Transfers and milestones

Q. I’ve transferred from another university where I was already confirmed. Do I have to do confirmation again?

This will be assessed when you apply to transfer. You may not need to confirm if you have completed a similar milestone at another university.

Q. I’m part-time and transferring from a Master’s degree to a PhD. What happens if I fail my milestone?

If you are a part-time student and fail your milestone, there are two possible outcomes:

  1. You can fail a milestone at PhD level while meeting the milestone requirements at Master’s level. If this is the case, then you will stay enrolled in the Master’s degree and you can apply to transfer to the PhD at a later review of your progress. Once you and your supervisor think you are ready to meet with your Progress Committee again for this purpose, write to the Graduate Research School at

    It is best to avoid transferring late in your degree. This is because the longer you are enrolled in the Master’s degree, the closer you will get to your current expected work submission date and the less time you will have in the PhD to complete your thesis at the higher level.
  2. If you (also) fail the milestone the Master’s level, you will need to work through the Progress Support Plan with your supervisors and Progress Committee. Then you need to re-attempt the Master’s level milestone by going through the normal procedure.