Duration of candidature refers to the length of time available under University policy for completing a higher degree by research. It is quite separate from the periods for which a scholarship might be held, or the time for which a candidate is funded under the Commonwealth government Research Training Program, although some of these time frames are similar.

The duration of candidature applicable for each program determines the minimum and maximum dates for submitting the thesis. These dates are calculated from the date of commencement and are provided to candidates when they first enrol. They are provided each year with the annual progress report, and when a change in candidature status affects the dates. These dates are also available via myGriffith, My Research.Whilst the maximum date for submitting the thesis for each program is specified below, the expected completion period is three to four years for full-time doctoral candidature and six to eight years for part-time doctoral candidature.

Duration of candidature timeframes for research higher degree programs
Program Minimum Full-Time (years) Maximum Full-Time (years) Minimum Part-Time (years) Maximum Part-Time (years)
Master of Philosophy 1 2 2 4
Master of Education and Professional Studies 1 1 2 2
Master of Music Research 1.5 1.5 3 43
Master of Visual Arts 2 2 4 4
Master of Arts Research 1 1 2 2
Master of Medical Research 1 1.5 3 3
Master of Science 2 2    
Doctor of Philosophy 2 4 3 8
Doctor of Philosophy in Organisational Psychology 4 4 8 8
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology 4 4 7 7
Professional Doctorate 3 4 6 8
Doctor of Philosophy (by Prior Publication) 0.5 1 0.5 1

In some circumstances, these times may change. For example:

Candidature and enrolment ceases when the thesis is submitted.