Suspensions and extensions
Candidates who enrolled prior to 11 October 2017 can apply for an extension with the Application to Extend Candidature form. Ask your supervisor to complete section two and have it approved by your Graduate Research Coordinator and School Graduate Research Coordinator or Head of School. Applications must be completed at least 20 working days before your maximum completion date.
International students on a student visa must contact La Trobe International before applying for an extension.
Candidates who enrolled on or after 11 October 2017 will manage extensions to their candidature through their progress milestones in the first instance. If you need to apply for an extension to any of your progress milestones – confirmation, mid-candidature review, or pre-submission review – we will adjust your expected work submission date accordingly.
If you’re enrolled in a doctoral degree you can extend your milestone due date and expected work submission date by up to three months (full-time equivalent) at any milestone, and by up to 36 weeks across the course of your degree up to your maximum completion date.
If you’re enrolled in a Master’s by research degree you can extend your milestone due date and expected work submission date by up to eight weeks (full-time equivalent) at any milestone, and by up to 16 weeks across the course of your degree up to your maximum completion date.
Recipients of centrally managed doctoral scholarships – the RTP Stipend and LTUPRS award – have been awarded a six month extension their stipend and do not need to submit a further application. It’s not possible to receive a further extension to a stipend scholarship beyond this period.
Extensions beyond the maximum completion date will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and international students on a student visa will need to contact La Trobe International before applying with the Application to Extend Candidature form.
If your enrolment has lapsed, you can still submit your thesis at any time prior to the expiry of the 12-month lapsing period under the conditions of the Graduate Research Examinations Policy.
If your candidature is lapsed, you won’t be able to carry out any lab or field work, as you won’t be covered by the University’s insurance. As a lapsed candidate you also won’t be formally entitled to supervision.
Note that lapsed candidature may not be extended beyond 12 months. If you have not submitted your thesis after 12 months of lapsed candidature you will normally be withdrawn.
International students on a student visa whose candidature has lapsed must be aware that the university is required to notify the Department of Home Affairs of the discontinuation of their studies. Students are advised that this is likely to result in the cancellation of their student visa.
Withdrawing your candidature
It is recommended that you discuss any intention to withdraw with members of your supervisory team, your Graduate Research Coordinator and/or the chair of your Progress Committee prior to taking any action. You can also speak with staff at the Graduate Research School or with the Student Advocate for confidential advice.
Master's or Doctoral candidates who wish to withdraw/discontinue from candidature must complete the Total Withdrawal from HDR Candidature form
Forms and resources
All of our forms are available to download from our forms and resources page.