HDR candidates are expected to work on their thesis the full-time equivalent of 38 hours per week for 48 weeks per year. The remaining four weeks should be taken as recreation leave that are recorded at the enrolling unit level.

In addition to your four weeks recreation leave, you may apply for permission to take leave/interrupt your candidature for reasons that prevent you continuing with your research studies such as:

  • illness
  • caring responsibilities
  • work commitments - please note that international students candidates within Australia on a student visa cannot interrupt their studies on the basis of work commitments

Refer to the HDR Leave and Interruption to Candidature Policy and Procedures for details on length of interruption and the approval process.

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