Doctoral candidates may transfer at any time into a Master by Thesis degree if the project is suitable and the request is supported by the principal supervisor and Head of School (refer Part A - for specific conditions).
Masters by Thesis candidates who meet the relevant admission criteria to undertake a doctoral degree under the Rule 8 (Professional Doctorate) or Rule 9 (PhD) may transfer at any time into a doctoral degree if the project is suitable and the request is supported by the principal supervisor, School Director of Higher Degree Research Training and Head of School (refer Part B - for specific conditions).
During your candidature situations may arise which may require you to alter the conditions of your enrolment. The following types of changes all require you to complete aChanges to conditions of enrolment form.
Change to thesis topic
Change to supervision arrangements
Change to attendance type i.e. from full time to part time
Interrupting your candidature
As you progress through your candidature there are important milestones that you need to achieve:
1. Confirmation of candidature
Per SCU rules Masters by Thesis candidates will serve a confirmation period no longer than six months full-time or 12 months part-time and PhD candidates will serve a confirmation period of at least six and no longer than nine months full-time equivalent.
Confirmation of candidature means you have been assessed as having the capacity to undertake the research project you have nominated and complete the degree. Please see theConfirmation of Candidature frameworkdocument.
2. In Candidature Review
For PhD candidates, an In-candidature review would be 12 months post Confirmation of Candidature (full time equivalent). For Masters by Thesis candidates, an In-candidature review would be 9 months post Confirmation of Candidature (full time equivalent).This is to evaluate progression towards finalisation of your research projects and the submission of your thesis is on track against the timeline provided at Confirmation of Candidature. Please see the In Candidature review guidelinesdocument
3. Progress reports
As a candidate you are expected to make satisfactory progress toward completion of your degree, and as per SCU rules you are required to report on your progress every six months. This progress report is submitted to the Graduate School and both you and your supervisors have the opportunity to identify any issues that may have arisen. Confidential reports can be submitted direct to the Manager of the Graduate School should either the student or supervisors wish to report on an issue they feel uncomfortable about raising with each other.
The major purpose of progress reports is to make the Graduate School aware of difficulties you may be having related to your research and/or supervision. Progress reports also allow the Graduate School to ensure that your supervisors and SDHDRT are aware of any problems that need to be addressed, that you are maintaining regular contact with your supervisors, and that you are making satisfactory progress in accordance with your research timeline.