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. You can also Contact the graduate administrator in your faculty or other University student services for advice.

Before you apply

  • In all cases, you should discuss your circumstances with your supervisor(s) before submitting an application.
  • Consider any implications for scholarships or sponsorships you may hold.
  • Read the Graduate Research Training Policy.

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 processed, 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 make new visa arrangements within 28 days. For more information, please see the Department of Home Affairs website.