PhD Research

Subject PSYC90064 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings between the candidate and their research supervisor(s) and occasional meetings, as required, with the thesis advisory committee. Students must commit to at least 12 months full-time equivalent study at the University during the time of their candidature
Total Time Commitment: Not available

The minimum entry eligibility requirement for the PhD is an Australian four-year honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant discipline with a minimum overall average grade equivalent to an H2A (75%) grade achieved at the University of Melbourne.

Applicants who do not have a four-year honours degree must demonstrate they have conducted a research project equivalent to 25% of a year's full-time study at fourth-year, or masters level.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Completion of the equivalent to a four-year Honours sequence in Psychology.
Non Allowed Subjects: There are no non-allowed subjects.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

The PhD is awarded on the basis of a thesis of no more than 100,000 words, in which the candidate reports on an independent, sustained and academically-supervised research project investigating a specialised topic.

The candidate's research is expected to make a significant new contribution to the discipline.

Objectives: Graduation with a PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy, marks a student's admission to the community of scholars in his or her discipline.
Assessment: Students are expected to demonstrate satisfactory progress appropriate for their year of enrolment and course.

1. Students enrolled in the Master of Psychology/PhD combined program are expected to complete a research progress report toward the end of the first year of full-time study. In their second year of enrolment, combined degree students are required to submit a written thesis proposal of between 3000 and 4500 words and to successfully defend it before a review committee. The thesis defence is expected to take place before the end of June in the second year; however, the formal confirmation due date is 10 December. Thesis progress will be evaluated twice per year in years 1 and 2 and annually thereafter.

2. Students enrolled in the PhD program are required to submit a written thesis proposal of between 3000 and 4500 words and to successfully defend it before a review committee during the second half of the first year of full-time study. Thesis progress will be evaluated annually in years 2 and 3 of enrolment.

A thesis of no more than 100,000 words will be submitted for examination by two external examiners, one of whom will be overseas.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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