There are a number of things you must do to manage your candidature and ensure successful completion of your degree.
Timely duration of candidature
Duration of candidature will vary depending on the degree. EFT= estimated full-time enrolment.
- Master of Research Practice 1 year (EFT)
- Master of Research 1.5 years (EFT)
- Master of Applied Research 2.0 years (EFT)
- Master of Research (international enrolments only) 2.0 years (EFT)
- Doctor of Philosophy 4.0 years (EFT)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) 4.0 years (EFT)
- Professional Doctorates 4.0 years (EFT)
If you are admitted and enrolled in a research degree, your enrolment must be continuous during the duration of the degree. The only time you do not need to enrol is during periods of approved leave of absence and once your .
If you intend to alter your enrolment as a scholarship recipient from full time to part time or vice versa, please email to determine how this will affect your entitlements and eligibility for a research training place.
Leave of absence & course discontinuations
To apply for extension of a . Time on leave is not counted towards your candidature. Leave of absence and additional leave of absence from your degree are only available within the limits of the timely duration.
Occupational health & safety
Graduate researchers and their supervisors are responsible for ensuring that research is conducted in a safe environment and in accordance with government health and safety legislation and procedures.
Occupational health and safety includes:
- working safely with hazardous materials (e.g. blood, chemicals)
- plant and machinery
- electrical and other equipment
- working at heights.
Change in thesis format or title
Stipend scholarship holders
Always refer to your Awards Benefits and Conditions for the guidelines and detailed information applicable to your award.
Non-award holders: a scholarship round receives a large volume of applications and is highly competitive. If you commence your research degree without a stipend scholarship, there is no guarantee that if you make good progress in your degree, you will later be successful in receiving a stipend.
Frequently asked questions
Secomb conference & travel fund
The Secomb Conference and Travel Fund provides assistance for enrolled VU graduate research candidates to attend conferences to present a research paper. You can apply for up to half of the cost of travel, and conference registration fees.
To be eligible for the fund at the time you submit your application and on the date the conference occurs you must:
- be currently enrolled in a PhD, Masters by Research or the research component of a research Professional Doctorate at VU
- have had your candidature fully approved within the required timeline and be on schedule for the remaining milestones
- be attending the conference for the purpose of delivering a research paper by oral presentation.
Applications for funding must be submitted and approved before you attend the conference (retrospective applications will not be considered). There are three closing dates per year: 31 March, 31 July and 31 October.
Reinstatement of candidature
You can apply to reinstate your candidature and continue work on your project if:
- you have previously discontinued from your degree within three years
- your enrolment has lapsed within three years
- your enrolment has been terminated due to unsatisfactory progress.
If your enrolment has lapsed or been terminated due to unsatisfactory progress, you will have to demonstrate that exceptional circumstances exist to justify reinstatement of your candidature.
If your candidature is reinstated and you have consumed the timely duration of your degree, you will be required to pay the post-timely duration fees.