Confirmation of Candidature

The Confirmation of Candidature (CoC) is a formal and comprehensive process that reviews the progress and plan of your candidature from commencement to completion. The process may identify improvements that can be made and it is an opportunity for you to receive feedback on your progress.

The Confirmation of Candidature is a compulsory requirement for all first year research students. It is usually completed within the first six months of candidature, and must be completed within your first year of candidature.

Confirmation of Candidature requires you to submit a written document between 2,000 and 10,000 words. In most cases, confirmation documents are 3,000 to 5,000 words in length. You will also be required to give an oral presentation to an expert academic committee and respond to questions from the panel.

Please review the Confirmation of Candidature Guidelines (PDF, 109.66 KB) (opens in a new window) and use the required Confirmation of Candidature Form (PDF, 96.01 KB) (opens in a new window).

You must also complete the online training modules Postgraduate Essentials and Responsible Conduct of Research prior to your Confirmation of Candidature. You will not be able to submit ethics applications or enrol in your second year until your Confirmation of Candidature has been successfully completed.

For more information about Confirmation of Candidature, contact the Graduate Research School.