What is the confirmation year?
The University of Newcastle requires Research Higher Degree candidates to undertake a confirmation process within twelve months of commencement of candidature on a full-time basis (or part-time equivalent).
The purpose of the confirmation process is to support candidates in the early stages of their candidature. The process will allow candidates to receive objective confirmation that their research direction is sound, the methodologies appropriate and the standard of writing satisfactory. Any difficulties that might impede successful completion can be identified and remedied. The process also encourages candidates to start writing, which many find difficult early in their candidature.
Candidates are required to satisfy the following requirements:
1. Present to the Confirmation Committee a written document containing at least:
- A critical review of recent work in the field,
- An updated research proposal,
- An updated plan of research,
- An updated timetable for completion of the thesis,
- A comprehensive statement of the resources required to complete the project within the funded period.
2. Deliver an oral presentation to the Confirmation Committee,
3. Provide a verbal defence of the research proposal before the Confirmation Committee.
In addition, the issue of ethics and safety approvals, intellectual property and data retention and management must also be considered.
From the links below, please access and read the guidelines, which contain information on the roles and expectations of all involved, requirements, timing, process and possible outcomes.
Your School may have additional requirements specific to your discipline. Check with your Research Higher Degree Confirmation Convenor or Head of School.
If you have any questions about confirmation year please contact the Office of Graduate Studies:
Telephone: 4921 6537.