Faculty of Graduate Research

Progress Reports

Both PhD and Master’s by Thesis students must submit regular progress reports. PhD candidates submit their reports, called Candidate Development Plans (CDP's), online, while Master’s by Thesis students use a paper-based system.

Issues raised in these reports that are of concern to postgraduate students generally will be brought to the attention of the Faculty of Graduate Research.

Master’s by Thesis Students

Master’s by Thesis students need to submit progress reports at set points during their enrolment. The first report is due after one month (the “Confirmation of Master’s Research Proposal”), the second after 3 months (the “Interim” progress report) and the last after 8 months (the “Final” progress report). These deadlines are doubled for part-time students.

These reports allow you to report on your progress and identify any issues.

You can access these forms here.

PhD Candidates

Every May and November, PhD candidates Victoria must complete a Candidate Development Plan. These plans are part of the University's audit procedures, but also help to ensure that candidates receive quality supervision, make suitable progress with their research, receive access to resources and have plans in place for the subsequent six-month period. If you see problems emerging of any kind, it is best to be open about them in your Candidate Development Plan. Where problems are identified, these plans allow for steps to be taken to resolve them as soon as possible. You can raise any issues of concern to you. These might include:

  • the type or amount of feedback you get from your supervisor
  • library facilities
  • research resources
  • ... or anything else.

Candidate Development Plans are completed online. Students will be notified by email when each reporting round opens; the email will contain a link to the online system or you can access the system here.

Candidate Development Plans are due in May and November each year.

CDP User Guides

DocumentFile SizeFile Type
Guidelines for PhD Candidates321KBPDF
Guidelines for Supervisors290KBPDF
Guidelines for Heads of School289KBPDF
Guidelines for Associate Deans287KBPDF
Guidelines for Administrators314KBPDF