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Honours and Masters Thesis Extension

Please note that as of the 18th of October 2022, the existing Honours and Masters Thesis Extension webform has been closed and replaced by a new form available at CASS Thesis Extension Form.


All Honours and Masters (Advanced) theses must be submitted by the due date unless an extension for time to submit has been granted.

2023 CASS Honours Thesis Due Dates

Semester 1, 2023 thesis is due 5:00PM, Monday 22nd May 2023
Semester 2, 2023 thesis is due 5:00PM, Monday 23rd October 2023

The penalty for late submission for theses and coursework without an approved extension is 5% per working day.  Work submitted after an approved extended deadline will also be penalised at 5% per working day. A thesis extension may result in the thesis not being completed, and a result finalised, in time to graduate at the next graduation ceremony. 

If you have been affected by circumstances beyond your control and are unable to submit your Honours or Master’s (Advanced) thesis by the due date, you may be eligible to apply for an extension through the CASS Thesis Extension Form.

Circumstances beyond your control may include:

  • Medical reasons. Minor bouts of illness (e.g. colds, minor flu) will only be considered grounds for an extension if they occurred in the final eight weeks before the due date.
  • Family / personal reasons. E.g. illness or death of a family member or close friend, or the need to assume significant caring responsibilities during the period of enrolment.
  • Unforeseen difficulties beyond your control when carrying out the work E.g. as a result of delayed laboratory data analysis or abnormally restricted studio access.
  • A significant unforeseen escalation in your paid work hours.

If you are unsure if your reason is suitable, please contact either your supervisor, convener, or the CASS Student Office.

Please lodge a thesis extension application as early as possible before the thesis due date. Applications lodged after the due date will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.

Before lodging an application:

  • Discuss your need for an extension with your Supervisor and/or Honours or Master’s (Advanced) Program Convenor.
  • Gather your existing relevant supporting documentation, e.g. medical certificates. If you are waiting to receive these documents, please submit an application first and you can supply the documents to us later.
  • Write a brief timeline of events leading up to your request for an extension. This is the easiest way to provide evidence of how many extra weeks you are requesting, given your circumstances, together with supporting documentation.

If your application is successful, you will be sent an extension approval email from the CASS Student Office with the new thesis submission date. When you submit your thesis, include a copy of the extension approval letter at the front of your thesis.

Please be aware that a thesis extension may result in you not being able to graduate until the following semester’s graduation ceremony.

Masters (Advanced) students enrolled prior to 2018 only

Four weeks extension

If you enrolled in your program prior to 2018, you may apply for an extension of up to four weeks. You should email the Program Convenor (with a copy to your Supervisor) to request the extension. The extension will be automatically granted if you acknowledge and agree that the thesis may not be completed, and a result finalised, in time for you to graduate at the July ceremony (for students submitting mid-year) or the December ceremony (for students submitting end of year).

More than four weeks extension

If you require an extension to submit your thesis or equivalent work longer than the automatic four weeks, you must submit a formal application through this form. This application will be granted only under exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the delegated authority.

Updated:  15 March 2023/Responsible Officer:  CASS Marketing & Communications/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications