Withdraw from my research degree

Life provides its own challenges and if this is not the right time for you to complete your research degree at the University, you may want to consider withdrawing from your degree. If you wish to undertake a research degree with the University in the future you will be eligible to re-apply.

Apply to withdraw from your degree


You can withdraw from your research degree at any time except when:

  • the University has notified you of a recommendation to terminate your enrolment, or
  • your thesis (or creative equivalent) has been submitted for examination.

If you are experiencing difficulty in your degree

Before you submit a request to withdraw from your degree, make sure you have read of our advice on Resolving issues or Contact your graduate school administrator or other UoM services for advice.

Before you apply

Visa implications for international students

International students on a student visa are required to comply with visa condition 8202: meeting course requirements, which requires you to remain in a registered course.

Once your course withdrawal is approved, we will cancel your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and notify the Department of Home Affairs. If you are still in Australia, you will need to depart Australia or apply for a different visa within 28 days.

If you have complied with your visa conditions and returned home, your visa will be allowed to cease naturally or will be cancelled administratively.