Postgraduate (Research)

Postgraduate (Research)

Progress Reviews » Review Sessions

Reviews are usually held in blocks twice a year; between April to August and between September to December. For instance, if you began your candidature in T3-2019, your first review will be between April to August 2020; if you began in T1-2021, your first review will be between September to December 2021

The timing of the review sessions for each full-time HDR candidate will be as follows:

  • First review - first year (normally take place nine months (FTE) from the start date of the term in which they commenced):
  • Second review - second year (approximately 12 months after the first review):
    • Candidate: Substantial progress made
    • Panel: Monitor progress
  • Third review - third year (approximately 12 months after the second review):
    • Candidate: Experimental work being finalised, started writing papers
    • Panel: Review thesis plan and timing for submission

HDR candidates who have completed 3.0 FTE will be scheduled for a review every 6 months until they submit their thesis.

A few weeks before the review, the candidate and the supervisor will be contacted by the Research Administrator with a proposed date and time for the review. This date and time depends on the availability of the 5 members of the review panel, usually blocked on one morning or afternoon. The cooperation and goodwill of everyone in this process is important. Failure to show at the interview is unacceptable and will be referred to the Head of School and Higher Degree Committee.

  • You will be contacted weeks prior to your review scheduled by your School; official e-mail communications from the School will be sent to your official University e-mail address ( Please ensure that you have made the necessary forwarding rules if you do not check your University e-mail account regularly.
  • Additional reviews may be scheduled for HDR candidates (by negotiation between all parties) outside these timelines to facilitate completion of a thesis or to resolve problems in progress.
  • Part-time HDR candidates will be reviewed at least once a year.