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.
126.96.36.199 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.
188.8.131.52 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.