Ph.D.- Veterinary Science

Course 871-AA (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


Postgraduate CoordinatorFaculty of Veterinary ScienceUniversity of MelbourneVictoria 3010Australia+61(0)3 8344 0357
Course Overview: The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the premier supervised research degree offered by the University of Melbourne. Candidates are admitted to the community of scholars in their discipline upon presentation of an original and innovative work of research that exhibits high academic merit. The candidature is conducted under academic supervision and reported and examined under internationally benchmarked standards of excellence.
Objectives: Doctoral degrees at the University of Melbourne seek to develop graduates who demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research work.

Course Structure & Available Subjects: A candidate for the PhD degree must be an enrolled student in this University and is required to carry out research at the University for a specified period under the direct supervision of one or more members of the academic staff. A thesis of 80, 000-100,000 words is required in most cases. The thesis should not exceed 100,000 words without special approval from the Research Higher Degrees Committee.
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RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year
Entry Requirements: The minimum requirement for admission to PhD candidature is a four year honours degree from an Australian University, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered by the RHD Committee to be equivalent. In assessing overseas qualifications the RHD Committee will consult the guidelines published by the National office of Skills Recognition. In addition, international students should be aware of the English language requirements. In the Department of Veterinary Science, candidates may be from a Veterinary Science, Science of Agricultural Science background depending on the nature of the research project to be undertaken. Some clinically-based projects are only appropriate for veterinary graduates.
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Graduate Attributes: The University expects its doctoral graduates to have the following qualities and skills:An advanced ability to initiate research and to formulate viable research questions;A demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report sustained and original research;The capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of specialist knowledge;An advanced ability to evaluate and synthesize research-based and scholarly literature;Highly developed problem-solving abilities and flexibility of approach;The ability to analyse critically within and across a changing disciplinary environment;The capacity to disseminate the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication to a variety of audiences;A capacity to cooperate with and respect the contributions of fellow researchers and scholars;A profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of research and scholarship;An advanced facility in the management of information;An understanding of the relevance and value of their research to national and international communities of scholars and collaborators;An awareness where appropriate of issues related to intellectual property management and the commercialisation of innovation; andAn ability to formulate applications to relevant agencies, such as funding bodies and ethics committees.
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Candidates undertake a period of supervised advanced study and research in the Faculty of Veterinary Science. The term of candidature is three years on a full-time study basis and six years on a part-time study basis. Candidates are expected to meet regularly with their supervisor and are required to submit an annual report on the progress of their work. They are expected to present their work in the Faculty's research seminar program. They are assisted to participate in relevant national or international conferences.

Assessment: A thesis is submitted for examination by a minimum of two external examiners. The format of the thesis, including a statement on authorship, must follow prescriptions laid down by the University and advised to the candidate at the time of enrolment. Candidates whose progress in the course is not satisfactory may have their candidature terminated after appropriate counselling and an opportunity for appeal.

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