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The University Rules

The Calendar of Governance, Legislation and Rules contains a listing of candidature rules and regulations for both doctoral and masters by research study. These rules relate to issues such as eligibility for candidature at Macquarie University; the degrees available and attendance requirements; responsibilities of both candidates and their supervisors during the time of enrolment; periods of candidature; mode of enrolment; progressions reporting; conditions relating to termination of candidature and processes for the submission of the thesis.

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University Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Policy Central is the central repository for all University policies, procedures and guidelines. For Master of Research and Higher Degree Research candidates our policies govern degree transfer, doctoral equivalence, off site research, out of time candidature, supervision, thesis submission and termination of candidature. Please direct any policy questions to hdrmanagement@mq.edu.au


Support Material -  HDR and MRes Termination of candidature and appeals procedures

Candidates are encouraged to access the support services provided by the University's Campus Wellbeing Student Advocacy and Support office for additional support and independent advice regarding the University's rules, procedures and related matters. Questions about this process can also be directed to the Higher Degree Research Office on hdrmanagement@mq.edu.au

The current termination of candidature procedure is available on Policy Central.
The toolkits below can be used to help support candidates and the supervisors through both the current and new procedures.

Candidate's Toolkit

Supervisors Toolkit

The administrators toolkit for University staff administering this process and supporting candidates throughout this process will be available on the University Wiki.

International and Australian research codes and standards– useful links

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