School of Chemical Engineering

Your Thesis Review should take place 10-12 months (PhD) or 5-6 months (MPhil) after the Mid-Candidature Review (or the part-time equivalents). It should be approximately three months before the expected submission date of your thesis. If there are valid reasons why this will not be possible then the Postgraduate Coordinator should be consulted and an application made to the Graduate School to extend the milestone due date.

Graduate School forms can be found on the UQ Graduate School website.


The Thesis Review committee should ideally consist of the same people who formed the previous milestone committees. If changes are unavoidable, the same guidelines as for the confirmation committee are to be followed.


One to two weeks before the Thesis Review, you should submit the following to the committee via their principal advisor (a PDF copy should also be sent to the Postgraduate Administrative Officer):

  • A short statement addressing the recommended achievements as set out at the mid-candidature milestone
  • One or more papers that have been (or will shortly be) submitted to a peer-reviewed journal since the previous milestone (if no publications have been prepared then a 4-5 page summary of progress since the previous milestone will be required)
  • A list of conferences attended and presentations made, including talks to local discipline groups (presentation abstracts should be appended)
  • Future plans for papers
  • A draft thesis chapter outline and one complete substantiative chapter
  • Evidence of a conference presentation or school based seminar given since the previous milestone, and of feedback received by the student about their performance (if necessary the student should organise to give a seminar at which the milestone committee is present)
  • A proposed thesis submission date


You will be interviewed by the committee, during which time you must be able to demonstrate that you have met the expectations established at the previous milestone. You should aim to answer questions confidently to show your advanced understanding of your study area. The committee will also discuss with you your plans to ensure a timely submission of your thesis. Possible nominations for thesis examiners should also be discussed, as these are required by the Graduate School about one month before the expected thesis submission date.

If you are contemplating having an oral examination as part of your thesis examination process (or if you are required to have one by virtue of being a jointly enrolled PhD, Cotutelle student etc.) then the implications of this should be discussed. It is expected that the interview will take up to one hour. Verbal feedback will also be given.

The committee will complete a milestone evaluation document and return it to the Postgraduate Administrative Officer, of which you will receive a copy. This document provides constructive feedback on your progress.

A Graduate School ‘milestone achieved’ form should be completed by the principle advisor and signed by the student and Postgraduate Coordinator for forwarding to the Graduate School.