Full-time and part-time study Main points: doctoral students Doctoral students are normally considered full-time students and are assessed fees according to Schedule A. Part-Time Classification In May 2017 the UBC-V Senate approved the establishment of a part-time classification for doctoral students.
Audited courses do not generate graduate units and cannot be used in calculating full-time or part-time status. For programs on the 12-week term, to be certified as full time, a graduate student must be officially registered for a combination of courses equivalent to 36 units per 12-week term.
Certain types of PhD, for example professional Doctorates, may not be eligible for a PhD studentship. The same applies to part-time or distance learning options. Am I eligible? Most PhD studentships demand that applicants have a Bachelors degree at 2:1 or above, plus a relevant Masters degree or professional experience at that level of study.
Studying full-time enables you to complete your degree in less time than pursuing your degree part-time. If you elect to work full-time while pursuing your degree full-time, you will also not add years by taking time off while you’re in school.
Completion normally requires three or four years of full-time study, or at least five years of part-time study, including a probationary period. Terms of research are normally consecutive and, for full-time students, require residency in Cambridge. Not all departments offer part-time research degrees.
In general, you can apply for a change of the mode of study from part-time to full-time or vice-versa from the beginning of a term. Possible reasons for a change of mode of study may include changes in personal or employment circumstances. A change of the mode of study will not normally be approved for health reasons where a suspension may be.
Full-time vs part-time study? Full or part time study depends on how many credit points a student is enrolled in (each session). To be classified as a full-time student, the student must be enrolled in at minimum, 75% of a full-time load for their respective course.
Unlike full-time students part-time PhD students don’t have the luxury of being able to work full-time at a PhD, and instead have to squeeze it in at weekends and evenings as they can, around any job and for example family commitments. It’s difficult, it requires a lot of guts and determination. Some fall by the wayside, but many do complete.