As a research student you can enrol in part-time or full-time candidature.
The year is divided into 4 research periods, each with an apportioned measure of enrolment value that is referred to as equivalent full time study load (EFTSL). Read our Research dates page to find out the EFTSL value for each research period.
Part-time students enrol in 50% of the EFTSL of full-time students.
You’re able to change your mode of attendance from full time to part time or vice versa at any stage in your enrolment, subject to:
If you’re receiving government payments, you'll need to tell the Australian Government about any changes to your study.
It is important for you to make any necessary changes to your candidature as early as possible.
If you're a coursework student wanting to change, you should read our Change your study load page.
The deadlines to apply are listed in the table below. A request received by the deadline for a research period will be effective from the start of that research period. A request received after the deadline for a research period will be effective from the start date of the next research period.
|Deadline to apply to change your mode of attendance||Date|
|Research Period 1 (S1CRR1)||17 January 2021|
|Research Period 2 (S1CRR2) - student visa holders||17 March 2021|
|Research Period 2 (S1CRR2)||24 March 2021|
|Research Period 3 (S2CRR3) - student visa holders||16 August 2021|
|Research Period 3 (S2CRR3)||23 August 2021|
|Research Period 4 (S2CRR4) - student visa holders||18 October 2021|
|Research Period 4 (S2CRR4)||25 October 2021|
If you’re an international student on a student visa, you’ll only be able to change your mode of attendance to part time in certain circumstances. You’ll need to contact the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre to find out if you’re eligible.
If you’re an international student, you can also speak with an international compliance officer.
If you’re thinking of changing your mode of attendance to part time you should be aware of the following:
To submit a request to change your mode of attendance you must apply by the deadline through RECS. Go to ‘HDR Research Project’, ‘Candidature Maintenance’, then ‘start a new request’. Select ‘mode of attendance’ and complete the required form.