Extension of candidature

PhD, DArts and DSocSci candidates are expected to be ready to submit their thesis for examination within four years of full time study and eight years of part time study.

MA Research and MPhil candidates are expected to be ready to submit their thesis for examination within two years full time and four years part time study.

If you are enrolled in your last semester may apply for an extension of candidature of one semester. You must have completed a Higher Degree Annual Progress Review and Report for your final year of candidature to be eligible to apply for an extension.

An extension cannot be applied for after the following relevant semester’s census date

Preparing Your Application

Your application for extension of candidature must include reasons for your application as well as any supporting documentation you may have.

Examples of appropriate supporting documentation are:

  • Medical certificate(s) OR evidence of hardship, employment or family responsibilities.
  • A detailed timeline for thesis completion and submission for examination. This timeline should demonstrate how you will complete within the requested period of extension.
How To Apply

You can apply for an extension of candidature in MyUni through your Sydney Student portal.

You will need to select the MyStudies tab, choose Course Details and clicking on the link Extension of Candidature. Simply follow the prompts to lodge the request and upload your supporting documentation when requested.

You will be notified of the decision by email.

Please note your earliest and latest completion dates will be amended with any change in attendance status. These changes will appear under your Course Details tab in Sydney Student.