Change load or upgrade course

Part-time candidature

You can change from full-time to part-time candidature or vice-versa but you must be careful to consider how it will affect any scholarships, the impact on your visa conditions if you are an international student, and how you will manage your time.

International students: Contact La Trobe International and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to ensure that your visa will remain valid if you change from full-time to part-time candidature.

APA or LTUPRS scholarships may be awarded to part-time candidates who have significant caring commitments or medical conditions which limit their capacity to undertake full-time study (Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2010, s2.10.10(2)).

Download the Application to Change Course Load form.

Upgrade to a PhD

If you have enrolled for a masters by research and your supervisor and RPP consider your thesis could meet the criteria for a doctorate, you may apply to upgrade. The duration of your candidature will be changed appropriately and calculated from the day you commenced your masters.

If you have a scholarship (APA or LTUPRS) it will be considered in the same way and paid for three years from when you first commenced your masters degree.

Download the Application to Upgrade to PhD form.

Forms and resources

All of our forms are available to download from our forms and resources page.