11 November 2021
By email: [FYI request #17179 email]
We refer to your request for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act) dated 13
October 2021. You have requested the median completion time from commencement of enrolment
to submission for PhD candidates in the Division of Humanities.
The table below contains the number of PhD completions in subjects in the Division of Humanities,
and the median Equivalent Full-Time Student (EFTS) consumed by PhD candidates to complete their
studies from 2015 - 2020.
Division of Humanities
Number of PhD completions Median EFTS consumed
from 2015 - 2020
by PhD candidates
Peace and Conflict Studies
Please note the following points regarding this information:
• The table is based on EFTS consumed, which is a unit measure of a student’s period of
active enrolment as an equivalent full-time student. For example, if a student studies
part-time for a year, they will consume 0.5 EFTS over the course of a calendar year. A
student undertaking a typical full-time year’s study will consume 1.0 EFTS.
• The University currently uses EFTS consumed as the basis for reporting, not the overall
length of time between initial commencement and submission. In order to provide this
data separately, and after consulting with our analysts, we have estimated that it will
take a minimum of seven hours of staff time to produce the information requested.
Accordingly, we need to decline providing this information separately as it would require
substantial staff time to research and collate. Our decision is made pursuant to section
18(f) of the Act on the basis that the information requested cannot be made available
without substantial research or collation that would affect the effective administration
of the University.
• The table excludes subjects with fewer than 10 PhD completions between 2015 – 2020.
We trust that this information will be helpful.
If you are not satisfied with our response to your information request, section 28(3) of the Act
provides you with the right to ask an Ombudsman to investigate and review this response. However,
we would welcome the opportunity to discuss any concerns with you first.
Official Information and Compliance Coordinator
Office of the Registrar