As part of your research higher degree there are a few key milestones you need to complete including the confirmation process and annual progress report.

Confirmation and progress

Two key aspects of your research higher degree are the confirmation process and the completion of regular progress reports.

Confirmation Process

All research higher degree students must complete the confirmation process within the first twelve months of starting. The purpose is to support students in the early part of their degree. It provides feedback on:

  • research direction
  • methodologies
  • standard of writing

This process allows any issues to be identified and fixed quickly.

The confirmation process involves presenting a written proposal and oral presentation to the Confirmation Committee. In this meeting you will also be asked questions and expected to defend your research proposal.

The issues of ethics and safety approvals; intellectual property; and data retention and management must also be considered. Your school may also have additional requirements for your discipline so you should check with your Research Higher Degree Confirmation Convenor or Head of School.

For more information see the confirmation year guidelines (PDF, 106KB).


Progress Reports

All research higher degree students need to complete an annual progress report in November each year. The report is an opportunity for you to reflect on and measure your progress, your supervision, the resources that are available to you and to identify any barriers to meeting your completion targets.

There are three parts to the report:

Section A - Candidate's Report: This is a confidential report which will not be shown to your supervisor.

Section B - Supervisor's Report: This is a confidential report from your supervisor which you will not see.

Section C - Joint Report: from candidate and supervisor on completion targets.

Please answer all questions honestly. The identification of difficulties will allow problems to be addressed. You are welcome to seek advice from the staff of the Office of Graduate Studies before completing the report.

Some candidates will also be required to complete a mid-year progress report in May/June. A mid-year progress report will be required if:

  • concerns were expressed about your previous annual progress report
  • your Research Training Scheme (RTS) entitlement has expired
  • you are an international student

Report templates and resources

  • Section A (DOC, 112KB)
  • Section B (DOC, 108KB)
  • Section C (DOC, 97.9KB)
  • Instructions (DOC, 94.7KB)