Student using a microscope

All doctoral students are enrolled provisionally for the first year.

Your research proposal will include the milestones for the first year that have been agreed between you and your supervisor. These are subject to approval by the Board of the Graduate Research School.

At the end of the first year of candidature, submit the Confirmation of Candidature form along with your annual progress report.

Your ongoing candidature will be confirmed if the agreed designated tasks and agreed milestones are completed and verified by the school, and approved by the Graduate Research School, and all other aspects of candidature are satisfactory.

You can check the due dates for your milestone paperwork using studentConnect

Task examples

The Graduate Research School have a number of compulsory designated tasks that all doctoral students need to complete for confirmation of candidature:

  • completion of the ACE unit
  • a substantial piece of writing at the appropriate conceptual level
  • UWA ethics approval (if animal or human ethics approval required)

The aim of the mandatory writing task is to test your conceptual understanding of an area related to your project and your ability to express your understanding of this area in academic writing. The writing is not submitted to the GRS but is assessed by your supervisors. However, it is important that when you are completing your confirmation task list in your research proposal coversheet and conformation of candidature paperwork, that you include details of this piece of writing. What is the title of the piece of writing? Is the piece a draft of the lit review (or part of the lit review), a draft paper, or a draft a thesis chapter (or a substantial part of a chapter).

In addition to these tasks, supervisors will also nominate a number of additional tasks, such as:

  • presenting work orally to the school
  • completing an annotated bibliography or review of literature if this is not included in the proposal
  • passing appropriate safety courses such as laser safety, radiation safety, chemical or laboratory safety
  • completing a one or two-day course in intellectual property
  • completing an introductory course in electronic literacy, for example, using electronic data bases available at UWA
  • completing relevant, approved coursework units
  • completing other relevant, approved development activities such as training in statistics, academic writing, project management or microscopy.

School-specific requirements

Some schools have their own requirements for confirmation of candidature, others choose to assess confirmation on a student-by-student basis.