Chapter 2: Admission to research master’s enrolment

2.9 Concurrent enrolment

It should be noted that only  in the most exceptional circumstances will the Graduate Research Committee  (GRC) permit students to enrol for any other degree or diploma during their  period of enrolment. Special circumstances may be considered, for example,  where a student who is making exceptional progress in the closing stages of  the research degree wishes to commence a specialist professional qualification  such as a teaching diploma, or where a case can be made for the provision of  complementary training in the prospective studies.

A detailed case supporting  the request must be made to GRC through the Monash Graduate Research Office (MGRO). The request must have the unequivocal support  of the student's supervisors and the head of the academic unit concerned.  Wherever possible, the case for concurrent enrolment should be made prior to  enrolment as a research student.

The student would be  expected to provide evidence of a level of academic achievement that indicates  that the studies to be undertaken will not adversely impact on the progress of  the research degree.

The hours to be devoted to  study are to be included within the time allowance made for paid employment by  students. In some instances, this may preclude the student undertaking paid  employment while a concurrent enrolment arrangement is in place.

The supervisor and head of the  academic unit (or nominee) are responsible for ensuring that the concurrent  enrolment does not impact adversely on the student's progress in the research  degree. If progress is not satisfactory, the approval for concurrent enrolment may  be withdrawn.