Postponing milestones

Progress Milestone dates can be postponed for a certain period of time. This period of time depends on your degree. The maximum postponement periods (or equivalent full-time) for milestones are

  • 8 weeks per milestone and 16 weeks overall for the Master’s by research, and
  • 12 weeks per milestone and 36 weeks overall for Doctoral degrees.

If you do not feel ready to submit a milestone Progress Report within twenty days of the due date and you want to postpone it, you must have a valid reason to do so.

Valid reasons to request a postponement include

  • academic progress delays
  • you are requesting to transfer from a Masters’ by research to a Doctoral degree at confirmation, and thus need to postpone confirmation to align with the doctoral requirements

A milestone postponement can be requested by you or your principal supervisor using the Postponement form, and must be approved by your Graduate Research Coordinator.

Longer postponements can be given in exceptional circumstances with the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

If illness, carer or other responsibilities have prevented you from working on your research, you should consider leave of absence or other variations to candidature.

If you take leave of change from full-time to part-time candidature, your milestone due dates, expected work submission date and maximum completion date will be adjusted accordingly without needing to apply separately to postpone.

If you make no attempt to meet milestone requirements by conclusion of your maximum postponement period, you will be asked to Show Cause.