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Managing your candidature

Throughout your candidature there will be stages where you’re required to schedule meetings with your supervisor/s, discuss and report on your progress and seek advice or support from a range of sources. You may also decide to make a change to your research journey to ensure you achieve your personal and professional goals.

This part of the website contains important information to help you understand key ECU policies and your responsibilities during your candidature.

Candidature Management

  • Length of candidature
  • Extension of candidature
  • Enrolment load
  • Stages of your research journey


  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Changes to supervision
  • Resources


  • Re-enrolment
  • External students – conditions of enrolment
  • Variation of enrolment
  • Intermission (deferral) request
  • Withdrawal
  • Enrolling in coursework units
  • Requesting a change of school
  • Upgrading candidature

Progress tracking and reporting

  • Progress reports
  • Marginal progress
  • Progress contracts

Feedback and advice

  • Survey results
  • Feedback avenues

Support services and resources

  • Postgraduate student support policy
  • Research staff support
  • Student support funds
  • Student support services
  • International students
  • Campus facilities

Research scholarships

  • Current scholarship holders

Research travel

  • Insurance
  • Travel on scholarship

Appeals and grievances

  • Grievance procedures
  • Appeals
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