Postgraduate (Research)

Postgraduate (Research)

Timeline » Year 3

Progress Reviews

By this juncture, you should be in the final stages of your project and have the majority of your thesis written.

PhD candidates are requested to provide the following information:

  1. A current version of your thesis proposal or outline;
  2. Your most recent draft chapter;
  3. A timeline and milestones for the completion of the thesis; and
  4. Where appropriate, a table of contents for the thesis together with the completion status of each section.

Students who exceed 3.0 years of their candidature will be scheduled for a progress review every 6 months until submission.


HDR candidates might get the opportunity to present at local and international conferences. Eligible candidates could apply for Funding for HDR Development and Research Training Activities

In addition, the School offers travel grants to help defray the cost of conference attendance for HDR candidates enrolled in the School. Please refer to the Travel Grant section for further information and guidelines.

Final Seminar Presentation

PhD candidates are expected to give a final seminar presentation at one of the seminar series before they submit their thesis. Please refer to the Seminar Presentation webpage for further information.

Writing your Thesis

You should be completing your data analysis and writing up your discussion and conclusion at this stage. It is also a good idea to finalise your abstract, introduction, methodology and literature review. Your supervisor should also be reviewing and editing your thesis with you.

HDR candidates should check out the Learning Centre for support on thesis writing and other academic skills.

Extension of Candidature

The minimum length of candidature for the PhD program is three years and the maximum is four years (full-time equivalent). The minimum length of candidature for the Masters by Research program is one and a half years and the maximum is two years (full-time equivalent).

If you are unable to complete your thesis within the maximum time of candidature, you need to apply for an extension of your candidature. This application process has been developed to support you to complete your program. Please see the Graduate Research School website for this process.