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 Principal Supervisor and School’s 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.
For information relating to length of candidature, extension of candidature and stages or milestones within your research enrolment visit the Candidature management web page.
It’s your responsibility to ensure that you’re enrolled.
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:
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 Success or the Scholarships team in Student Administration before submitting your Application for variation.
You can defer your enrolment for up to 12 months during your candidature. You must have completed at least one unit (or a semester of study) in the course before you decide to defer your studies.
If more intermission periods are needed, your School (through the Associate Dean Research), 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:
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:
When your period of intermission ends, you must contact Student Administration for advice on re-enrolling. If you don’t re-enrol, your enrolment in your course will lapse and you will have to apply for re-admission. You must also advise Student Administration if your contact details have changed.
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 Success Officer prior to the submission of your application to intermit through the form - Application for variation of research higher degree candidature.
If you’re receiving a research scholarship and require a period of intermission you must also submit a HDR Scholarship Variation Application. For more information and advice on suspending your scholarship, contact Student Administration.
The decision to withdraw from your course should be well considered. You should discuss the matter with your supervisor, postgraduate coordinator or Coordinator Research Student Support 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:
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.
If you’re an international student there are implications if you withdraw from your research degree. You must discuss the implications with a Student Success Officer.
If you’re receiving a research scholarship and wish to withdraw from your research degree, you must advise the scholarships team in Student Administration to terminate the scholarship. For more information and advice, please contact Student Administration.
For more information relating to enrolling in coursework units in a Masters by Research program, please contact your School’s HDR Coordinator
Telephone : (61 8) 6304 6000
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