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.

Please note that interrupting your candidature after census date means your tuition fees for that research quarter will have already been applied. After census date if you have a living stipend scholarship this can be interrupted but the tuition fee scholarship cannot.

If possible it is recommended you take interruption for a full research quarter (leaving prior to census date of that research quarter and returning prior to census date of the next research quarter) to avoid your living stipend and tuition scholarships becoming out of sync.

You can view the census dates on the UQ academic calendar, please try to submit your request at least two weeks prior to the census date.

Return from leave

Once you return from leave you will need to complete the return from leave request to ensure you are re-enrolled as a student and have any scholarships re-commenced.

 

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