Doctor of Philosophy Schedule

Document Number000091
Date Approved27 June 2007
Date Last Amended7 December 2012
    

The Degree

1.         The degree of Doctor of Philosophy shall be awarded for an original and significant contribution of merit achieved through a program of advanced study and research to any branch of learning of concern to the University.

Admission to Candidature

2.         An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree shall:

a)      have satisfied all of the requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor with Honours Class 1 or Honours Class II, Division 1 or any other degree approved for this purpose by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee); or

b)      have satisfied all of the requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor in the University or any other degree approved for this purpose by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee), and have achieved by subsequent work and study a standard recognised by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) as equivalent to at least Honours Class II, Division 1; or

c)      in exceptional cases submit evidence of possessing such other academic or professional qualifications and/or experience as may be approved by the Pro-Vice Chancellor (or nominee) on the recommendation of the relevant Head of School; or

d)      in some disciplines (education, medical physics, nursing, social work, social sciences, surgery) have completed a minimum standard of professional experience as required by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) on the recommendation of the Head of School.

3.      An applicant shall not be admitted to candidature unless adequate supervision and resources are available. Whether these are available shall be determined by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) after considering advice from the Head of School.

Submission of Thesis for Examination

4.      The candidate shall submit three copies of the thesis in accordance with the provisions of the Rules Governing Research Higher Degrees and the Thesis Examination Guidelines, and in the case of a Jointly Awarded Research Higher Degree Program, the Memorandum of Understanding.

 Examination of Thesis

5.      The thesis shall be examined in accordance with the provisions of the Rules Governing Research Higher Degrees.  The Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) shall appoint two examiners and at least one reserve, none of whom shall normally be a member of the staff of the University.

Transfer of Candidature from Master Degree

6.         A candidate for a Master degree by research in the University may be permitted to transfer candidature to the degree subject to approval from the supervisor, Head of School and Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee).

7.         A research Master degree candidate seeking to transfer to the degree will need to satisfy the requirements of the confirmation process as prescribed in the Rules Governing Research Higher Degrees at a level appropriate for PhD candidature.

8.         Except with the permission of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee), candidates who transfer from a Master degree shall be deemed to have commenced candidature from the time of admission to that degree.

Time Requirements

9.         The thesis shall be completed and submitted for examination in:

a)   not less than two years of full-time or equivalent part-time enrolment from admission to candidature, except with the permission of the Research Training Sub-Committee; and

b)   not more than four full-time years of enrolment or equivalent part-time enrolment from admission to candidature, except with the permission of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee).

Qualification for the Degree

10.    To qualify for admission to the degree a candidate shall have been enrolled and satisfied the above requirements and those prescribed in the relevant rules and policies of the University.  The candidate will be recommended for admission to the degree by the Dean, Graduate Studies on the advice of the Research Training Sub-Committee.

Approval AuthorityAcademic Senate/Council
Date Approved27 June 2007
Date Last Amended7 December 2012
Date for Review21 May 2013
Policy SponsorDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Policy OwnerPresident of Academic Senate
Policy ContactExecutive Officer - Policy, Graduate Studies
Amendment History

Minor amendment to clause 4 to reflect current name of guidelines 13 December 2012

Amendment to Clause 4 and Clause 5 to permit two external examiners for doctoral thesis examination, approved by Council (Resolution C12:274) 7 December 2012 for implementation from 1 January 2013.

Amendment to Clause 5 approved by the President of Academic Senate 28 June 2010 under delegated authority.

Amendment to Clause 1 approved by the President of Academic Senate 21 May 2010 under delegated authority.

Amendments re JARHDPs approved by Academic Senate 30 April 2008

Amendment to Clause 4 and 5 approved by President of Academic Senate November 2007

Revision approved by Council 31 August 2007, effective from 1 January 2008

Revision approved by Academic Senate 27 June 2007

Amendment to Clause 11 on 2 May 2007