Are you ready to submit?

Find out if you are ready to submit your HDR thesis or project for examination.

There are a number of enrolment matters that need to be finalised before you can submit for examination.

Duration of candidature is set out in section 13 of the HDR Admissions and Enrolment Policy. You should be aiming to submit between your early and final submission dates.

Early submission

If you would like to apply for early submission for examination, please:

  1. Download and complete the Request for early submission form (PDF) – your early submission request must include an explanation of your circumstances, evidence of support from your Senior Supervisor and the endorsement of your Dean/Head of School
  2. Submit your form to the SGR Examinations team for approval by the ADVC RT&D, School of Graduate Research.

Do you need more time?

If you are nearing the end of your candidature and you are not yet ready to submit for examination, you may be eligible for an extension beyond maximum duration.

If you have already been granted an extension, or think you will need more time that an extension can provide, you may also wish to consider cancelling your enrolment and applying for readmission for examination when you are ready to submit.

Are you currently enrolled? 

You must be enrolled to submit for examination. You should always enrol for the full year, even if this means you are enrolled after your planned date of submission. Your enrolment will be corrected to ensure you are not charged fees for the period once you have submitted for examination.

Return from leave

You are not able to submit while on a leave of absence, as you are required to have an active enrolment to submit for examination. This means that you must return from leave to be able to submit for examination.

If you are currently on leave and are ready to submit, please contact the College RTS team and advise that you wish to return from leave early. Your enrolment can then be corrected and you will be able to submit for for examination, provided relevant approvals and requirements have been met.


If your enrolment has been voluntarily discontinued or cancelled for any reason, you must apply for readmission for examination before you can submit.

Have you completed the requirements of your program?

Before you can successfully submit for examination, you must have completed all requirements for your degree. This includes any compulsory coursework courses and your Milestone Reviews.

Your submission for examination will not be accepted and may be returned if you do not meet the academic requirements of your program.

Compulsory coursework components

You must successfully complete the coursework requirements for your program before you can submit for examination.

Refer to the relevant program structure for your enrolled course to review the requirements. If you have not successfully completed or been granted credit or exemption for all compulsory coursework modules, you must contact your College RTS team to discuss this immediately.


You must complete all three of your Milestone Reviews during your candidature. If you have not completed a milestone review and received your official outcome notification from the SGR, you are not ready to submit for examination.

If you have not received an official milestone outcome, you must contact your College RTS team to discuss this immediately.

Your milestone status can be viewed in the Candidature Centre via Enrolment Online.

Need help? 

Submit an enquiry to the School of Graduate Research

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