Steps of Progression in a Postgraduate Research Candidature

The Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC) 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)
* download the Progress Planning and Review for Higher Degree by Research Students Policy
* visit the Higher Degree by Research Webpage; the Faculty Postgraduate Handbook; and the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) webpage.

0 - 6 months

* attend the Postgraduate Research Seminars on 3-5pm Tuesdays in S226 Seminar Room, Level 2, John Woolley Building (Media and Communications entrance)

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 Postgraduate Research Seminars on 3-5pm Tuesdays in S226 Seminar Room, Level 2, John Woolley Building (Media and Communications entrance) AND present a 20-minute paper.
* attend the Wednesday English Department Research Seminars (3-5pm, S226 Seminar Room).

9 - 12 months

* compete your annual progress review via the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC), which includes both an online form, and interview with a panel of academic staff
* submit one chapter (10,000 words)
* probationary status reviewed (as part of annual progress review)

Year 2

12 - 24 months

* attend the Postgraduate Research Seminars and the English Department Research 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

* compete your annual progress review via the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC), which includes both an online form, and an interview with a panel of academic staff
* 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, 35,000-40,000 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 Postgraduate Research Seminars and the English Department Research Seminars

30 months

* all major secondary reading complete
* submit a fourth chapter (total work in draft now approximately 75% of final thesis, 52,000-60,000 words)

30 - 36 months

* compete your annual progress review via the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC), which includes both an online form, and an interview with a panel of academic staff
* 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
* complete notice of intention to submit form

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 MPhil

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

Year 1

0 months

* establish contact and consultation procedures (student and supervisor)
* download the Progress Planning and Review for Higher Degree by Research Students Policy
* visit the Higher Degree by Research Webpage; the Faculty Postgraduate Handbook; and the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) webpage.

0 - 6 months

* attend the Postgraduate Research Seminars on 3-5pm Tuesdays in S226 Seminar Room, Level 2, John Woolley Building (Media and Communications entrance)


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

* compete your annual progress review via the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC), which includes both an online form, and an interview with a panel of academic staff
* probationary status reviewed (as part of annual progress review)
* 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 Postgraduate Research Seminars on 3-5pm Tuesdays in S226 Seminar Room, Level 2, John Woolley Building (Media and Communications entrance)
* attend the Wednesday English Department Research Seminars (3-5pm, S226 Seminar Room).

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
* complete notice of intention to submit form

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.