The research that a candidate wishes to undertake should be of a kind which a diligent and competent student might reasonably be expected to complete within 3 years of full-time study.
The minimum period that a candidate is required to be enrolled is equivalent to 2.5 EFTS consumption (i.e. 2.5 years of full-time study or 5 years of part-time study).
The maximum period is equivalent to 4 EFTS consumption (i.e. 4 years of full-time study or 8 years of part-time study or equivalent combination). The study may not exceed 8 calendar years from the date of first admission.
A candidate is expected to be enrolled continuously for the entire period of the candidacy, up to the submission of the thesis. Candidates may apply, however, for permission to withdraw temporarily from study (i.e., defer) from study see Changes to admission details or circumstances.