Milestone Review

Research candidates undertake three Milestone Review presentations during candidature to meet RMIT University’s School of Graduate Research requirements for Higher Degrees Research.

This includes submitting formal documentation and meeting requirements outlined specifically for the Confirmation of Candidature Review, Second Milestone Review, and Third Milestone Review.

The criteria for each milestone review (as outlined by the SGR):

Section A – for Confirmation of Candidature reviews “REVIEW 1”

Confirmation of candidature Assessment Criteria: Panels are looking for:

a) A clear summary explication of the candidate’s professional practice history/background and its relationship to the current research.

b) Evidence that the candidate has begun to adequately reflect on project work produced prior to the degree commencing and/or since enrolment.

c) Evidence that the candidate understands their practice to be situated within a broader framework/community of practice.

d) An indication that the research is original and will produce new knowledge (as required for PhD).

e) A clear and viable schema for completing the degree, including a specific timeline of the research program from confirmation to completion.

f) Evidence that any considerations relating to research integrity, such as a need for ethics approval, Intellectual Property agreements, or copyright clearances, are being addressed.

Doctoral candidates must submit written work to the Review Panel which satisfies the following requirements:

The portfolio of work must include a research proposal comprising: 3,000 to 6,000 words (or equivalent in images, designs, models, plans, performance video or sound recording).

Section B – for Mid candidature reviews “REVIEW 2”

Mid candidature assessment criteria: Panels are looking for:

a) Presentation of project work of sufficient quality and quantity to support a coherent and critical account of that work.

b) Evidence that the candidate has been undertaking detailed reflection on the project work presented.

c) Evidence that the candidate is situating their practice within a broader framework/community of practice.

d) A clear and viable schema for completing the degree, including a timeline of the research program from the mid-point to completion.

e) A viable plan for the final form of the research outcome – particularly concerning the project work, exhibition and explication.

Doctoral candidates must submit written work to the Review Panel which satisfies the following minimum requirements:

The portfolio of work must include a draft of the exegesis comprising 8,000 to 10 000 words or equivalent in images, designs, models, plans, performance, video or sound recording. Project based candidates may submit additional sample writings such as a refereed journal article or conference paper and/or an exhibition or project overview, possibly with catalogue and/or media reviews.

Section C – for Completion Seminar reviews “REVIEW 3”

Completion seminar assessment criteria: Panels are looking for:

a) Evidence of a coherent account of the candidate’s research/project work, developed though detailed reflection and demonstrating a capacity to analyse and theorise the research.

b) Evidence that the candidate has adequately situated their research project work within a broader framework/community of practice.

c) An indication that the research is original and has produced new knowledge (PhD candidates) or appropriate to the level of a Masters by research degree.

d) Evidence of a clear plan and designed approach for all components of the examination.

e) Evidence that the written component (exegesis/ADR) is sufficiently developed for a viable submission at least two months prior to the proposed examination date.

Doctoral candidates must submit written work to the Review Panel which satisfies the following minimum requirements:

The portfolio of work must include an almost complete draft of the final exegesis, upper word limit of 40,000 and images designs, models metrics, plans performance, video or sound recording which illustrate the project.

The final project outcome, be it product or artefact, will be represented, appropriately by images, recordings or text as relevant to research and submitted to the review panel as part of the portfolio. Project based candidates may submit additional sample writing as well, such as refereed journal article or conference paper, and/or an exhibition or project overview, possibly with catalogue and/or media reviews.

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