Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.
|Year and Campus:||2016 - Southbank|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Level:||Research Higher Degree|
|Duration & Credit Points:||Students are expected to complete this research in 4.00 years full time, or equivalent part time.|
Associate Professor Dr Barb Bolt
VCA & MCM Faculty Research Office
Faculty of the VCA & MCM
Old Police Hospital
Cnr Southbank Bde and StKilda Rd
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352) or 9035 9175
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 appendices. 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.
Further information and forms are available at: www.gradresearch.unimelb.edu.au and http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/info/research. Initial contact should be made through the VCA & MCM Faculty Research Office by calling +61 3 9035 9175 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and Faculty information on applications can be found at: http://vca.unimelb.edu.au/study/degrees
The creative work may take the form of performance, exhibition, writing (poetry, fiction, script or other written literary forms), film, video, design multimedia, CD Rom or other New Media technologies and modes of presentation. The creative work and dissertation will be examined as an integrated whole.
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the VCA is a program of independent creative arts research, for which both traditional and practice-led PhD research modes are offered. The PhD involves a substantial piece of original and independent research, pursued under the guidance of Supervisors with expertise in your area of research interest.
The normal length of a doctoral thesis is 80,000 - 100,000 words. In this degree, a PhD thesis may take the form of performance and/or corpus of creative work (please refer to the Learning Outcomes above), plus a dissertation of 40,000 - 50,000 words which aims to address, elucidate and contextualise the work.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
• a four-year bachelor degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and have achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% in the final year subjects or (University of Melbourne) equivalent (for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), a minimum weighted average of 80% in the final year subjects or (University of Melbourne) equivalent); or
• a masters degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% or (University of Melbourne) equivalent; (for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), a minimum weighted average of 80% or University of Melbourne equivalent); or
• a qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent;
• a research proposal;
• referee reports (except for applicants who have graduated from the University of Melbourne within the last 5 years); and
• the endorsement of a prospective supervisor
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In selecting applicants, the selection committee will consider applicants’:
• prior academic performance and, if relevant, professional qualifications;
• understanding of the research question to be explored;
• demonstrated ability in the creative discipline;
• performance at an interview;
• motivation and capacity to complete the course in a timely manner;
• relevant prior research and/or professional experience; and
• the referee reports.
3. The selection committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Selection and Admission into Graduate Research Courses Policy.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, the following performance bands are required: Doctor of Philosophy - PhD – Victorian College of the Arts Band 6.5
|Core Participation Requirements:||
All candidates are required to complete the equivalent of at least one-third advanced study and research at the University (unless studying at an approved outside institution). The RHDC will not approve entirely distance supervision or entirely on-line supervision for research higher degree students.
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.
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 students' acquisition of these attributes.
PhD applicants should discuss their research interests with the Graduate Reserach Coordinator and/or potential supervisor at the department in which they would like to enrol prior to submitting an application.
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