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Current Postgraduate Students

Transferring your candidature

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).

For more information about transferring your candidature please go to the Policy Higher Degree Research Candidate Transfer Policy. Download the Transfer Candidature Application Form.

Changes to candidature

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 a Changes 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 must complete a confirmation of candidature within six months of enrolment full time equivalent and for PhD candidates confirmation must be completed within 12 months full time equivalent from the time of enrolment. 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 the confirmation of candidature framework document.

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 guidelines document

2. 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 purpose of these reports is to make the higher degrees research committee aware.