Changing attendance status (full-time/part-time)

Candidates Students may apply to change their attendance status at any time (ie, full-time to part-time and vice versa) by completing and submitting the online form and request via myGriffith, My research, My Candidate Centre.

A change in attendance status will impact upon the maximum submission date for the thesis and the availability of resources and facilities.  If an application is approved, candidates new maximum submission date for their thesis will be updated and available on myGriffith, My Research, My Candidate Centre.

It may not be possible for a higher degree research candidate undertaking doctoral coursework or a program of advanced study to change enrolment status part way through a semester in which they are enrolled in a course. Candidates enrolled in coursework are bound by the Student Administration policy with respect to adding or withdrawing from courses.

An application to change attendance status will not be approved once a candidate has exceeded their maximum period of candidature and an extension of candidature has been approved.

Full-time to part-time

A change from full-time to part-time status will increase the maximum submission date of the thesis. This may also impact upon the dates of your candidature milestones so candidates should discuss new consultation arrangements with their supervisors as this may differ from those arranged while they were enrolled full-time. If candidates intend to take up full-time commitments outside of their studies (for example, employment) they are advised, in consultation with supervisors, to put in place a revised schedule for completion of the research and the writing up of the thesis. This will help provide goals and direction, and assist in keeping the candidature on track.

Part-time to full-time

A change from part-time to full-time status will decrease the maximum submission date of the thesis and this may also impact upon the dates of your candidature milestones. The Dean or Deputy Dean (Research) will be asked to certify that supervision and resources necessary to support the full-time candidature are available.

Effect on scholarship holders

A change in attendance status may terminate or suspend the receipt of a scholarship. Candidates should therefore consult the Griffith Graduate Research School before changing attendance status.

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Effect on international candidates

The conditions of student visas do not permit international candidates to change their enrolment status to part-time except in compassionate or other compelling circumstances.

An application to change attendance status from an international candidate will be processed in consultation with Griffith International to ensure that student visa conditions are not contravened.