Higher Doctoral Degrees Schedule

Document Number000148
Date Last Amended30 January 2009

1.      Application of Schedule

This schedule shall apply to the degrees of Doctor of Engineering, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Letters, and Doctor of Science.

2.      The Degree

The degree shall be awarded in recognition of an original, substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge in any branch of learning of concern to the Faculty in which the candidature is undertaken.

3.      Admission to Candidature

3.1.     An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree:

  1.  shall be:
    1. a graduate of not less than eight years standing of the University of Newcastle; or
    2. a full-time member of the staff of the University of Newcastle for at least three consecutive years (or part-time equivalent); or
    3. a graduate of another university and who has had a close research association with the University of Newcastle for at least three years; and
    4. since graduating has been engaged in substantial research, study or work which in the opinion of the Committee is relevant to the practice of the Faculty. 

3.2.     A written application for admission to candidature setting out full details of the applicant's academic qualifications shall be lodged with the Dean, Graduate Studies and shall include:

  1. a short statement describing the nature of the advanced study which it is proposed will form the basis of the work submitted for examination; and
  2. a list of published work proposed to be submitted in the event that candidature is approved; and
  3. the names of three people whose advice as referees may be sought.

3.3.     The application shall be considered by the Committee which may seek such other advice, including consulting additional referees, as it deems fit.

4.      Submission for the Degree

4.1.     The submission shall consist of:

  1. a selection of published works including monographs and papers from refereed journals describing aspects of the advanced study carried out by the candidate. The number of papers submitted should be sufficient for the body of work to constitute an original, substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge; and
  2. a short discourse describing the theme of the published works and how these are related to one another and to the theme; or
  3. an extended discourse describing aspects of the advanced study carried out by the candidate supported by published works.

4.2.     The submission shall be bound or presented in the manner prescribed by the Committee.

4.3.     Within one year of admission to candidature, the candidate shall lodge four hard bound copies of the submission with the Dean, Graduate Studies for examination.

5.      Examination

5.1.     The Pro-Vice Chancellor (or nominee) shall appoint three examiners and nominate one reserve examiner none of whom shall normally be members of the staff of the University. Examiners should preferably be of international standing. Referees who were consulted in the application process will not normally be appointed as examiners.

5.2.     A candidate may be required to answer further oral or written questions concerning any submitted work.

5.3.     The Committee shall consider the reports of the examiners and determine the outcome of the examination.

5.4.     There shall be no provision for a candidate to revise and resubmit the submission for the degree.


Approval AuthorityPresident of Academic Senate under delegated authority
Date Last Amended30 January 2009
Amendment History

Minor typographical error corrected in 3.1 i) d), "t" missing in word "practice".