Time Limits for Course Completion

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Unfortunately, you don’t have an infinite amount of time to complete your degree. The following time limits apply

 

Doctoral degrees In accordance with specific course requirements Maximum time: normally 4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
Masters degrees by research In accordance with specific course requirements Maximum time: normally 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Graduate diplomas and masters degree courses equivalent to two years of full-time study Maximum time 5 years
Graduate diplomas, graduate certificates, honours degrees, and masters degrees equivalent to one year of full-time study Maximum time 3 years
Graduate diplomas and masters degrees equivalent to one and a half years of full-time study Maximum time 4 years
Bachelor degrees and diploma courses equivalent to three years of full-time study Maximum time 8 years
Bachelor degree courses including Double degree and Bachelor Honours cluster qualifications courses equivalent to at least four years of full-time study Maximum time 9 years
Associate degree and associate diploma courses Maximum time 5 years
Graduate certificate courses equivalent to half a year of full-time study Maximum time 3 years

 

For information on other courses, click here.

The time begins on the first day of the first semester that you commenced your course. Time that you were excluded or on a leave of absence are included.

What happens when I meet this time limit?

You will be excluded from your course. Exclusion means that you will not be allowed to continue with your course at QUT the following year. You will not be allowed to enrol at QUT in your degree, and most other Universities will honour this and not allow you to enrol with them either. Further, if you are doing a double degree, you will not be able to enrol in either of the single components, or anything that you would be able to get credit for.

To successfully appeal this decision, you will need to show that you went over the time limit because of exceptional circumstances.

I’ve been excluded!

If you have been excluded from your course because you have exceeded the time limit, we would recommend that you contact the Guild’s Student Rights Hub immediately, as these applications can be complex. We can help you appeal the decision to make sure that you get the best outcome.