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The Melbourne School of Graduate Research
Graduate Centre (1888 Building)
The University of Melbourne 3010
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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 appendicies. 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:||The University expects its doctoral graduates to gain 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;
an advanced understanding of key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary norms and perspectives relevant to the field;
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, including the application of computer systems and software where appropriate to the students field of study;
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; and
an ability to formulate applications to relevant agencies, such as funding bodies and ethics committees.
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||The Doctor of Philosophy degree is the major research degree offered within the faculty. It is administered by the School of Graduate Studies under the control of the Academic Board of the University. Candidates undertake a research program which is likely to make an original and substantial contribution to their discipline. Supervision is normally through a supervisory panel with one principal supervisor. Candidates may write up to a 100,000 word thesis, which is examined externally. The PhD may be undertaken by approved graduates as a supervised research program in any of the departments of the School of Medicine or the research institutes affiliated with the faculty. Candidates should hold a recognised medical degree, or an honours or masters degree in science from an approved university. Intending candidates should first contact the head of the department in which they wish to work. International students interested in applying for a PhD are advised to enter into written communication with a prospective supervisor to clarify and develop their research proposal prior to making a formal application.|
three years full time or six years part-time with the possibility of extending to a maximum of four years full-time or eight years part-time, subject to departmental approval.
The criteria for assessing applicants' eligibility for PhD candidature are:
Applicants must also meet the University’s English Language requirements .
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For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://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:
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