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Where a student is enrolled in a Masters by Research course and where the research they are undertaking is at such a standard that either the university recommends that the student upgrade their degree to a PhD or the student seeks to upgrade to a PhD and this is supported by the university. There would be no interval between the candidature for the Masters degree and PhD unless the interval was covered by a period of suspension. With an upgrade, the research undertaken by the student while enrolled for the Masters by Research degree would either be continued in the PhD or modified to meet the requirements for a PhD program.

Source: Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), Analysis and Planning Unit