Rules Governing Higher Doctoral Degrees
|Date Approved||3 December 2008|
|Date Last Amended||13 May 2011|
1. Application of Rules
These Rules shall apply to degrees classified as Higher Doctoral Degrees of the University.
These Rules shall not apply to degrees conferred honoris causa, Doctoral or Masters by Research Degrees, Professional Doctorates or to degrees classified as Master degrees by coursework.
These Rules are subject to any provisions in the relevant degree schedules.
In these Rules, unless the context or subject matter otherwise indicates or requires:
Committee means the Research Training Sub-Committee, a sub-committee of the Research Committee;
degree means the degree for which a person is, or proposes to be, a candidate;
Faculty means the Faculty responsible for the program;
program means the approved program of advanced study and research for the completion of the higher doctoral degree;
Pro Vice-Chancellor means the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty responsible for the program;
schedule means the schedules to these Rules pertaining to the relevant degree;
School means the school, or other unit of organisation forming part of a Faculty, in which the candidate is carrying out the program;
submission means a submission as defined in the relevant schedule.
3. Admission to Candidature
3.1. An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree shall satisfy the requirements of the University governing admission and enrolment, and any other additional requirements prescribed in the relevant Schedule. English proficiency requirements must be met.
3.2. A copy of these Rules and any other guidelines which may be approved from time to time shall be provided to the applicant at the time of offer of a place in a program.
4. Termination of Candidature
4.1. The candidature may be terminated by the Dean, Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Committee in any of the following circumstances:
- where the candidate has failed to lodge a submission within prescribed time limits, including extensions as approved by the Dean, Graduate Studies;
- where the candidate has failed to otherwise comply with these Rules.
4.2. Where a recommendation that candidature be terminated is accepted by the Dean, Graduate Studies, the candidate shall be notified in writing.
5. Appeal Procedure – Termination of Candidature
5.1. A candidate whose candidature has been terminated by the Dean, Graduate Studies may appeal against the decision in writing, within 20 working days of the date of the letter of notification of termination of candidature. Appeals will be permitted on procedural grounds only. In accordance with Universities Australia Policy, appeals by candidates simply rejecting an assessment of the merit of their work will not be permitted nor will an appeal on the grounds of complaint about arrangements during the period of candidature. In these latter cases, the grievance procedures should be used as appropriate (refer to Clauses 6 and 14).
5.2. Upon receipt of an appeal, the Dean, Graduate Studies shall pass the appeal to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) who shall determine if a case exists for reconsideration of the candidate’s termination of enrolment. If it is determined that a case does exist, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) will advise the Head of School and Dean, Graduate Studies to allow the candidate to resume candidature under whatsoever conditions the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) determines.
5.3. If the candidate was unable to make representation due to exceptional circumstances, the candidate may appeal for reconsideration of the decision within 20 working days of advising the Dean, Graduate Studies of the nature of the exceptional circumstances.
5.4. In exceptional circumstances a former candidate whose enrolment was previously terminated may be re-admitted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) on the recommendation of the relevant Head of School, Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) and Dean, Graduate Studies, after a period of time as determined by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) may prescribe whatsoever terms and conditions on the candidate’s re-enrolment.
6. Grievance Procedures
6.1. A candidate who has a complaint or grievance regarding matters affecting candidature (other than in relation to classification of submissions or termination) shall normally report, in the first instance, to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee). If the matter remains unresolved, the candidate may approach the Dean, Graduate Studies, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), the Dean of Students or the University Complaints Manager.
6.2. Notwithstanding the above, all complaints and grievances will be considered in accordance with the University Complaint Resolution Policy.
7.1. A candidate may withdraw from the program up until the date that the submission is lodged, only by informing the Office of Graduate Studies in writing and the withdrawal shall take effect from the date of receipt of such notification. Withdrawal is not permitted once the submission has been lodged.
8. Duration of Candidature
8.1. The program shall be completed and the submission lodged for examination in the timeframe outlined in the relevant Schedule.
8.2. A candidate may lodge an application for an extension of time to the Dean, Graduate Studies.
9.1. A submission lodged for a degree shall meet the requirements of the degree as prescribed in the relevant Schedule.
9.2. A submission:
- shall normally be written in English;
- shall be typed, bound or presented in the manner prescribed by the Committee; and
- shall also be lodged electronically.
9.3. The candidate must include a signed statement indicating:
- indicating any material that has been submitted for another award; and
- that the candidate is the sole author of a substantial part of the material, and
- in the case of joint authorship the extent of the candidate’s own contribution.
10. Lodgement of Submission for Examination
10.1. A candidate shall give to the Office of Graduate Studies not less than two months written notice of intention to lodge the submission for examination.
10.2. The candidate shall lodge with the Office of Graduate Studies four copies of the higher doctorate submission (four hard bound copies) in the format prescribed in the Research Higher Degree Thesis Preparation and Submission Guidelines.
10.3. It is a requirement that an electronic copy of the submission is lodged with the University's institutional digital repository.
11. Examination of Submission
11.1. The Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) shall appoint the number of examiners as prescribed in the relevant Schedule.
11.2. The names of examiners shall not be disclosed to the candidate prior to the lodgement of the submission, nor released after the examination process is completed unless the examiner(s) specifically approves the release of his/her identity, subject to the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). Only the Dean, Graduate Studies (or nominee) may communicate with the examiners regarding the examination process while the submission is under examination. Breaches of this provision in relation to communication with examiners will be referred to the Committee and may be interpreted as misconduct within the terms of University policy.
11.3. Each examiner shall provide an independent, written report on the merits of the submission which shall contain an assessment of the submission in relation to the stated submission objectives and as a requirement for a higher doctoral degree. The report shall include one of the following recommendations:
- the submission be classified as passed; or
- the submission be classified as failed.
11.4. The Committee shall consider the reports of examiners, and any other recommendations prescribed in the relevant Schedule and shall:
- recommend to the Dean, Graduate Studies that the candidate be admitted to the degree subject to any condition that the Committee may impose and lodgement of the electronic copy; or
- recommend to the Dean, Graduate Studies that the candidate not be admitted to the degree, and that the candidature be terminated.
11.5. Where the examiners’ recommendations are not unanimous, before making any recommendation, the Committee may take one or more of the following actions, namely:
- appoint the additional examiner;
- appoint an arbiter;
- invite the examiners to confer with each other and/or with the Committee, with a view to the presentation of a consolidated recommendation;
11.6. There shall be no provision for a candidate to revise and resubmit the submission for further examination.
12. Defence of Submission
12.1. Before recommending to the Dean, Graduate Studies that the degree not be awarded, the Committee shall invite the candidate to provide an academic defence of the submission, in oral and/or written form, in response to the reports of the examiner(s).
13. Appeals Procedure – Examination of Submission
13.1. A candidate may lodge an appeal against the outcome of the examination of the submission on the basis of process, but not against evaluations in the assessment of the Examiners' Reports, nor against the Committee’s recommendation to the Dean, Graduate Studies.
14. Appeals Against Classification of Submissions as Failed
14.1. A candidate whose submission has been classified as failed may, within 28 days of the date of the letter of notification of the failed classification, appeal in writing against this classification to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). Appeals will be permitted on the following grounds only:
- procedural irregularities in the examination of the submission or in the conduct of any examination which forms part of the determination of the result. In this case it is necessary for the candidate to demonstrate that an aspect(s) of the examination process, as determined in these Rules, was not appropriately followed and that this caused, or was likely to have substantially contributed to, the award of a fail grade; or
- documented evidence of prejudice or bias on the part of one or more of the Examiners.
14.2. Upon receipt of an appeal, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) shall review all relevant information to determine if a case exists for reconsideration of the fail classification of the candidate’s submission. In such cases, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) may resolve that:
- the candidate be permitted to re-lodge the submission for examination by a new examiner or examiners; or
- the submission be confirmed as failed.
14.3. The new examiner(s) shall examine the submission and provide a written recommendation to the Committee under the same provisions as the original examiners as prescribed in these Rules.
15. Award of the Degree and Availability of Submission
15.1. To qualify for admission to the degree a candidate shall enrol and satisfy the requirements prescribed in the relevant degree Schedule.
15.2. A candidate awarded the degree is required to lodge an electronic copy of the submission within one month of official notification of the examination outcome.
15.3. The copies of the submission lodged by the candidate shall become the property of the University. The copies are subject to any confidentiality agreements entered into by the University, the candidate and any sponsoring body of the research.
15.4. The University will retain one hard bound office copy of the submission until such time as the electronic copy is lodged. The hard bound copy will be lodged with the University library. The candidate must lodge the electronic copy with the University's institutional digital repository.
15.5. When an award outcome is determined by the Committee, the Dean, Graduate Studies makes a recommendation to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), President of Academic Senate and the Vice-Chancellor that the degree be awarded. A higher doctoral candidate is deemed to have qualified for the award of the degree on the date the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), President of Academic Senate and the Vice-Chancellor approve admission to the degree under delegated authority from Council.
15.6. The copy of the submission deposited in the University Library shall be available immediately to any person for consultation or copying unless the candidate makes an application to the Dean, Graduate Studies. The Dean, Graduate Studies may determine that the submission will not be made available without the written consent of the author for a specified period.
15.7. Subject to any determination under Clause 15.6, the Library may supply in any medium, a copy of the submission upon request to any person or library.
16. Relaxing Provision
In exceptional circumstances arising in a particular case, the Academic Senate, on the recommendation of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), may relax any provision of these Rules.
17. Effects of Changes in the Rules
A candidate shall comply with these Rules which may be from time to time amended or remade by the Academic Senate. Candidates may apply by exception to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) to be examined under such Rules or Regulations in force at any time during the period of candidature. Where the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is of the opinion that any candidate has been or may be adversely affected by a change in the Rules since initial enrolment, the candidate may be permitted to continue under such Rules or Regulations in force at any time during the period of candidature and on conditions the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) may prescribe.
|Approval Authority||Academic Senate|
|Date Approved||3 December 2008|
|Date Last Amended||13 May 2011|
|Policy Sponsor||Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)|
|Policy Owner||Dean, Graduate Studies|
Minor amendment approved by President of Academic Senate under delegated authority 13 May 2011 - Clauses 10.3 and 15.4 - electronic copies of theses are now to be held in the University's institutional digital repository
Minor amendment - updated FOI to GIPA Act, Clause 11.2, 28 July 2010
Amendment to Clauses 5.1, 5.3 and 6.1 approved by the President of Academic Senate 28 June 2010 under delegated authority.