The research degree process
Graduate research students are required to undertake a program of research that culminates in the submission of an original thesis. At UTS, we consider the journey to the completion of the thesis to be an important part of the overall research process. This program of research is expected to adhere to research management best practice.
The Graduate Research Candidature Management, Thesis Preparation and Submission Procedures is a resource for supervisors and research students to reference throughout the student’s candidature. It also outlines the UTS Graduate Research Education Framework (GREF) which articulates the support students will receive and are expected to engage with while undertaking a graduate research degree at UTS. Here is a snapshot:
Stages of Candidature
There are 3 stages of candidature which are mapped to the research lifecycle. Each stage is expected to last approximately one-third of the students’ candidature and culminates in a written and oral assessment. These stages are:
Stage 1: Confirmation of Candidature (concept, project plan, FINER Proposal)
Stage 2: Confirmation of Advanced Progress (midway through implementation)
Stage 3: Readiness to Submit (ready to complete wrap-up)
Graduate Research Study Plan
A Graduate Research Study Plan is developed between the research student and supervisor at the beginning of candidature, to provide a roadmap for development skills, goals and planned progression. It should be regularly reviewed and updated.
Review of Progress
At the end of each year of the student’s candidature (unless they’re under examination), they must complete a Review of Progress (ROP). As the supervisor, you have a distinct role to play in helping students complete this process.