Steps of Progression in a Postgraduate Research Candidature

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will advise you of a plan for managing your candidature. The English Department has developed a more detailed set of guidelines (Steps of Progression), outlined below. These are suggestions for goals and procedures and should be discussed and adapted by you and your supervisor.

Steps of Progression to a PhD

Full-time, over three and a half years, beginning in First semester

Year 1

0 months

* establish contact and consultation procedures (student and supervisor)
* obtain University Postgraduate Research Studies Handbook, Faculty Postgraduate Handbook, Departmental Postgraduate Brochure and information from SUPRA

0 - 6 months

* attend the First Year Postgraduate Research Seminar on Tuesday nights (5 to 7pm, Rogers Room) and the English Research Seminars on Friday.

3 months

* review of topic and methodology (student and supervisor)
* review of supervision relationship (student and supervisor)

6 months

* submit your comprehensive research plan and compulsory literature review (7500-10,000 words)

6 - 9 months

* attend the First Year Postgraduate Seminar on Tuesday nights (5 to 7pm, Rogers Room) AND present a 20-minute paper. Attend the Friday Research Seminars.

9 - 12 months

* return the Annual Review Report sent out in September by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and attend English Department annual review interview (November)
* submit one chapter (10,000 words)
* probationary status reviewed (December)

Year 2

12 - 24 months

* attend the Advanceed Postgraduate Research Seminars and the Friday seminars
* travel overseas or within Australia to visit archives or other research facilities as appropriate


18 months

* submit a second chapter (10,000 words)

18 - 24 months

* return the Annual Review Report sent out in September by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and attend English Department annual review interview (November)
* refine part of the work into a 20-minute conference paper


24 months

* submit a third chapter and summary of research (total work in draft now approximately 50% of final thesis, 35,000-50,000 words)

Year 3

24 - 30 months

* refine conference paper or some other appropriate part of the work suitable for submission to an academic journal

24 - 36 months

* attend the Advanced Postgraduate Research Seminars and Friday seminars

30 months

* all major secondary reading complete
* submit a fourth chapter (total work in draft now approximately 75% of final thesis, 52,000-75,000 words)

30 - 36 months

* return the Annual Review Report sent out in September by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and attend English Department annual review interview (November)
* refine appropriate part(s) of the work suitable for submission to academic journals


Final 6 months

36 months

* submit thesis draft to supervisor (excluding introduction and conclusion)

39 months

* submit full draft to supervisor (including introduction and conclusion)
* supervisor to review the draft and makes final recommendations
* notice of intention to submit form submitted to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

42 months

* submission

Steps of progression to a DArts

Students should take into account the steps listed for a PhD candidate and, in consultation with their supervisor, adapt them to fit their individual case, allowing the first year for the completion of the agreed coursework units of study.

Steps of progression to an MPhi

Full-time, over two years, beginning in First semester:

Year 1

0 months

* establish contact and consultation procedures (student and supervisor)
* obtain Faculty Postgraduate Handbook, Departmental Postgraduate Brochure and information from SUPRA

0 - 6 months

* attend the First Year Postgraduate Seminar on Tuesday nights (5 to 7pm, Rogers Room) and Friday seminars

3 months

* review of topic and methodology (student and supervisor)
* review of supervision relationship (student and supervisor)

6 months

* submit your comprehensive research plan and compulsory literature review (7500-10,000 words)

6 - 8 months

* submit your comprehensive research plan and compulsory literature review (7500-10,000 words)

8 months

* submit one chapter (7, 000 words)

9 - 12 months

* return the Annual Review Report sent out in September by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and attend English Department annual review interview (November)
* probationary status reviewed (December)
* submit a second chapter (total work in draft now approximately 50% of final thesis, around 20,000 words)

Year 2

12-24 months

* attend the Advanced Postgraduate Research Seminars and Friday seminars

14 months

* submit a third chapter (7,000 words)

16 months

* submit a fourth chapter (total work in draft now approximately 75% of final thesis, around 30,000-35,000 words)

18 months

* submit thesis draft to supervisor (excluding introduction and conclusion)

21 months

* submit full draft to supervisor (including introduction and conclusion)
* supervisor to review the draft and make final recommendations
* notice of intention to submit form submitted to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

24 months

* submission

Steps of progression to a MA (Research)

Students should take into account the steps listed for a MPhil candidate and, in consultation with their supervisor, adapt them to fit their individual case, allowing time for the completion of any agreed coursework units of study.