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You are obliged to reach certain milestones in your candidature within certain time frames. Be mindful of these milestones as failure to meet a milestone requirement can lead to termination from your program.

The University recognises that sometimes students are affected by issues outside of their control. This can include:

  • Failure of the supervisor to provide feedback in a timely manner
  • Chronic medical condition/s
  • Loss of data or equipment
  • Delays in ethics or visa approvals
  • Unexpected changes to supervisory arrangements or research direction

In these situations, the University can provide students with extensions to their milestone or research submission dates. MGA Advocates can help you with applying for an extension and navigating these processes.

How can the MGA Help?

If you are concerned that you will not be able to meet your milestone requirements by the deadline, you should contact an MGA Advocate. An Advocate can help you identify the best way to apply for an extension, and guide you through the process. An Advocate can give you feedback and suggestions for your application to help you best present your situation to the University.

Useful Resources

If you are a higher degree by research candidate (HDR), the MGA recommends that you become familiar with the Masters or Doctoral Handbooks. This includes students pursuing a research masters degree or the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. These handbooks provide an essential guide to all aspects of your candidature at Monash University.

Monash Graduate Research Office (MGRO) is the administrative branch of Monash University responsible for higher research degree students.

Received an email about academic progress? Contact an MGA advocate or risk exclusion.

Exclusion due to unsatisfactory academic progress

If you have failed units and the University is not convinced you are in a position to do better in your studies, you can be excluded (removed) from your course. This can have serious consequences. All students at Risk Level 3 are at risk of exclusion. An MGA Advocate can help you.

Students at Level 3 who do not respond to My Plan for Success are at heightened risk of exclusion.

Got questions? We have answers!

To get in contact with one of our advocates, please book an appointment via email or fill in our online form.

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The MGA team

Got a question or request about anything at all? Get in contact with one of our staff members – we’d love to hear from you. Alternatively, drop by the MGA office at Clayton or Caulfield so we can help!

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The MGA employs Monash graduate students to fill the receptionist roles at the Clayton and Caulfield offices. When a vacancy arises we advertise the position through our email newsletter and on our website.

The Monash Graduate Association (MGA) is the representative body for all graduate research and coursework students enrolled at Monash University. So, what sets us apart from the University services? The MGA is an independent, not-for-profit association governed by graduate students, for graduate students. Our primary aim is to be there for you! If you can’t find what you are looking for, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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