Doctor of Science

Course 750-AA (2009)

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Year and Campus: 2009
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


Melbourne Graduate School of Science
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne

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Course Overview:

A candidate whose work, in the opinion of the examiners includes a substantial, original contribution to Science; and is of such a standard as to give the candidate authoritative standing in the field of the candidate's study; and who has fulfilled the prescribed conditions; may be admitted to the degree of Doctor of Science.

A candidate for the degree of Doctor of Science must be a graduate, of not less than five years' standing since qualifying for the degree, who has completed either:

  • a Bachelor of Science of the University; or
  • a graduate in some other faculty of the University who satisfies the faculty that he or she has had adequate scientific training; or
  • a graduate of another university or tertiary educational institution who -
  • has been admitted to a degree recognised by the faculty pursuant to Statute 11.1.6 as appropriate for the purposes of this regulation; and
  • satisfies the faculty that he or she has had adequate scientific training; and either:
  • is a member of the academic staff of the University of at least two years' standing; or
  • has had, in the opinion of the faculty, a substantial association with the University.

An applicant for candidature must submit the prescribed number of copies of a thesis, which may consist of published or unpublished work of the applicant.

The faculty must appoint a perusal committee to determine whether the subject matter of the work presented falls within the scope of Science and, if so, whether, in general terms, the quality and quantity of the work presented justifies submitting the work to assessment.

Objectives: Please refer to the course description above.
Entry Requirements:

Please also refer to the course description above.

Intending candidates for the degree of Doctor of Science submit three soft-bound copies consisting of reprints of publications and/or papers which will make up the thesis. In addition, an introduction to the works being presented for examination should be submitted with a list of contents. Where the candidate has collaborated with others, a signed statement indicating the content of their share in the work must also be included. Candidates should be able to show that they have been responsible for a significant portion of the research work.

Core Participation Requirements:

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:

Graduate Attributes: None

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