Chapter 3: Conditions of enrolment

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3.3 Attendance and residency

Attendance and residency  requirements have a dual purpose in enabling both regular and sustained periods  of time to be available for research, and continuous interaction between the  student and the community of scholars at Monash University. The conditions set out  below are the University's minimum requirements.  Faculties, however, may impose more rigorous  requirements as they deem appropriate.

The Monash Graduate Research Office (MGRO) will not approve backdated variation requests.

3.3.1 Level of enrolment:  part-time or full-time

The student's academic unit and the Graduate Research Committee will  need to be satisfied that any prospective student will have sufficient time  available during the week to devote to study and research and to attend  appropriate academic activities including coursework and training. Refer to the relevant regulations

The duration of the  academic year for research master's students is 48 weeks with 4 weeks' annual  leave (pro rata).

All research master's  students, with the exception of those stipulated below, may enrol on a  full-time or a part-time basis.

Normally, international  students on Australian student visas must enrol on a full-time basis; however exceptions  may be approved on limited grounds.
Master of Psychology/Doctor  of Philosophy students who enrol externally may only enrol on a part-time  basis.

3.3.1.1 Full-time enrolment

Full-time enrolment requires the student to devote at least 4 days each week between Monday to Friday inclusive and during normal business hours on each of those days, to the pursuit of their study program. These days need to take into consideration attendance required at any coursework or training at different stages of enrolment.

3.3.1.2 Part-time enrolment

In order to undertake  part-time enrolment, a student must be able to devote at least 2 days each week to their study program, where at  least one of these days is between Monday and Friday inclusive, and during normal  business hours on each of those days, so that a student may attend the  University to meet with the supervisor or attend seminars, workshops or other  academic activities, including coursework or training at different stages of enrolment.

3.3.2  Regular attendance

Throughout enrolment, all  students must regularly attend their academic unit and participate fully in  the intellectual and research activities of the unit. All students are  required to: 

  • discuss progress with their supervisors. For full-time students this  should occur every two weeks and for part-time students at least once every calendar  month. This contact may occur using various forms of interactive communication,  such as telephone, video conferencing, email or Skype;
  • hold a minimum of two 'in person' meetings with the supervisors each  year; and
  • attend all courses, seminars, workshops and activities as deemed  necessary by the graduate coordinator or the head of the academic unit.

Refer to the relevant regulations

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