Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.
|Year and Campus:||2014 - 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.|
Melbourne Graduate School of Science
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne
Tel: + 61 3 8344 6128
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 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 the PhD Graduand 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.
The Faculty of Science offers PhD programs in the following departments:
For information in regards to the research groups within the Faculty of Science departments as listed above, please refer to: http://science.unimelb.edu.au/research-themes
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See 'Graduate Attributes'
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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. All candidates for the PhD-Science will be examined on the basis of their thesis.
The criteria for assessing applicants' eligibility for PhD-Science candidature are:
1. Minimum qualifications
2. Minimum level of academic achievement
3. Relevance of the degree
4. Evidence of research ability
5. Currency of applicant's knowledge of the discipline
6. Assessment of suitability
Applicants must also meet the University’s English Language requirements.
|Core Participation Requirements:||
All PhD candidates are required to complete the equivalent of at least 12 months full-time (24 months part-time) advanced study and research in the University unless studying at an outside institution approved by the Research Higher Degrees Committee (RHDC). The RHDC will not approve entirely distance supervision or entirely on-line supervision for graduate researchers.
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 will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Disability Liaison.
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:
The University provides a variety of opportunities in addition to the supervised research program, to facilitate a student's acquisition of these attributes.
|Links to further information:||http://www.gradresearch.unimelb.edu.au/|
Application Procedure: Detailed course and scholarship application information is available at http://graduate.science.unimelb.edu.au/
Facilities and Supports: The Melbourne School of Graduate Research makes available a broad range of Programs & Services available to graduate research students.
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