2.4 Degree or institution transfer
2.4.1 Transfer from master’s to PhD, or professional doctorate
A student undertaking a research master’s degree, including MPhil, may apply to transfer to doctoral enrolment.
Please see Section 7: Application for transfer from a Research Masters to PhD of the Graduate Research Progress Management Procedures for information.
Since it is assumed that the scope of the research topic is substantially broadened while remaining essentially unchanged, doctoral enrolment is backdated to the commencement date of the master’s enrolment. Research master’s students considering a transfer to doctoral enrolment are required to undertake any program requirements of the relevant doctoral degree.
In exceptional circumstances, a coursework master’s student who has demonstrated a capacity to undertake graduate research, either by completing a substantial part of the master’s minor thesis, or by providing equivalent evidence of research experience or competence, may be allowed to transfer to doctoral enrolment. In this case, doctoral enrolment is backdated to the commencement of the research component of the master’s degree.
Students should discuss the academic unit and faculty requirements for confirmation/transfer, including any program requirements, with their supervisor and/or graduate research coordinator before commencing the transfer process.
(See Appendix J in this handbook for further information on any faculty-specific transfer requirements.)
Where a student commences studies in a Research Masters degree and then transfers to a Research Doctorate, the student is entitled to a maximum of four years full-time equivalent study, including the time enrolled in the Research Masters degree
2.4.2 Transfer from one doctoral program to another
Students may also apply to transfer from one doctoral degree to another, for example from a professional doctorate to PhD. In these cases, students are advised to undertake the program requirements that are relevant to the degree into which they are transferring.
The student is entitled to a maximum of four years full-time equivalent study, including the time enrolled in the doctoral program from which they are transferring.
2.4.3 Transfer from another institution
When a doctoral student transfers from another institution, the period of time available to complete the research is determined on a case-by-case basis. For example:
- students who transfer with their supervisor and with no break in the continuity of the research will have the total period of research at the prior institution used to calculate the end date of enrolment at Monash University
- students who retain their original research topic, but change supervisor, will have the period of Monash University enrolment reviewed on a case-by-case basis
- students who take up both a new topic and a new supervisor will have no prior enrolment taken into account, and the normal period of enrolment will apply
- students who are currently enrolled in a doctoral degree with a coursework component will generally have the period of research and not the period of coursework at the prior institution used to calculate the end date of enrolment.
Students will only be approved to transfer where they are able to undertake a minimum 12 months of full time enrolment, or the equivalent period of part-time enrolment, at the University.
These students will be expected to undertake the program requirements relevant to the degree into which they are transferring, unless credit has been granted by the Program Director and/or the Graduate Research Committee (GRC). See Section 2.3.
Where a transfer occurs, Monash University will be required to obtain details regarding the student’s enrolment while enrolled with the previous Higher Education Provider (HEP) so that the student’s prior candidature can be determined.
Students on a RTP Fees Offset and/or RTP Stipend at the previous Higher Education Provider (HEP) will be assessed in accordance with the University’s Conditions of Award.
2.4.4 Readmission to a degree program at the same level
Applications for re-admission into the same degree are subject to the provisions as outlined in the Graduate Research Re-Admission Procedures.