Master by Research Schedule

Document Number000216
Date Approved27 June 2007
Date Last Amended28 June 2010
   

The Degree

1.      The degree of Masters by Research which shall be an ungraded degree awarded for a significant contribution achieved through a program of advanced study and research to any branch of learning of concern to the Faculty in which the candidate is enrolled.

Admission to Candidature

2.      To be eligible for admission to candidature an applicant 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 the requirements at a standard recommended by the relevant Heads of Schools for admission to a degree of Bachelor in the University or another degree approved for this purpose by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) on the recommendations of the relevant Heads of Schools; or

c)   in exceptional cases produce 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 Heads of Schools; 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.

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.

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 Doctoral Degree

6.      A candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy 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 Doctor of Philosophy 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 Masters candidature.

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

Time Requirements

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

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

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

Qualification for the Degree

10.      To qualify for admission to the degree, a candidate shall enrol and satisfy the requirements prescribed in this degree Schedule as well as any other requirements imposed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor or Research Training Sub-Committee.  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
Date Approved27 June 2007
Date Last Amended28 June 2010
Date for Review21 May 2013
Policy ContactSecretary, Academic Senate
Amendment History

Minor amendment to Clause 4 to reflect current name of guidelines, Governance and Policy, 7 December 2012.

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.

Amendment to Clause 4 approved by President of Academic Senate under delegated authority, November 2007

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

Revision approved Academic Senate 27 June 2007