Flight PhD is cleared for take-off; the baggage is stowed and you’re about to embark on one of the most exciting adventures of your life.
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Flight PhD is cleared for take-off; the baggage is stowed and you’re about to embark on one
of the most exciting adventures of your life. But along with the excitement and anticipation,
it’s natural that you might also feel a little anxious: What will the outcomes be? Is your
research really worthwhile? Are you putting all your eggs in one basket?
Right now, your destination seems a long way off, but completion date will come round
faster than you think! Don’t worry, we’ll support you to make good progress and achieve
timely and successful completion. You should aim:
To be ready for examination in three and a half years
To publish your research along the way, and
To develop into an independent researcher.
You’ll know if you’re on the right track if you’re:
meeting regularly with your supervisors and keeping records of the outcomes
maintaining a research training plan and
completing the required coursework and milestones on time.
Finally you should be attending PhD Up workshops and engaging with others in your
There are three formal, panel-based milestone reviews on Flight PhD where you’ll get expert
feedback and guidance.
At each milestone you’ll submit written documentation and give a presentation of your
research to date.
Milestones are great opportunities – not only to share your research but to discover what
other research is happening in your School.
You should aim to present around 3 months ahead of your milestone deadline so you have
time to make changes if necessary.
You may experience some instability along the way. This could be due to technical issues,
uncertainties about your research, or not maintaining a healthy work / life balance.
Don’t wait for the next milestone review to raise any concerns, raise them immediately with
your supervisors or HDR staff.
You can also get confidential advice from:
The RMIT Counselling Service, who can assist with stress and study issues, the Safer
Community Unit if you are experiencing unwanted or threatening behaviour, and the School
of Graduate Research for advice on RMIT policies.
The School of Graduate Research also has a range of inflight services to keep you engaged
throughout your journey. These include travel grants and research seminars, Thesis Boot
Camp, internships, PhD Up, and Three Minute Thesis.
So, on behalf of Flight PhD and the School of Graduate Research, settle back, enjoy the rest
of your flight and we look forward to supporting you all the way to your destination.