Extension to candidature

Information for Masters by Research students applying for an extension as part of the 15 month Progress Review.

PhD students

Information for PhD students on extension to candidature can be found on the Graduate Research Hub Apply for an extension web page.

Master by Research students

Masters by Research students who are not able to submit their thesis by their completion date can apply for an extension as part of the 18 month Progress Review.

Extension requests

Candidates who are not able to submit their thesis after 18 months may apply for up to two extensions to their candidature, of no more than three months each extension (or equivalent part-time). The maximum length of master's candidature is two years (four years part-time). Extensions beyond two years  can only be approved in exceptional circumstances. Any such requests should be accompanied by documentary evidence demonstrating that the candidate was prevented from submitting their thesis by the expected completion date due to circumstances beyond their control.


Most scholarships have a maximum duration of two years full-time enrolment or less, beyond which they cannot be extended. Candidates should check the conditions of their scholarship before requesting an extension.

International students whose tuition fees are sponsored by a third party should ensure they understand the conditions of their sponsorship and its duration.

Application to lapse

Candidates who are not able to submit their thesis and who have been enrolled for two years may apply to lapse their candidature in good standing. Candidates who lapse in good standing may still submit their thesis to be examined at a later date, normally within two years of the lapse date. Lapsed candidates  are no longer enrolled and are therefore not entitled to supervisor support, library borrowing rights or email access. They are no longer covered by University insurance and so cannot use University facilities or work onUniversity premises and must not continue with laboratory work or fieldwork.