Studying for a PhD is expected to be a full-time commitment. It is expected that you should be enrolled in your PhD on a full-time basis unless there is good reason for you to be enrolled in a part-time basis. The most common acceptable reasons are:

  • Employment (you must provide evidence that you are employed for at least 20 hours per week on a regular basis and a statement from your employer that you will be able to satisfactorily pursue the necessary study and research).
  • Sole or principle responsibility for the care of young children or elderly persons.
  • A chronic health condition or disability that makes full-time study impossible (you must provide evidence from your health professional supporting your need to enrol on a part-time basis)

There are provisions within the PhD regulations for you to change your enrolment status throughout your PhD.

If you wish to change your enrolment from part-time to full-time or vice-versa you need to complete the Change in enrolment status - part time/full time‌ form. Your application will be considered by the Dean of Postgraduate Research in consultation with your supervisors. You will be notified on the outcome of your request by the Postgraduate Office as soon as possible. This notification will also detail the change to your thesis submission date. The Enrolments Office will be notified of any change in enrolment status and your tuition fees will be adjusted accordingly.