Overview

Research training at The University of Queensland is research and professional development. It is more than a thesis. It is ‘training in research’ plus ‘training by research’. It is expected that Higher Degree by Research candidates will acquire and develop the following attributes:

  • knowledge and skills in the field of study;
  • effective communication skills;
  • critical judgment and research skills;
  • independence and creativity;and
  • ethical and social understanding.

Graduates are required to demonstrate attainment of these attributes through a variety of means, including successful attainment of three academic milestones.

Milestone Extensions

PhD candidates who attained their Confirmation milestone prior to January 1st 2019 may apply for:

  • Up to 3 x 3 month (FTE) extensions during their candidature, including submission.

PhD candidates who attained their Confirmation Milestone after January 1st 2019 may apply for:

  • Up to 2 x 3 month (FTE) extensions during their candidature, including submission.

MPhil candidates may apply for:

  • Up to a maximum of 4.5 months (FTE) during their candidature, including submission, with no request exceeding 3 months in duration.

No more than two extensions may be used per milestone. The timing and use of the extensions is at the discretion of the candidate and their advisory team. Further extensions will only be approved on a case-by-case basis where the candidate experiences events which have direct impact on the progress of research. For example, this may include:

  • partial or total destruction of research samples or data due to natural disasters leading to the research being unable to be recreated within the maximum extension period;
  • failure of essential equipment leading to research being unable to be recreated within the maximum extension period.

Where an extension is being sought, the request via the Candidature Management Portal must be submitted to the Graduate School at least 2 weeks prior to the milestone due date.

Candidates who do not achieve a milestone after the following periods of FTE candidature will be liable for a review of candidature:

 

PhD

MPhil

Confirmation

18 months

9 months

Mid-Candidature Review

30 months

15 months

Final Thesis Review

42 months

21 months

Submission

48 months

24 months