Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.
|Year and Campus:||2013 - 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.|
Prospective Student Enquiries:
Melbourne Medical School
Telephone: 61 3 8344 5998
Email your enquiry about Melbourne Medical School research courses to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently enrolled student enquiries:
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Student Centre
Level 1, Brownless Biomedical Library
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia
Phone: +61 3 8344 5890
Fax: +61 3 9347 7084
The Doctor of Medical Science (DMedSc) is a higher research doctorate offered by the Melbourne Medical School to medical graduates of the University of Melbourne and other recognised universities.
The DMedSc enrolled candidature course (J15AA) is designed for medical graduates to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research at the doctoral research level. Enrolment for the research project is normally undertaken over two years full-time or four years part-time. At the end of the two years, candidates submit a thesis of between 80,000 and 100,000 words for external examination.
Doctor of Medicine (research doctorate):
Rules and regulations relating to the Doctor of Medical Science govern the teaching out of the Doctor of Medicine (research doctorate) degree. The last intake for the Doctor of Medicine (reserach doctorate) was 2009. Students may apply to transfer to the Doctor of Medical Science at any time prior to submission of their thesis for examination. Transfer to the DMedSc is not available at any time after submission of the thesis for examination.
On completion of the course students should be able to:
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Candidates will have appropriately experienced supervisor/s who, in consultation with the candidate, arranges a course of supervised research designed to suit the individual requirements and interests of the candidate and aligned with the research focus of the department. A candidate may be required to supplement their research program by attendance at, or enrolment in, additional subjects if considered necessary by the supervisor(s).
The DMedSc may normally be undertaken in any department of the Melbourne Medical School and in some Faculty-based centres such as the Centre for Youth, Mental Health, the Nossal Institute for Global Health, the Centre for Neuroscience and the Department of Medical Biology (WEHI). Please note that entry is subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor and research project.
The Doctor of Medical Science is classified as a research doctorate with thesis requirements comparable to the Doctor of Philosophy. However the DMedSc differs from the PhD in that the normal course duration is two years full-time with up to one year of extension available. For this reason, the rules, requirements and procedures for the Doctor of Medical Science (J15AA) are based on those of the Master of Philosophy (Medicine) and candidates and staff are referred to the Master of Philsoophy Handbook in regard to matters such as progress reviews, conversion to PhD, completion seminar requirements, supervisors, supervisor training and examination requirements.
Progress Report RequiremetCandidates are required to submit six monthly progress reports. Completion of progress reports is required for the continuation of enrolment and any scholarship held. The first six month progress report is a major hurdle for the DMedSc in which candidates will also be required to give a 15 minute presentation of their work. The Completion Report attachment is submitted at two years full-time and whenever an extension to candidature or lapse in good standing is sought. Candidates can check the Student Portal at any time to see the date of their next progress review. International AusAID-sponsored students will be required to submit end-of-semester reports to AusAID.
DMedSc candidates are required to make a public presentation of their research findings at the University within three months of submitting their thesis for examination. The Seminar should present the objectives, methods, findings and significance of the candidate's DMedSc thesis research.
All candidates are required to undertake a review of their progress at least annually. The due dates for these milestone reports will be adjusted accordingly if candidates have approved periods of leave of absence or change their study rate between fulltime and part-time candidature. Candidates can check the Student Portal at any time to see the date of their next Progress Review.
Conversion to PhD
Candidates who have completed 6 months or more of the DMedSc degree and who are qualified for admission to the PhD program may apply for conversion to confirmed PhD candidature. Converting candidates are required to undertake the same confirmation process as probationary PhD candidates. An unfinished Masters degree or other doctorate normally cannot contribute to meeting the eligibility requirements for admission into the PhD.
All DMedSc candidates are required to make a public presentation of their research findings at the University within three months of submitting their thesis for examination. The Seminar should present the objectives, methods, findings and significance of the candidate's DMedSc thesis research.
For information in regard to supervision, supervisor training, Advisory Committees and other aspects of the DMedSc, please refer to the Master of Philosophy Handbook.
Applicants will be assessed using the criteria described below. The measures include an assessment of a candidate's knowledge of the discipline and evidence of their ability to complete a rigorous research project. Applicants are required to meet the minimum standards described for each of the four measures.
1. Minimum qualifications
Applicants are required to have completed a medical degree at H2A standard or above from an Australian university, or a medical qualification considered by the Faculty to be equivalent. The completion must be at least two years’ standing.
2. Minimum level of academic achievement
Applicants should have achieved an overall H2A (75-79%) grade or above in the relevant medical qualification.
3. Currency of applicant's knowledge of the discipline
The applicant's degree/s and/or professional experience must demonstrate that their knowledge of the discipline in which they plan to undertake their DMedSc is current. It is therefore expected that an applicant will have completed their medical studies and/or any relevant professional medical and/or research experience in the 10 years immediately prior to their intended entry to the DMedSc.
4. Assessment of level of commitment
Based on interview or other communication, an assessment should be made of the level of understanding, motivation and time commitment of the student for the proposed program of study. For example, a full-time student would be expected to devote at least 40 hours a week and a part-time student about half of this.
In exceptional circumstances, the Faculty may consider for admission a person who does not meet the minimum standards set out below, if it is satisfied that the person's experience in health or medical research and/or general medicine and the results of that experience indicate the person is likely to have the ability to pursue the course successfully. In such cases, or where other minimum standards as specified below are not all met, the proposed department of enrolment may present an evidence-based case for admissioni to the course to the Associate Dean (Research Training), noting that final approval of such cases is determined by the University's Research Higher Degrees Committee (RHDC).
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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 course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives 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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit: 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. In addition, professional doctoral studies provide advanced training designed to enhance professional knowledge in a specialist area, and encourage the acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.
The University expects its doctoral graduates to have the following qualities and skills:
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|Links to further information:||http://medicine.unimelb.edu.au/study-here/rhd/dmedsci|
Refer to the University's Master of Philosophy Handbook for information relevant for the Doctor of Medical Science degree at the University of Melbourne.
Refer to the Melbourne School of Graduate Research for information about thesis examination and submission.
For information about the application process, refer to the Melbourne Medical School.
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