Second milestone review
Congratulations, this marks the mid-way point of your research degree. You will now be starting to gain a sense of the ultimate shape of your project or thesis. This milestone review is an opportunity for you to take stock of your progress and to receive valuable feedback from your research community.
Successful completion of this milestone indicates that you are well on the way to a timely completion.
As with your other milestones, your presentation for your second milestone review must occur within your milestone window. Your ‘milestone due date’ is the last day of your milestone window and you should plan to present well before this date. If you are a:
- PhD candidate, you must complete your second milestone review between 1.5 and 2 EFSTL (between 18 and 24 months after your commencement date if you are enrolled full-time or between 36 and 48 months if you are part-time).
- Masters by Research candidate, you must complete your second milestone review between 0.75 and 1 EFTSL (between 9 and 12 months after your commencement date if you are enrolled full-time or between 18 and 24 months if you are part-time).
You will receive automated reminders about your milestone due date.
If your milestone review presentation has not already been scheduled when you receive your first reminder, contact your supervisors or HDR Administrator to discuss this.
As part of your Second milestone review you’ll produce a significant piece of work (written work and/or creative project) and present your research to your Review Panel and wider research community. Candidature milestone reviews provides information about the presentation, milestone outcomes and what happens if you are not able to meet your milestone within your milestone window.
The written component for this milestone is a draft of your work towards your thesis or dissertation and a summary of your work and research so far.
If you are submitting a thesis, your draft should be of at least two chapters, or the equivalent in draft or published papers, as appropriate for your discipline.
If you are submitting a dissertation as a part of project-based research, your draft work should include a portfolio of your work, including a draft of your dissertation. Please discuss the specific requirements for your milestone with your supervisory team.
You summary document must include:
- your thesis/project title
- a summary or abstract of your research
- an explanation of how your research is situated in the context of your discipline or community of practice
- a list of key readings and references
- an outline/summary of your progress against your research plan
- a summary of any changes to your candidature since your confirmation of candidature.
Your school or discipline may have additional requirements for this milestone. It is very strongly recommended that you discuss this with your supervisory team and/or HDR Coordinator before submitting your documentation for this milestone.
You should submit the written component to your supervisors and HDR Administrator at least 15 days before your milestone presentation. This is to ensure that it can be distributed to and reviewed by your panel before your presentation.