Examination and Completion

Information on possible extensions to candidature, thesis requirements, submitting your thesis, and the examination process.

Thesis Submission and Examination

Guides to the content and format of graduate research theses and detailed information on thesis submission and examination can be found at the Graduate Research Hub.

Extensions to Candidature

If you're not ready to submit your thesis by your expected completion date, it is possible to apply for one to two extensions to candidature. You do this via your progress report form by asking your advisory committee to complete the relevant section.

The normal duration for a masters by research is 1.5 years full-time or three years part-time. Students who need more time to submit their thesis may apply for two extensions of three months each (full-time equivalent) with the support of their advisory committee. The normal maximum duration is two years full-time or four years part-time.

The normal duration for a PhD is three years full-time or six years part-time. Students may apply for two extensions of six months each (full-time equivalent) with the support of their advisory committee. The normal maximum duration is four years full-time or eight years part-time.

If you have a scholarship, you should note that an extension to candidature does not guarantee an extension to scholarship. Please contact the Melbourne Scholarships Office if you have questions about extending your scholarship.

International candidates requiring extensions will need to check their sponsorship allocation and also their visa requirements.

Lapsed Candidature in Good Standing

If you're unable to submit your thesis by the end of the maximum period of candidature, you may apply to lapse your candidature in good standing. You do this on your progress report form. Students who have lapsed in good standing may submit their master thesis within one year and may submit their PhD thesis within two years.

Open Access Publication of Research Higher Degrees Theses

When submitting the final version of your thesis after the examination has concluded and revisions have been made, you will be required to submit it to the University of Melbourne's Open Access Repository "Minerva".  A thesis may either be published in its entirety (and, subsequently, be fully searchable by internet search engines), or it may be put under embargo whereby only the title, abstract, and keywords will be visible.  Supervisors must approve the publication of theses in the repository and because online publication is likely to affect the ability to publish the research in journals, students in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences are encouraged to place their theses under embargo.  The research you are conducting is of a collaborative nature, so you should speak with your supervisors about submitting the digital copy of your thesis to Minerva and publishing your work in journals, keeping in mind that there may be additional restrictions of the granting body which funded the work.