Confirmation and progress reports

PhD confirmation

Confirmation is a key point in PhD candidature. Its purpose is to determine whether work to date on the PhD research proposal indicates a strong likelihood that it will result in a high quality thesis, completed in the required time. Information about Confirmation can be found on the Graduate Research Hub Confirmation web page. It is also recommended that students consult their School guidelines and protocols in preparation for confirmation.

All PhD candidates must complete the online component of the Research Integrity Online Training (RIOT) prior to Confirmation. RIOT covers the principles of research integrity and their application to the planning, conducting and reporting of research. RIOT also presents other aspects of the responsible conduct of research including human research ethics, the care and use of animals in research, and the broad societal responsibilities of research. For detailed information please see the RIOT website.

PhD Fieldwork

If a fieldwork component is envisaged, candidates must include a fieldwork plan, basic methodology, timetable and a tentative fieldwork budget with their Confirmation Report form to be eligible to apply for the Arts PhD Fieldwork Grant Scheme after confirmation. This Fieldwork documentation must be submitted along with the Confirmation Report Form.

Master of Arts (MA) confirmation

The Confirmation is a key point in masters by research candidature undertaken at six months (or equivalent part-time) candidature. Its purpose is to determine whether work to date on the research proposal indicates a strong likelihood that it will result in a high quality thesis, completed in the required time. Information about the Confirmation can be found on the Graduate Research Hub Reviewing my progress and Mapping my degree web pages. It is also recommended that students consult their School guidelines and protocols in preparation for the Confirmation review.

All MA candidates must complete the online component of the Research Integrity Online Training (RIOT) prior to Confirmation. RIOT covers the principles of research integrity and their application to the planning, conducting and reporting of research. RIOT also presents other aspects of the responsible conduct of research including human research ethics, the care and use of animals in research, and the broad societal responsibilities of research. For detailed information please see the RIOT website.

PhD and MA progress reviews

Completion of progress review forms is required for the continuation of enrolment and any scholarship held. Progress review forms provide an opportunity for both the candidate and advisory committee to review and evaluate progress on the project. Information about Progress Reviews can be found on the Graduate Research Hub Reviewing my progress and Mapping my degree web pages. It is also recommended that students consult their School guidelines and protocols in preparation for progress reviews.

'D. Extension or Lapse of Candidature' is a section of the Progress Review form that is used when the Progress Report is due at the end of candidature (near the expected thesis submission date). Candidates use this section of the report when appropriate to apply for an extension to candidature or to lapse their candidature in good standing.

PhD and MA advisory committees

Advisory Committees are convened for all Graduate Research students, PhD and MA by research, in line with University best-practice (see the Graduate Research Hub Working with my supervisors web page). The goal of this committee is for academic staff to meet with students to assist with progress in their thesis. Where possible the timing of these committee meetings and most of the written requirements are integrated with the Confirmation and Progress Reviews.

Candidature milestones

The meeting schedule and written requirements are the minimum required by the University and the Faculty of Arts. Schools may have further requirements. For further information please contact your School Graduate Research Administrator.

Candidates will receive the relevant form for their next review approximately two months before the due date (six months before for PhD/MA confirmation reviews). For further information about how review meetings will be organised and any additional School written requirements, candidates should contact their School Graduate Research Administrator.

PhD Advisory Committee meeting Full-time students Part-time students Min. written requirement for presentation to committee
Progress Review * 12 months 2,000 (max.)
Confirmation Review 9-12 months 18-24 months 8-10,000 (includes draft chapters)
Progress Review  36 months As appropriate
PhD Progress Review 24 months 48 months 20,000 (includes draft chapters
Progress Review  60 months As appropriate
Progress Review including section D. Extension or Lapse of Candidature 33-36 months 68-72 months 2,000 (if requiring an extension)

* Please note: Some schools have opted to include a School review for full-time PhD students at about 6 months, to prepare the candidate for Confirmation. For more information please contact your School.

MA Advisory Committee meeting Full-time students Part-time students Min. written requirement for presentation to committee
Progress Review  6 months As appropriate
Confirmation Review 6 months 1 year 4-5,000 words, thesis proposition
Progress Review 1 year 2 years 10,000 (includes draft chapters)
Progress Review including section D. Extension or Lapse of Candidature 18 months 3 years As appropriate