesis is nearly ready to be submitted, attainment of the Thesis Review milestone will be recommended.
    • (For PhD only) Program of study be changed from PhD to MPhil.
    • Withdrawal from the Program. This recommendation would only be made if there was no evidence of any progress by the candidate, work provided by the candidate was not of a sufficient standard for award of a degree from The University of Queensland and is unlikely to be able to reach this standard, or if it was obvious that an examinable thesis would not be able to be produced by the candidate.