What is lapse?
If your candidature was confirmed on or before 31 December 2017, you are eligible to apply for lapsed candidature, also known as ‘lapse’, if you are unable to submit your thesis by the expected work submission date. A period of ‘lapse’ allows you more time to submit your thesis.
A lapse period can be granted to graduate researchers who are completing:
- a PhD/doctorate: a lapse period of up to 2 calendar years
- a Masters degree: a lapse period of up to 1 calendar year.
A calendar year is defined as a period of 365 days, including weekends and public holidays, and is not dependent on whether your enrolment is full-time or part-time.
How do I lapse?
If you need to lapse, your advisory committee will discuss this with you at your progress review meeting and record their approval in the online progress review form. The discussion will take place at the progress review meeting just before your maximum course duration date (i.e. when you have used up all extensions to candidature allowed for your degree).
Lapse will be considered if:
- you have demonstrated sufficient understanding of the research topic to make completion of your thesis likely,
- you have provided a credible plan for completion during your lapsed candidature period, and;
- your personal circumstances are such that completion during the lapse period is likely.
Student visa holders
Student visa holders who have concerns and questions on their visas should get advice from the visa support team since commencing lapse period means you are no longer enrolled.
Access to University facilities during lapse
During a lapse period, you will not be able to access University facilities, including library facilities, in the same capacity as an enrolled student. You will have access to University services such as student email account, Canvas LMS, my.unimelb, electronic library resources and student advising system.
Resources that are accessed with the use of your student card, for example library borrowing and building access, are not available if your student card expires. Student cards cannot be renewed for students on lapsed candidature since you are not enrolled. If you need book borrowing access to the library, you can make arrangements directly with the Baillieu Library on 8344 0444 or via the complimentary membership form.
You are only provided with access to an advisory committee or ongoing supervision with the permission of the relevant dean. You should discuss with your supervisors what level of support you can expect. As a minimum you should receive feedback on one complete draft of your thesis prior to submission for examination.
How to lapse
Approval for lapse occurs as part of your progress review meeting with your advisory committee (including your supervisors).
You do not apply to lapse yourself - your advisory committee will request this on your behalf via the online progress review form.
What is the process?
- You will be contacted via your University email account 12 weeks before your expected thesis submission date, with a link to your online progress review form.
- A meeting for the progress review discussion will be arranged (follow the normal process in your area for arranging progress review meetings).
- You must complete your section of the online progress review form at least 10 days before the scheduled meeting.
- Your advisory committee, including your supervisors will review your form and any attached documents before the scheduled meeting.
- Once you’ve participated in the meeting, your advisory committee will request lapse (if appropriate) and complete the online form on your behalf.
- The request for lapse will be assessed by your head of department.
- You’ll be notified via email with the outcome of your progress review, including advice regarding lapse
Visit reviewing my progress for more information about the progress review process.
If you haven’t received the email notification about your upcoming progress review and think you should have by now, contact your local graduate research administrator.
How to get help
Get technical help
Follow these steps to get help if you are having an issue with the Progress review form.
- See a list of known technical issues, and how to get around these
Get technical help
- If you cannot see your technical issue in the list above, or if you are having issues with your username or password, contact Stop1.
Get other form help
If you have a question about filling in the form, or your degree details on the online form are not correct contact your local graduate research administrator.
If you need more information about lapsed candidature, you can talk to:
- your supervisors
- your advisory committee chair
- your local graduate research administrator.
After lapse has been approved
Your local graduate research administrator will contact you approximately three months prior to the end of your lapse period as a reminder to submit your thesis.
If you want to check when your lapse period ends, log in to my.unimelb. The lapse end date will be listed as your expected thesis submission date.
Preparing for thesis submission
The goal for your period of approved lapsed candidature is to submit your thesis for examination. However, you need to complete the following two tasks prior to submission.
- During the six months prior - you must present your completion seminar. You may need to hold another seminar if more than six months has passed between your seminar and thesis submission.
- Two months prior - register your intention to submit via the Thesis Examination System (TES) so that the nomination of examiners can be arranged.
- Before submitting your thesis – you must use iThenticate to check for any potential instances of problematic matching text and/or weak referencing practice before submitting your thesis for examination.
During your period of lapsed candidature, you still have access to submit your thesis via the Thesis Examination System. As soon as your thesis is ready for examination and you have approval, please login to TES to submit your thesis.
The end of the lapse period
Submission after the lapse end date
If you pass your lapse period end date and do not submit your thesis you will be sent a notification that your enrolment has been terminated. The University may accept an application for you to be readmitted to your degree and submit your thesis after you have been sent this notification.
Before applying for readmission you should contact your supervisor or head of department to discuss your thesis.
If your supervisor is no longer available please contact the