History Mid-Candidature Review Milestone

Please carefully read through the following requirements. If any further advice is required, contact the School Research Higher Degree Administrative Officer.


Mid-Review Documents

Must be submitted no later than 10 working days before Milestone Presentations to the School Research Higher Degree Administrative Officer.

Student Academic Portfolio

This document must be updated to reflect your progress since Confirmation, and must be signed by your Principal Advisor before it is submitted to the School Research Higher Degree Administrative Officer.

This document must demonstrate:

  • you have a sharply defined topic with parameters of research clearly established;
  • you have an awareness of critical issues and debates pertaining to your thesis topic;
  • you have an appropriate and rigorously developed research plan and strategies;
  • there is a logical shape or structure to your research; and
  • you have realistic and adequate aims and objectives for the period leading up to the thesis review.
Research Document

Candidates at the Mid-Candidature Review Milestone are required to submit a 'research document' which shows some of the results of their endeavours to date.

  • The research document may be a draft thesis chapter (or part thereof) or an article or other publication, whether accepted for publication or under consideration.
  • The research document should be a minimum of 5,000 words in length for PhD candidates; 3,000 for MPhil candidates. Where possible, please provide a complete chapter.
  • A relevant bibliography must be provided.
  • This document must read coherently, be referenced properly, and be proof-read.

At the Mid-Candidature Review Milestone you should be able to demonstrate in the written component of the submission.

  • Completion of an appropriate portion of the thesis to PhD or MPhil standard depending on candidature.
  • Realistic and adequate aims and objectives for the period leading to the Thesis Review.
Oral Presentation
  • At mid candidature review, Research Higher Degree candidates are required to complete a 10 minute presentation on progress to date and any problems encountered, to be directed to the Advisory committee.

All Research Higher Degree candidates, at all Milestones, are required to attend an interview up to 50 minutes with a Milestones committee. The committee will, after interviewing the candidate, provide written feedback and advice.


Your Milestone Committee will advise you of their decision at the end of the interview, and will elaborate in written feedback within two weeks of the interview.

  • If your Milestone Committee agrees that attainment of the Milestone should be granted, a form to this effect is completed and sent to the Graduate School.
  • If your Milestone Committee does not consider that you have fulfilled the requirements for the attainment of a Milestone, the committee will detail, in written feedback, what you must rectify or improve on in your submission. You then have the opportunity to address the concerns of the committee, usually within a maximum of three months. Your committee will set out a timeline at the end of the interview if you are required to resubmit documents. The committee may or may not require a further interview.
  • In very rare cases, the committee may recommend termination of candidature if the candidate has not met the requirements after two attempts, and if the committee can see no likely prospect of the candidate being able to do so.

Please read through the information below to ensure you are fully informed of the procedure:

University-wide policy, Research Higher Degree Candidature Progression and Development: https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/4.60.05-research-higher-degree-candidature-progression-and-development

UQ Graduate School Completing Each Milestone: http://www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/completing-each-milestone