Higher Degrees by Research - information for students
Your re-enrolment each year, up to your maximum candidature date, is usually automatic. The exceptions are some doctoral degrees that include coursework or if you have a debt with the university – any debt, for example a library fine.
You may terminate your candidature - withdraw from your research degree - at any time by completing a Total Withdrawal/Termination from Higher Degree Research Candidature form. Withdrawal will stop your access to the computer network, library and buildings. It will also stop any scholarship paid by (or through) the University and you may need to note that the University is obliged to inform the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs when an International Student withdraws.
If you work on your thesis after your candidature is finished you can apply for re-admission for examinations purposes only. The support of your Head of School is essential. Re-admission is for six months. You have to complete a Notice of Intention to Submit three month before you expect to have your thesis ready for examination. A supervisor will help you with your final draft if you are readmitted.
Tell your supervisor as soon as possible if you have problems that may disrupt your progress. It’s in your supervisors' interest to help you complete your research and pass your degree. You may contact the counselling service at any time and without informing your supervisor. Similarly you may obtain support and help from the Students Union. If you have a financial problem the financial assistance office may help.
You must be careful not to engage in academic misconduct – plagiarism, any other cheating or breaking University rules and regulations. The HDC(R) is required to report misconduct to an Academic Misconduct (Research) Officer for investigation (Academic Misconduct Statute 2009, s20).