Suspending study of a postgraduate programme (excluding doctoral)
Please note, if you wish to request an extension of time to submit your research component, or extend the duration of your programme, please see Extension of time of a postgraduate programme.
We recognise that things may happen that are outside of your control and affects your ability to complete your studies. A suspension means that you need to take time off your programme.
Exceptional circumstances and supporting evidence
A suspension request is based on exceptional circumstances so you will need to provide some evidence to support your application.
For more information, please see Postgraduate extensions and suspensions supporting evidence.
We understand that providing evidence can be difficult in some circumstances. If you have any concerns about providing evidence, please email us.
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Thesis or research portfolio: you can apply for a suspension of your studies, usually for no more than one year, in exceptional circumstances.
Other courses: you can apply for a suspension of your studies, usually for no more than two semesters or four quarters, in exceptional circumstances.
Bachelors (honours) degree
You can apply for a suspension of your studies, usually for no more than one year, or two semesters, in exceptional circumstances.
Postgraduate diploma and postgraduate certificate programmes do no allow for a suspension of your studies but do allow for an extension to the duration of your programme.
For more information, please see Extension of time: postgraduate programme duration.
Fees and other important information
If you’ve applied for a suspension, you will not be charged additional fees while you are on suspension. This is because you shouldn’t be enrolled in any courses.
On your return from a suspension your enrolment will need to be continuous (i.e., every semester) if you are:
- Completing your masters degree full-time
- Enrolled in a bachelors honours degree
- Enrolled in a research component
The period of suspension will not count towards the time limits for your programme. For more information, please see Time limits and rules to complete your postgraduate programme.
You should not undertake any study or research while your enrolment is suspended.
If you’re considering a suspension, it is important that you consider:
- If you’re receiving funding from StudyLink, including a student allowance or student loan living costs, you must notify StudyLink. To contact StudyLink, please see Contact us
- If you’re an international student, a suspension may impact your visa. You should speak with an International Student Adviser to discuss these impacts. For more information, please visit Contact the International Office
- If you’re a scholarship recipient, a suspension may also impact your scholarship payments. Please refer to the terms and conditions of your scholarship to understand the impacts of a suspension
How to apply
If you have a supervisor, you will need to discuss your situation with them as they will need to support your request for a suspension.
It is also important to confirm that your supervisor is able to continue to supervise your work after your return from suspension.
You can apply for a suspension by completing the:
*It is important that you discuss your plans with your supervisor if you are enrolled in a research component.
It is also important to know:
- How it will impact your ability to complete your research
- If your supervisor will be able to continue supervising your research on your return
What happens after you apply
You will receive notification of the outcome of your application by email.
If you’re approved for a suspension:
- The period of suspension will not count towards the time limits for your programme
- You should not undertake any study or research while your enrolment is suspended
- A suspension applies to all your study. You cannot enrol in any courses while you are suspended