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Progress Review


The University of Sydney requires that every Higher Degree by Research student, whether full time or part time, has a Progress Review (PR) in the form of a face-to-face interview at least once every 12 months. Until recently this was known as an Annual Progress Review (APR), and you are likely to still come across this term. Your PR is a critical opportunity for you to constructively discuss your achievements, areas of concern, or any challenges you are facing, to ensure you are heading in the right direction in your candidature, and to receive beneficial feedback. Your PR is designed to assist you to successfully complete your candidature by assessing:

  • Whether you have adequate support and resources in accordance with your progress plan
  • Whether your supervisory arrangements are satisfactory
  • Feasibility of the current progress plan
  • Assess your progress and rating to make sure you are on track with your timeline
  • Ensure you are getting the support you need.

Students re-enrolling for a period of more than six (6) months to revise and resubmit must also participate in a Progress Review between 3-6 months from the date of re-enrolment.

See The HDR Guide for further information.

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