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HDR candidates can apply for an extension of up to one year’s Equivalent Full-Time Study Load (EFTSL) (for example four research periods of full-time enrolment). You need to apply for an extension within 6 months of your latest completion date. However, University policy makes it clear that HDR candidates don’t have an automatic entitlement to an extension.  

Extensions beyond the maximum allowable time may be approved by your associate dean, but only in exceptional circumstances. An application for an extension is more likely to be approved if you can show good academic progress early in your candidature and if you have the support of your lead supervisor (for example, if your lead supervisor believes you will complete your thesis if granted an extension). If extenuating circumstances such as illness, injury or misadventure have impacted your research completion time, you should include these reasons in your request to extend candidature. You should also include any issues with your research, such as equipment, data, change in supervisors etc. It’s important that you also document and discuss these issues during your Progress Evaluation Meeting (PEM). 

How to apply 

You must submit your request through RECS. Go to ‘My project’, ‘Candidature maintenance’, ‘Start new request’ and then select ‘Extension’ and complete the required form.  


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Written by SUPRA Postgraduate Advocacy Service March 2023

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