Both PhD and Master’s thesis students must submit regular progress reports.
Progress reporting helps to ensure that candidates receive quality supervision, make suitable progress with their research, receive access to resources and have plans in place for the next phases of their research. If you see problems emerging of any kind, it is best to be open about them in your report. Where problems are identified, these reports 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.
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.
Every May and November, PhD candidates and those enrolled in the thesis component of a professional doctorate must complete a Candidate Development Plan (CDP).
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.
Please refer to our User Guides below to familiarise yourself with the Candidate Development Plan process.
Master’s by Thesis students
Master’s by Thesis students are required to submit progress reports at set points during their enrolment.
The Confirmation of Master’s Research Proposal is due after one month, the Interim Progress Report after three months and the Final Progress Report after eight months. These deadlines are pro rata for part-time students.
Master of Architecture students enrolled in a research portfolio should be aware that the above timeframes differ.
You can access the Confirmation of Master’s thesis research proposal and progress reporting forms on the Faculty of Graduate Research website. School administrators and/or home faculty advisers manage the Masters reporting - check with your administrators about the process in your discipline.