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Enrolment

You can be enrolled in a research degree full-time (100%) or part-time (50%). You may also be enrolled at 75% or 25% load for one semester if your supervisor and school Associate Dean (Research) approves this. This is normally arranged using your research progress report at the end of each semester.

It’s expected that you’ll be enrolled as an on-campus student; however, in exceptional circumstances you may apply to study off-campus.

You can apply to change your enrolment status by contacting Research Admissions. Email: hdr.enquiries@ecu.edu.au

For information relating to length of candidature, extension of candidature and stages or milestones within your research enrolment visit the Candidature management web page.

Re-enrolment

Each semester you’ll need to re-enrol in your research degree. There are two ways to re-enrol:

  • Master by research and professional doctoral students who are required to re-enrol into coursework units should contact Research Admissions between November and beginning of March for semester 1 and from May until beginning August for semester 2.
  • Doctor of philosophy, professional doctorate and Master by research students who are re-enrolling into non-coursework or thesis units will be re-enrolled via their Progress report.  Progress reports should be completed in November-January for semester 1 enrolment and in May/June for semester 2 enrolment.

It’s your responsibility to ensure that you’re enrolled.

External students

External students are those who cannot conduct research and study at ECU for most or all of their period of candidature because of their location.

External students must also be aware of the following enrolment expectations:

  • Students are required to meet with their supervisor on a regular basis during the research phase of candidature.
  • Face-to-face meetings are required on no less than 10 days per year of full or part-time enrolment.
  • In addition to this, students are required to present and defend their research proposal on campus in Perth, by video/teleconference, or at a location the supervisor is able to attend.

Variation of enrolment

Variation of enrolment may relate to a change in the mode of your degree, for example applying for an intermission (deferral), withdrawal from your course, adding a coursework unit, or changing school.

There are often implications for international students and research scholarship holders. You should seek advice from Student Central or the Scholarships Office before submitting your Application for variation.

Intermission (deferral) request

You can defer your enrolment for up to 12 months during your candidature. You must have completed at least one unit in the course you wish to defer.

If more intermission periods are needed, your School, with support from your supervisor(s), may approve an extension to this period.

Note: Intermission, or "intermit" status, is considered a period of non-enrolment. Because of this:

  • You are not covered by University insurance, or entitled to access all facilities or services, such as supervision, IT services, Library, laboratory or rehearsal spaces;
  • You are not permitted to do research. The University must ensure that any student research conducted on its behalf is supervised, monitored and performed in an ethical manner. This is not possible for non-enrolled students;
  • You will have the minimum and maximum submission of thesis dates adjusted, as this period is not counted towards candidature

To request a period of intermission, you must submit an Application for variation of research higher degree candidature prior to the census date each semester:

  • 31 March in semester 1; and
  • 31 August in semester 2.

When your period of intermission ends, you must contact Research Admissions for advice on re-enrolling. If you don’t re-enrol your enrolment in your course will lapse and you may have to apply for re-admission.  You must also advise Research Admissions if your contact details have changed.

International students

If you’re an international student there are a number of possible implications if you intermit or defer your research degree. You must discuss the implications with a Student Connect Officer through Student Central or the School information offices.

Scholarship holders

If you’re receiving a research scholarship and require a period of intermission you must also submit an Application for suspension of a PG Research Scholarship. For more information and advice on suspending your scholarship, contact Research Scholarships.

Withdrawal

The decision to withdraw from your course should be well considered. You should discuss the matter with your supervisor, postgraduate coordinator or research support staff about whether this is the best option for you.

If you intend to withdraw from your research degree you must submit an Application for variation of research higher degree candidature prior to the census date each semester:

  • 31st March in semester 1; and
  • 31st August in semester 2.

If you withdraw after these dates there may be a penalty. For advice on this matter please contact Research Admissions.

If you decide to return to the same research degree, or a degree in the same field of research, you need to apply to resume your course by completing an Application for variation of research higher degree candidature. This application will be assessed by your school and the availability of your supervisor will be taken into account as this may have changed since you were last enrolled.

International students

If you’re an international student there are implications if you withdraw from your research degree. You must discuss the implications with a Student Connect Officer through Student Central or the School information offices.

Scholarship holders

If you’re receiving a research scholarship and wish to withdraw from your research degree you must also submit an Application for termination of a PG Research Scholarship. For more information and advice on suspending your scholarship contact Research Scholarships.

Enrolling in coursework units

You can apply to enrol in up to four coursework units concurrently with a research higher degree program if your School and supervisor(s) consider the coursework units necessary for successful completion of the program.

You should complete an Application for variation of research higher degree candidature and have this approved by your supervisor and school Associate Dean (Research).

If more than four coursework units are necessary to complete your degree, you’ll need to complete the units by:

  • completing an Application for non-award enrolment; or
  • continuing your education before you enrol in a research degree.

Contacts

Research Admissions, Student Services Centre (Joondalup)

Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3434
Email: hdr.enquiries@ecu.edu.au

Research Scholarships, Student Services Centre (Joondalup)

Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3636
Email: scholarships@ecu.edu.au

Student Central

Email: enquiries@ecu.edu.au

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