Appendix J: Faculty-specific milestone guidelines

Section 1:

Faculty-specific provisions for confirmation applying to all doctoral students notified of their confirmation milestone by Monash Graduate Education (formerly MIGR) on or before 31 December 2014

Students notified of their confirmation by Monash Graduate Education on or after 1 January 2015 are to refer to Section 2.
(Please contact Monash Graduate Education on mge-candidature@monash.edu if you are unsure if these provisions apply to you).

Confirmation:

Monash University Accident Research Centre

A budget is required for the research project.

Monash Sustainable Development  Institute

PhD
A 20-minute oral presentation.

Written submission: Minimum 5000 words, there is no upper word limit, however, as a guide 50 pages is good for the reviewers. References are excluded from the page count. Addendums/appendices are to be avoided. Tables and figures should be inserted as they are discussed.

Contact MSDI for more detailed guidelines or go to the relevant MSDI webpage.

Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

In addition to the university-wide requirements the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture has specific requirements in relation to confirmation. Please note that students may be required to complete some program requirements  prior to confirmation. See Graduate Research Program Plans for more information.

Course Minimum period prior to confirmation Oral Written submission
PhD (Visual Arts) As with uni-wide requirements (Section 3.10.1.1) A 20-minute oral presentation on the research project is given informally at the main PhD seminar, followed two weeks later by a formal presentation to panel. Members of the review panel are required to attend the later presentation.
The oral presentation explores the visual research undertaken to date and anticipated future research program directions.
The presentation should be supported by a minimum 3000-word draft chapter and 1000-word summary report (including timelines etc)
Transfers Minimum enrolment 9 months EFT. An intention to transfer application must be made to the Faculty Committee of Graduate Studies with supporting statement from supervisor prior to proceeding to transfer. As with PhD In addition to generic progress report requirements a minimum 3000-word draft exegesis chapter is required.

Faculty of Arts

PhD programs in Arts have specific requirements in relation to the written submission (the timing of confirmation and the oral requirements are the same as the university-wide requirements. Please note that students may be required to complete some program requirements prior to confirmation. See Graduate Research Program Plans for more information.

Course Written submission
PhD 7000 to 10,000 word report
Upgrades 7000 to 10,000 word report plus a chapter of their thesis
PhD (Music Performance) A detailed written research proposal of 3000-4000 words and at least 30 minutes of live presentation which will constitute the Year 1 recital.
PhD (Music Composition) A detailed written research proposal of 3000-4000 words and at least one completed composition that is to be included in the final portfolio for examination.
PhD (Creative Writing)

A detailed written document comprising material that focuses on the two parts of the thesis (the creative component and the exegetical).

The student should submit:

  • a segment of the creative component and/or work in progress that focuses on the overall creative project;
  • material that focuses on the exegesis. This section should engage with the creative and theoretical context of the overall project and the relationship between the creative component and the exegesis; and
  • a research plan and timeline for each component.

The total length of the documents submitted should be approximately 10,000 words. The material presented must be focused on the creative component and the exegesis in an approximately 50-50% split, with some flexibility of 60/40 (Creative component and exegesis) respectively in the required words.

Both components should engage with:

- Title of research project

- Statement of the research question
(i) introduction
(ii) research question or hypothesis
(iii) subsidiary questions
(iv) review of relevant research in theory and practice
The Method of Inquiry
(i) framework of creative component
(ii) theoretical and conceptual framework
(iii) analytical techniques
(iv) creative and research approach/design
(v) the relationship between the practical and critical components within the overall project.
The submission must include
- Time-table for completing the overall research project
- Brief Bibliography
- List of publications/productions produced during probationary enrolment if applicable)
PhD (Translation Studies)

An oral presentation and a written submission of approximately 10,000 words.

The written submission must include

  • a segment of the translation component and/or work in progress that focuses on the overall translation project of between 4-6,000 words;
  • material that focuses on the exegesis (this section should engage with the translation and theoretical context of the overall project and the relationship between the translation component and the exegesis) of between 4-6,000 words; and
  • a research plan and timeline for each component.

Note: The material presented must be focused on the translation component and the exegesis in an approximately 50/50% split, with some flexibility of 60/40 (Translation component and exegesis) respectively in the required words.

Both components should engage with:

- Title of research project

- Statement of the research question

(i) introduction
(ii) outline of translation component
(iii) research question or hypothesis of exegesis
(iv) subsidiary questions
(v) review of relevant exegetical research in theory and practice

- The Method of Inquiry

(i) framework of translation component
(ii) theoretical and conceptual framework
(iii) translation strategy and approaches
(iv) the relationship between the practical and critical components within the overall project

The submission must also include:

- Time-table for completing the overall research project
- Brief bibliography
- List of publications/productions produced during probationary enrolment (if applicable)

Faculty of Business and Economics

The Faculty of Business and Economics has no specific requirements in  relation to the oral and written submissions for confirmation (see  university-wide requirements in Section  3.10.1.1) but has coursework completion requirements prior to confirmation.  Please note that students may be required to complete some research skills  training and research coursework requirements prior to confirmation. See  Graduate  Research Program Plans for more information.

Course Pre-confirmation requirement
PhD Compulsory coursework units to be completed, with a mark of not less than 70%, prior to confirmation
Transfers Students transferring to the PhD must satisfy the coursework requirements for the PhD for their discipline, prior to transfer.

Faculty of Education

In addition to the university-wide  requirements, the Faculty of Education has the following requirements in relation to  the written submission for confirmation:

Course Written submission
PhD No more than 10,000 word progress report and research proposal.
Transfers No more than 10,000 word progress report and research proposal.

Faculty of Engineering

In addition to the university-wide requirements, the Faculty of  Engineering has specific oral and written requirements in relation to  confirmation, including a pre-confirmation requirement.

Course Minimum period Oral Written submission
PhD
Pre-confirmation requirement
6 months of full-time enrolment (or equivalent) review with departmental Director of Research Training Verbal discussion between student and the departmental Director of Research Training to establish that the enrolment is on track and to identify and address any issues early in the enrolment No written requirement
PhD and upgrading students 10-12 months of full-time enrolment (or equivalent) A 20-minute oral presentation (open to academia and the public) covering:
  • Literature Review
  • Research completed to date
  • Research issues to be addressed during the PhD
  • Proposed research plan
  • Timetable
  • Statement of possible research implications
Between 5000 to 7500 words comprising a timeline and:
  • Title of research report/thesis
  • Table of Contents
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Research Aims
  • Preliminary Research
  • Proposed Research
  • Contributions of the proposed research
  • Communication of results
  • Timetable
  • References

Faculty of Information Technology

The Faculty of Information Technology has no additional requirements for  confirmation over and above the university-wide  requirements.  Please note that students may  be required to complete some research skills training and research coursework  requirements prior to confirmation. See Graduate Research Program Plans for  more  information.

Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law has specific requirements in relation to the written submission for the confirmation process.

Course Written submission
PhD 1000-word progress report plus an example of the student's written work of up to 7000 words, to be negotiated with the supervisor. A chapter from the thesis is preferable.
Transfers Transferring from LLM (Research) or MPhil to PhD requires completion of two (draft) chapters at the time of confirmation in addition to a progress report.
Doctor of Juridical Science
(SJD)
A research proposal/thesis outline (minimum 1000 words) plus an example of written work, negotiated with the supervisor, of up to 7000 words (this can include research assignments completed in the coursework component).

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has Faculty-specific requirements for all its Higher Degree by Research Students. Students are advised to check with their individual School or Department for local requirements.

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has no faculty specific requirements - however all students are required to meet with the Associate Dean Research Training once confirmation is complete.

Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science requires all Higher Degree by Research students to submit a brief literature review and research project plan in the first 3-6 months of enrolment. Please note that students may be required to complete some research skills training and research coursework requirements prior  to confirmation. See Graduate Research Program Plans for more information.

Section 2:

Faculty-specific provisions applying to all doctoral students from 1 January 2015

Please note: doctoral students notified of their confirmation milestone by the MGE Office on or before 31 December 2014 are to refer to the provisions for confirmation outlined in Section 1 above. (Please contact MGE on mge-candidature@monash.edu if you are unsure if these provisions apply to you).

Confirmation:

Mid Candidature Review / Progress Review

Pre-Submission Seminar / Final Review

Confirmation:

Monash University Accident Research Centre

The report should include a proposed budget for the research project. Please contact MIRI for additional requirements.

Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Please note that students may be required to complete some program requirements prior to the Confirmation milestone. See the Monash Doctoral Program website for more details.

PhD

A 20-minute oral presentation

Written submission: Minimum 5000 words, there is no upper word limit; however, as a guide 50 pages is good for the reviewers. References are excluded from the page count. Addendums/appendices are to be avoided. Tables and figures should be inserted as they are discussed.

Contact MSDI for more detailed guidelines or go to the relevant MSDI webpage.

Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

Candidates enrolled in the Art Design and Architecture Doctoral Program should have successfully completed ADD5091 and ADD5092 prior to presenting for confirmation.

A 20-minute oral presentation (open to academia and the public) on the research project, with emphasis on a discussion of the research question and methodology. The oral presentation should explore the research undertaken to date and anticipated future research program directions.

The presentation will be supported by documentation to be submitted at least 10 days prior to the planned progress review date. Documentation includes:

  1. 1000-word summary report including:
    • discussion of the research question;
    • summary of project progress and/or issues to date;
    • project plan; and
    • time-line to completion
  2. Draft Exegesis chapter (3000 words for practice-based, 5000 words for thesis-only mode candidates)
  3. Images of studio work (practice-based mode only).

Both oral and written components should engage with:

  • Title of research report/thesis
  • Statement of the research question:
    1. research question or hypothesis
    2. subsidiary questions
    3. review of relevant research and theory
  • Method of Inquiry
    1. theoretical and conceptual framework
    2. analytical techniques and research design
    3. the relationship  between practical and critical components within the overall project.

Transfers

  • Minimum period prior to confirmation: Minimum enrolment 9 months EFT and successful completion of Master’s core coursework units.

    An intention to transfer application must be made to the Faculty Graduate Research Office with supporting statement from supervisor prior to proceeding to transfer.
    Oral and written submission: As for PhD confirmation requirements above.

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Business and Economics

PhD
The Faculty of Business and Economics  requires all Graduate Research Students to complete compulsory coursework  units, with a mark of not less than 70% prior to confirmation.
Graduate Research Students are required to  submit a progress  report of a 3,000 – 8,000 word depending on the discipline  area.  Students are advised to check with  their enrolling academic unit for local requirements.

Transfers

Students transferring to the PhD must satisfy  the coursework requirements for their discipline with a mark of not less than  70%, prior to transfer.
Students are to refer  to their academic unit's Graduate Research Program Handbook for more information. (If you do not have a copy of this  document, please contact your graduate research administrator).

Faculty of Education

PhD

  • A 20-minute oral  presentation
  • Interviews with candidate and supervisors (separately)
  • Research proposal and progress report of not more than 10,000 words (including a timeline to completion).

Transfers

  • A 20-minute oral  presentation

A substantial report and research proposal of approximately  10,000 words with extended literature, theory and methodology sections, along  with a timeline to completion.

Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering has specific oral and written requirements in relation to confirmation, including a  pre-confirmation requirement. For students who enrolled in their PhD at Monash on or after 30 June 2016, it also requires that students submit the final draft of their Milestone Review Panel written submission (along with any appendices) to Turnitin prior to the Milestone Review Panel meeting, providing a copy of the Turnitin report to the Panel.

PhD (pre-confirmation  requirement)

  • Minimum  period: 6 months of full-time enrolment(or equivalent) review with  departmental Director of Research Training;
  • Oral:  Verbal discussion between student and the departmental Director of Research  Training to establish that the enrolment is on track and to identify  and address any issues early in the enrolment.

PhD and upgrading students

  • Minimum  period: 10-12 months of full-time enrolment (or equivalent);
  • Oral: A  20-minute oral presentation (open to academia and the public) covering:
    • Literature  Review
    • Research  completed to date
    • Research  issues to be addressed during the PhD
    • Proposed  research plan
    • Timetable
    • Statement  of possible research implications;
  • Written  submission: Between 5000 to 7500 words comprising a timeline and:
    • Title  of research report/thesis
    • Table  of Contents
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Literature  Review
    • Research  Aims
    • Preliminary  Research
    • Proposed  Research
    • Contributions  of the proposed research
    • Communication  of results
    • Timetable
    • References.

Faculty of Information Technology

Generic  requirements

A minimum 20-minute oral presentation at a  departmental seminar and/or viva voce is required. Members of the review panel  should be in attendance. The oral presentation should explore the research  undertaken to date and the anticipated future directions of the research  program.

A progress report and publication list (if applicable)  should be  submitted by the student at least one week prior to the presentation.

A suggested format for the report is as follows:

  • Title of research  report/thesis
  • Statement of the research  problem(s)
  1. Introduction
  2. research question or  hypothesis
  3. subsidiary questions
  4. review of relevant  research and theory
  • The procedure
    1. theoretical and  conceptual framework
    2. analytical techniques and  research design
  • Timetable for completing  the research report/thesis and a detailed statement of progress to date
  • Brief bibliography
  • List of publications  produced during probationary enrolment (if applicable).
  • The progress report should be a minimum of  1000 words.

    Please note that  students may be required to complete some program requirements prior to the  Confirmation milestone. See the Monash Doctoral Program website for  more details.

    Faculty of Law

    Generic oral  presentation requirements

    A minimum 20-minute oral presentation at a  departmental seminar and/or viva voce is required. Members of the review panel  should be in attendance. The oral presentation should explore the research  undertaken to date and the anticipated future directions of the research  program.

    The Faculty of Law has  specific requirements in relation to the written submission for the  confirmation process.

    PhD

    • Written submission:  a minimum of 1,000-word progress report plus an example of the student's written work of up  to 7,000 words, to be negotiated with the supervisor. A chapter from the thesis  is preferable.

    Transfers

    • Written submission:  Transferring from MPhil to PhD requires completion of two (draft) chapters (a minimum of 5,000 words for each chapter) at  the time of confirmation in addition to a progress report.

    Doctor of Juridical  Science (SJD): Written submission: A  research proposal/thesis outline (minimum 1,000 words) plus an essay on the  topic which is approved by the supervisor and is related to the thesis (minimum  3,000 words).  This  written submission  forms part of the assessment of LAW6300 "Doctor of Juridical Science seminar".

    Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Oral Presentation. A minimum 20-minute  oral presentation at a theme/centre seminar is required. Members of the review  panel should be in attendance. The oral presentation should explore the  research undertaken to date and the anticipated future directions  of the  research program.
    Confirmation Report. The candidate will prepare a progress report that  includes: (a) an introduction, which represents an expanded literature review that summarizes existing knowledge and identifies  knowledge gaps that will  be addressed; (b) statement of hypotheses and specific aims; (c) an  updated progress report of work accomplished to date, including results and  discussion, as well as conclusions; (d) updated plans for future work,  including a timetable to completion (in table form);  (e) materials and  methods/experimental (f) bibliography; (g) list of publications from candidate  (papers and abstracts); and (h) list of presentations made by candidate.
    The Confirmation Report should be  single spaced, Times Roman 12 point font, A4 paper, with 2  cm margins. The  Confirmation Report (sections a-d) should not exceed 30 pages, including  figures. The document should be submitted to all Panel members one week before  the meeting (PDF or Word documents).

    The Panel meeting will be run in  the following way:

    • The  Panel Chair will run the meetings. Typical meetings will be for 1 hr and should  follow the format prescribed below.
    • The  candidate will make an initial presentation, usually with slides.
    • The  Panel will engage in a discussion with the candidate about their presentation  and written documents they have prepared. The discussion will include  assessment of the candidate's general knowledge of their field.
    • The  Panel will review the candidate's fulfilment of their program requirements.
    • The  supervisors will leave so that the Panel can discuss with the candidate, in  confidence, any matters of concern to the candidate.
    • The  supervisors will return and the candidate will leave for any further  discussion.
    • The  candidate will return and be informed of the outcome of the meeting, which will  also be communicated by the appropriate Milestone Report Form.

    Faculty of Science

    The Faculty of Science requires all graduate research students to complete an Initial Project Review in the first 3-6 months of enrolment.   The initial project review is the first formal review of a graduate research student's academic performance to ensure that the student is on track and focused from the very beginning of their candidature.  It is also a great opportunity for the candidate and their supervisory team to  receive feedback from the student review panel on the project design, progress-to-date and general research direction.  Students are required to submit a brief  Research Plan including a preliminary literature review.

    Please note that students are required to complete the following prior to the IPR:

    • Monash Graduate Education Induction (online)
    • Research Integrity (online) (to be completed within 30 days of commencement)

    Confirmation:

    The following requirements must be completed as part of the confirmation process:

    • Oral presentation (20-30 minutes) at a seminar in the presence of the Milestone Review Panel
    • Written Progress report

    Please refer to your relevant School guidelines below for further information. (NOTE: the sites below can only be accessed by currently enrolled students. If you are a current student and unable to open these links, please contact your School Graduate Research Administrative Officer).

    Please note that students are required to complete the following prior to confirmation:

    • Faculty of Science Induction
    • Faculty of Science Initial Project Review
    • Project Management (Any Project Management Activity with a minimum of 2.5 hours listed in the suite of Monash Doctoral Program Professional Development Activities.)

    A suggested format for the Written Progress report is as follows:

    Title of research report/thesis

    Statement of the research problem(s)
    i ) research question or hypothesis
    ii) review of relevant research and theory

    Scientific Methodology
    i) theoretical and conceptual framework
    ii) analytical techniques and research design

    Detailed statement of progress to date

    i) summary of key research activities and outcomes
    ii) list of any publications generated from your research to-date
    iii) summary of any change in research direction (if applicable)

    Anticipated Progress in Next 12 Months
    i) brief timetable of planned research activities
    ii) resources required to achieve these outcomes

    Brief bibliography
    * Student to provide a written  summary statement of achievement against the Student Review Panel  recommendations from  the Initial Project Review meeting (where applicable).

    * Interview with the Milestone Review Panel where formal written feedback and  recommendations to be provided to the student.

    Mid Candidature Review / Progress Review

    Monash University Accident Research Centre

    Please contact MUARC for requirements.

    Monash Sustainable Development Institute

    Please note that  students may be required to complete some program requirements prior to the  Mid-Candidature Review / Progress Review milestone. See the Monash Doctoral  Program website for more details.

    WRITTEN COMPONENT

    • Minimum 15,000 to 25,000 words written report submission. This can include: (draft) publications(s) and/or thesis chapters.
    • Traditional Thesis - the report should include a concise introduction and statement of the problem (both of these scholarly and practical). It should also include the research designs and methods and preliminary discussion of key findings and contributions to-date.
    • Thesis Including Published Works - submit at least one article (as submitted or published) and one article in draft.
    • List of publications/presentations
    • Timeline and chapter outline
    • Must demonstrate the contribution to knowledge at this stage of the project through preliminary findings

    May consist of fully drafted sections of the thesis thatshow the preliminary contribution to the field.

    ORAL COMPONENT

    A 20-minute oralpresentation

    Contact MSDI for more detailed guidelines or go to the relevant MSDI webpage.

    Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

    Candidates enrolled in the Art Design and Architecture Doctoral Program should have successfully completed ADD6093 prior to the Progress Review.

    A 20-minute oral presentation (open to academia and the public) on the research project, with emphasis on a discussion of the research question and methodology. The oral presentation should focus on the progress of the visual work/research.

    The presentation will be supported by documentation to be submitted at least 10 days prior to the planned progress review date. Documentation includes:

    1. 1000-word summary report including:
      • summation of progress from Confirmation and any issues to date;
      • summary of project progress and/or issues to date;
      • updated project plan; and
      • time-line to completion
    2. Draft Exegesis chapter (3000 words for practice based, 5000 words for thesis-only mode candidates) distinct from that presented at Confirmation, that addresses either a visual review of the studio work and its value as research (practice-based mode), or a review of how the research thesis is building.
    3. Images of studio work (practice-based mode only).

    Faculty of Arts

    Faculty of Business and Economics

    Please note that  students may be required to complete some program requirements prior to the Mid-Candidature  Review / Progress Review milestone. See the Monash Doctoral Program website for  more details. See your academic unit's Graduate  Research Program Handbook for local requirements.  (If you do not have a copy of this document, please contact your graduate research administrator).

    Faculty of Education

    • 20-minute oral presentation
    • Interviews with candidate and supervisors (separately)
    • Progress report (including a timeline to completion) of between 1,000 and 3,000 words
    • A written paper or a draft chapter from the thesis (The written paper/chapter should be no more than 7,000 words unless it is subject to other word limits, for example, journal article requirements.

    Faculty of Engineering

    The  student is required to make a minimum 20-minute oral presentation at either a  departmental seminar and/or a viva voce at which the members of the review  panel must be in attendance. Many departments and schools run regular research  seminar programs or  presentation opportunities for their students and/or staff,  and these events are considered an appropriate forum for the mid-candidature /  progress review presentations. The oral presentation must explore at least one  aspect of research undertaken to date and note anticipated  future directions of  the research program. The presentation will normally be followed by time for  questions and feedback from the members of the audience. Time should also be  allowed for feedback from the panel in a closed session, together with a review  of  Monash Doctoral Program requirements (where applicable). The student is  required to submit the following to the review panel one week prior to the oral  presentation:

    • an accompanying written paper which demonstrates progress  by the student since Confirmation. This may be a published journal or  conference paper, a draft thesis chapter or a prepared paper of a length  appropriate to the discipline. This paper should be of a standard    that would be  expected for submission at a conference or other public academic event;
    • a progress report (minimum of 1000 words) that includes:
      - a summary of the research project, the proposed thesis  structure (chapter by chapter outline) and the position of the presented  element of the research within the project;
      - the timetable for completing the research report/thesis  developed at Confirmation and a detailed statement of progress towards this  work plan and any actual or proposed variations; and
      - identification of any perceived difficulties that  currently or could      impede the completion of the project according to the work  plan and suggestions to overcome these difficulties.
    • An  activities progress report from GRAMS (where applicable).

    Faculty of Information Technology

    Generic requirements

    The student is required to make a minimum  20-minute oral presentation at either a departmental seminar and/or a viva voce  at which the members of the review panel must be in attendance. Many  departments and schools  run regular research seminar programs or presentation  opportunities for their students and/or staff, and these events are considered  an appropriate forum for the mid-candidature / progress review presentations. The oral  presentation must explore at least one aspect of  research undertaken to date  and note anticipated future directions of the research program. The  presentation will normally be followed by time for questions and feedback from  the members of the audience. Time should also be allowed for feedback from the  panel  in a closed session, together with a review of the any Monash Doctoral Program requirements (where applicable).

    In addition to the  generic requirements, the Faculty of Information Technology has specific  requirements for the Mid-Candidature Review/Progress Review written  submission:

    • Report length: 3,000 -  5,000 words
    • Proposed report  structure:
      • Introduction – Summary of the Research Project:
        -  Motivation/current state of the field and an identification of a  gap in knowledge
        -  Research Objective
        -  Methodology/method/data-collection & analysis
      • Progress since confirmation
      • Proposed Thesis Structure – including a table of the writing  status
      • Publications arising from the thesis – published or planned
      • Potential issues for the panel to consider
        -  Resources/funding requests
        -  Absence of student/supervisor
        -  Other issues.

    In addition, the  Report can contain an appendix with material the student and the main  supervisor deem to be ready for the review. It can come in the form of a draft  thesis chapter (or an excerpt of the chapter) as long as it is material that  the student and  the main supervisor deem ready for the panel feedback. The  student could also attach a conference paper, or any draft of a paper written  by the student.

    Note: An applicant is  asked to provide the report (with all accompanying documentation) at least TWO  weeks prior to the presentation. There can be no expectation that the panel  members will be able to provide constructive feedback if the  report is  submitted in less than 10 days before the presentation.

    Faculty of Law

    The PhD and the Doctor  of Juridical Science (SJD) have specific requirements for both the oral and  written submission.

    • Oral:  Law PhD students are required to present a seminar to an audience within the  Faculty as part of the Faculty HDR Reporting Seminar.

    Written submission: 1000-word progress report  plus a chapter from the thesis which is different from the one submitted at the  confirmation milestone.

    Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Oral Presentation. A minimum 20-minute  oral presentation at a theme/centre seminar is required. Members of the review  panel should be in attendance. The oral presentation should explore the  research undertaken to date and the anticipated future directions  of the  research program.
    24 month Report. Candidates will prepare a progress report update that  includes:

    a)  progress  report update that summarizes progress made since the 12 month milestone (3,000  words); and
    b)  one of  the following: (i) a published paper (preferred); (ii) a submitted manuscript;  or (iii) a draft thesis chapter containing the candidate's results.

    The document should be submitted  to all Panel members one week before the meeting (PDF or Word documents). The  Panel meeting will be run in the following way:

    • The Panel Chair will run the meetings. Typical       meetings will be for 1 hr and should follow the format prescribed below.
    • The candidate will make an initial presentation,       usually with slides.
    • The Panel will engage in a discussion with the       candidate about their presentation and written documents they have       prepared. The discussion will include assessment of the candidate's general       knowledge    of their field.
    • The Panel will review the candidate's fulfilment       of any program requirements.
    • The supervisors will leave so that the Panel can       discuss with the candidate, in confidence, any matters of concern to the       candidate.
    • The supervisors will return and the candidate       will leave for any further discussion.
    • The candidate will return and be informed of the       outcome of the meeting, which will also be communicated by the appropriate       Candidature Milestone Form.

    The Panel will evaluate the candidate's understanding of their  specific project and their general knowledge of their field of research. The  Panel should focus advice to the candidate on planning the final 12 months of  research to allow for preparation of a well-structured  thesis.

    Faculty of Science

    The following requirements must be completed as part of the Mid-Candidature Review / Progress Review process:

    • Oral presentation (20-30 minutes) at a seminar in the presence of the Milestone Review Panel
    • Written paper which demonstrates progress by the student since Confirmation.  This may be a published journal or conference paper, a draft thesis chapter or a prepared paper of a length appropriate to the discipline.
    • Timeline outlining future actions towards completion (max. 500 words)
    • Student to provide a written summary statement of achievement against the Milestone Review Panel recommendations from the previous milestone review (where applicable).
    • Interview with the Milestone Review Panel where formal written feedback and recommendations to be provided to the student.

    Please refer to your relevant School guidelines below for further information. (NOTE: the sites below can only be accessed by currently enrolled students. If you are a current student and unable to open these links, please contact your School Graduate Research Administrative Officer).

    Pre-Submission Seminar / Final Review

    Monash University Accident Research Centre

    Please contact MUARC for requirements.

    Monash Sustainable Development Institute

    Please note that  students may be required to complete some program requirements prior to the  Pre-Submission Seminar / Final Review milestone. See the Monash Doctoral  Program website for more details.

    Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

    A 20-minute oral presentation (open to academia and the public) on the research project, with emphasis on the final shape of the research and its conclusions. The presentation should explore:

    • For studio/project mode: a review of the studio/project work and how it will be exhibited for examination, as well as an outline of the final structure of the written exegesis;
    • For thesis mode: a review of the final structure of the written thesis

    The presentation will be supported by documentation to be submitted at least 10 days prior to the planned progress review date. Documentation includes:

    1. 1000-word summary report including:
      • summary of project progress and/or issues to date;
      • statement of anticipated contribution the PhD is making to the field;
      • outstanding work to completion; and
      • updated time-line to completion
    2. Draft of the Exegesis’ concluding chapter (3000 words for practice-based, 5000 words for thesis-only mode candidates).
    3. Draft Examination Exhibition plan, and images of studio work (practice-based mode only).

    Faculty of Arts

    Faculty of Business and Economics

    Students are to refer to their academic unit's Graduate Research Program Handbook for more information. (If you do not have a copy of this  document, please contact your graduate research administrator).

    Faculty of Education

    • 20 minute oral presentation.
    • Interviews with candidate and supervisors (separately)
    • Progress report (including a timeline to completion) of between 1,000 words and 3,000 words
    • A written paper or a draft chapter from the thesis. (The written paper/chapter should be no more than 7,000 words unless it is subject to other word limits, for example, journal article requirements).

    Faculty of Engineering

    Doctoral students are required to give an oral presentation and thesis/exegesis summary  at a pre-submission seminar / final review.

    Students  enrolled in the Monash Doctoral Program  will need to have completed all program requirements by the Pre-Submission Seminar  / Final Review milestone

    The student is required to present a public seminar to a critical audience  which      includes a designated review panel. The seminar should provide a summary  of the thesis structure and findings and describe, in greater detail, at least  one element of the research. The presentation should normally be followed by  time for open questions. Time for feedback      should be provided by the review  panel in a closed session.

    The student is required to submit a thesis summary and chapter outline,  and an activities progress  report from GRAMS  (where applicable), to the review panel one week prior to the seminar.      The  thesis summary should provide a brief overview of the research project and the  main findings and a more detailed explanation of the research element presented  at the seminar. The written submission should not exceed 3000 words.

    Faculty of Information Technology

    Generic  requirements

    Doctoral  students are required to give an oral presentation and thesis/exegesis summary  at a pre-submission seminar at approximately six months prior to the enrolment  end date.

    Students      enrolled in the Monash  Doctoral Program will need to have completed all program requirements by the  Pre-Submission Seminar / Final Review milestone.

    The student is required to present a public seminar to a critical audience  which includes a designated review      panel. The seminar should provide a summary  of the thesis structure and findings and describe, in greater detail, at least  one element of the research. The presentation should normally be followed by  time for open questions. Time for feedback should be provided by the      review  panel in a closed session.

    The student is required to submit a thesis summary and chapter outline,  and an activities progress  report from GRAMS  (where applicable), to the review panel one week prior to the seminar. The  thesis summary      should provide a brief overview of the research project and the  main findings and a more detailed explanation of the research element presented  at the seminar. The written submission should not exceed 3000 words.

    Faculty of Law

    The PhD and the Doctor of Juridical Science  (SJD) have specific requirements for both the oral and written submission:

    • Students are required  to present a seminar to an audience within the Faculty as part of the Faculty  HDR Reporting Seminar; and
    • Provide a 3000-word  thesis summary or the conclusion chapter.

    Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Thesis Summary and  Chapter Outline. The thesis summary (<  3,000 words) should provide an overview of the research project and the main  findings. The chapter outline should provide the chapter and section headings  in numbered format. The      document should  be submitted to all Panel members one week before the meeting (PDF or Word  documents).
    Panel Meeting. The Panel Meeting should commence with a 20-30 min  presentation by the candidate of their Thesis Summary and Chapter Outlines. The Panel will undertake broad‐ranging questioning of the candidate. The Panel will  need to be convinced that the candidate has sufficient research data and  development as an independent researcher to progress to submission. The  candidate must also demonstrate satisfactory completion of any program requirements. The Panel will also provide to the candidate on the chapter  outline and advice as to the most desirable path to successful completion. The  Panel should also offer assistance in career planning at this meeting.

    Faculty of Science

    The following requirements must be completed as part of the final review process:

    • Present a public seminar to a critical audience in the presence of the Milestone Review Panel
    • Written paper which demonstrates progress by the student since Confirmation. This may be a published journal or conference paper, a draft thesis chapter or a prepared paper of a length appropriate to the discipline.
    • Timeline outlining future actions towards completion and planned date of  thesis submission as agreed to by the supervisory team (max. 500 words)
    • Student to provide a written  summary statement of achievement against the Milestone Review Panel recommendations from the previous milestone review (where applicable).
    • Interview with the Milestone Review Panel where formal written feedback and recommendations to be provided to the student.

    Please refer to your relevant School guidelines below for further information. (NOTE: the sites below can only be accessed by currently enrolled students. If you are a current student and unable to open these links, please contact your School Graduate Research Administrative Officer).

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