Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
|Year and Campus:||2010 - Parkville|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Level:||Research Higher Degree|
|Duration & Credit Points:||Students are expected to complete this research in 3.00 years full time, or equivalent part time.|
The Melbourne School of Graduate Research
The Melbourne School of Graduate Research
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The University of Melbourne 3010 Australia
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The Doctor of Philosophy is administered at The University of Melbourne by the Melbourne School of Graduate Research.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy signifies that the holder has undertaken a substantial piece of original research, which has been conducted and reported by the holder under proper academic supervision and in a research environment for a prescribed period.
The PhD thesis demonstrates authority in the candidate's field and shows evidence of command of knowledge in relevant fields. It shows that the candidate has a thorough grasp of the appropriate methodological techniques and an awareness of their limitations. The thesis also makes a distinct contribution to knowledge. Its contribution to knowledge rests on originality of approach and / or interpretation of the findings and, in some cases, the discovery of new facts. The thesis demonstrates an ability to communicate research findings effectively in the professional arena and in an international context. It is a careful, rigorous and sustained piece of work demonstrating that a research 'apprenticeship' is complete and the holder is admitted to the community of scholars in the discipline.
In scope, the PhD thesis differs from a research Masters thesis chiefly by its deeper and more comprehensive treatment of the chosen subject. It is written succinctly, in English, unless approval has been given for the thesis to be written in a language other than English. The normal length of a PhD thesis is 80,000 words, exclusive of words in tables, maps, bibliographies and appendices. Footnotes are included as part of the word limit. The thesis should not exceed 100,000 words (or equivalent) without special approval from the Research Higher Degrees Committee.
|Objectives:||See 'Graduate Attributes'|
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||
Course structure - PhD
Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must demonstrate a capacity for independent research and must make an original contribution to learning. Candidates are required to present a thesis in such a form as the Academic Board may from time to time prescribe. Advice is available from the relevant Head of Department or the School of Graduate Research.
Course Structure PhD with Coursework
The Departments of Accounting and Business Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing and the Melbourne Institute offer a PhD with a coursework component. The course requires students to undertake a maximum of one year of coursework and two years of full-time research. Confirmation of candidature is approved on the basis of successful completion of the coursework subjects and an approved thesis proposal. The decision towards the degree is entirely based on the examination of the thesis. Examiners of the thesis are informed that the candidate has undertaken a course of study by thesis and coursework component, and that the thesis may be shorter than one presented by a candidate pursuing the degree by research alone, but should be comparable in research quality. The award of the PhD is based solely on the result for the Research thesis.
A detailed information booklet, 'The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy' is available from the School of Graduate Studies, The University of Melbourne.
PhD with Coursework (Accounting and Business Information Systems) |
The first year of coursework consists of eight semester-length subjects, approved by the Director of the PhD Program.
Normally, PhD candidates are first admitted as 'probationary' candidates. To advance from probationary candidature to confirmed candidature, students must pass all the required subjects and present an acceptable dissertation proposal. To proceed to confirmation, the student must have an overall grade, based on an average of marks obtained in the subjects in first year, equal to or greater than 75%. Post-confirmation in years two and three of the program, students will conduct research leading to the completion of their dissertation.
PhD with Coursework (Economics)
The first year of coursework consists of six semester-length subjects normally comprising four core subjects and two elective subjects and a year long (double subject) Thesis Workshop.
Four core subjects:
Two elective subjects:
Subjects may be selected from other six-hundred level subjects. The candidate's choice must be approved by the Academic Convenor of the PhD program in Economics. Please note that subject offerings may vary over time.
Thesis proposal and workshop (double subject):
316-703 Economics Thesis Workshop
Normally, PhD candidates are first admitted as 'probationary' candidates. The move from probationary candidature to confirmed candidature is decided on the recommendation of a Confirmation Committee, comprising three academics including the Convenor of the PhD program in Economics and the student's supervisor. For confirmation, which usually occurs 12 to 15 months after enrolment in the PhD program, students are required to obtain an average of at least 75% in their PhD coursework subjects, to have prepared a written proposal that outlines the research program and shows evidence of substantive progress and to have made an oral presentation based on their thesis proposal. The presentation is open to all members of the Department of Economics. The Committee will recommend confirmation if it believes there is a reasonable expectation that the student will complete the PhD thesis by the due date.
Students are required to maintain satisfactory progress throughout their candidature. In addition to the regular meetings with supervisor(s), progress is monitored through the confirmation process and annual reports. The award of the PhD is based solely on the examination of the thesis.
PhD with Coursework (Finance)
The first year of coursework consists of six semester-long subjects comprising one economics subject, two quantitative subjects, three finance subjects and a year long (double subject) Thesis Workshop.
A. One economics subject selected from:
B. Two quantitative subjects selelected from:
333-627 Numerical Techniques in Finance
C. Two PhD-level finance subjects:
333-713 Finance Theory: Investments
D. One finance subject chosen from:
333-615 International Business Finance
Students may choose alternatives to those listed in A, B or D with the approval of the Department's Research Programs Academic Director. The majority of subjects taken in A, B and D must be at level 6 or above.
E. Dissertation proposal and workshop (double subject):
333-703 Finance Thesis Workshop
Students are required to attain an average mark of at least 75 percent in their coursework in the first year and satisfy the requirements of a confirmation seminar. The award of the PhD is based solely on the result of the thesis.
PhD with Coursework (Management and Marketing)
The objectives of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the Department of Management and Marketing are:
The duration of the PhD program is three years full time or six years part time.
Commencement is only available at the start of semester one (February/March) of any given year. Candidates must commence their studies within the first two weeks of semester.
The PhD in Management requires students to complete two coursework subjects and a research thesis.
In the first year of their candidature students undertake two coursework subjects that introduce the key topics and decisions relevant to research in the management and marketing domains. The specific expectations of the Department are also outlined. These two subjects are:
These subjects are marked on a pass/fail basis.
Candidates also commence work on their research thesis in their first year of candidature. The thesis must be based on original work, and candidates should aim for it to be approximately 80 000 words in length in its completed form.
In the second and third full time (or equivalent) years of the program, students continue to work on their thesis.
Candidates should be aware that when they are accepted into the program, they are admitted as a probationary candidate. At the end of their first year of studies students must undertake the confirmation process. In order to meet the requirements of the confirmation process students must have:
The award of the PhD is based solely on the result of the thesis. The thesis will be assessed by two external examiners.
PhD with Coursework (Melbourne Institute)
The Melbourne Institute offers a PhD degree that incorporates some coursework provided by the Department of Economics. All PhD students in the Melbourne Institute program are normally required to do at least 6 subjects. In special circumstances, the number of coursework may be reduced to at least 3.
The first year of coursework consists of six semester-length subjects normally comprising three core subjects and three elective subjects and a year long (double subject) Thesis Workshop.
The three core subjects:
Three elective subjects:
Subjects may be selected from other six-hundred level subjects. The candidate's choice must be approved by the Academic Convenor of the PhD program in the Melbourne Institute and the Economics. Please note that subject offerings may vary over time.
Thesis proposal and workshop (double subject):
The criteria for assessing applicants' eligibility for PhD candidature are:
Applicants must also meet the University’s English Language requirements .
Additional criterion: your area of interest, see http://www.gsbe.unimelb.edu.au/future/admissions/how_research.html .
Please note that prospective students wishing to undertake the PhD with Coursework (Accounting and Business Information Systems) are also required to complete a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and obtain a score of at least 600.
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purpose of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
Doctoral degrees at the University of Melbourne seek to develop graduates who demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research work.
The University expects its doctoral graduates to have the following qualities and skills:
|Links to further information:||www.gradresearch.unimelb.edu.au|
Application Procedure |
Detailed information for prospective PhD students regarding the application process, including the application form is available on the MSGR website at http://www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/grad/research.
It is important to note that there is a separate application form for local and international students.
PhD applicants should discuss their research interests with a potential supervisor at the department in which they would like to enrol prior to submitting an application.
The Find an Expert website may assist you to find an appropriate supervisor. Prospective PhD candidates should also investigate department websites for information on current research and contact details. Department websites are easily accessed from faculty homepages.
Applications are accepted year-round but a number of programs only offer Semester One commencement. Please check the relevant program details in the current Graduate Prospectus of the Graduate School of Business and Economics.
Which scholarship can I apply for?
Students can find information about graduate research scholarships offered by the University of Melbourne at the Melbourne Scholarships Office.
Facilities and Supports:
MSGR makes available a broad range of Programs & Services available to research and graduate research students.
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