A second review of a student’s PhD research ability must be undertaken between 18 and 24 months (36 for part-time students) after the date of initial registration. 

The purpose of the LSR is to confirm that the student has:

  • a realistic research plan and schedule for completion within the registration period;
  • an in-depth understanding of the research topic;
  • the ability to communicate their research;
  • the capacity to make contributions to their research field;
  • a critical awareness of the relevant literature on the subject.

You can download and view an example of the LSR form on the right. This form is created and signed via Docusign; your supervisor and the Senior Postgraduate Administrator will set up and manage this process.  

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Assessment of LSR

Your Primary Supervisor will appoint an independent assessor (another academic, usually in School) and call the review. The presentation of research progress and thesis structure are assessed during the review.

During the LSR, the student prepares and delivers a presentation of the research progress (approx. 30 min) and of the thesis structure.

  • The presentation has to clearly show progress compared to the ESA and research to be addressed in the remaining months with a plan for completion.
  • The thesis structure will outline chapters and main sections.

You should also bring along any published research articles (this is expected, but not a requirement).

Your supervisor will contact the Senior Postgraduate Administrator, who will set up the LSR form in Docusign. You will receive an email from Docusign, asking you to enter your information. 



Graduate School Attendance and English Language Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the above academic requirements, there are two further requirements for you to pass your LSR: