Policy

Research Training - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

This policy outlines the requirements for research training as regulated within the Australian education system by the Australian Qualifications Framework.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

AQF - Australian Qualifications Framework

Dean - Dean of the UQ Graduate School or delegate

Enrolling AOU - an Academic Organisational Unit that directly enrols HDR candidates

FTE - Full-time equivalent enrolment

HDR - Higher Degree by Research

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

Professional Doctorate (research) (PDRes) - a professional doctorate administered by the UQ Graduate School where at least two thirds of the program is research at AQF level 10

3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to all HDR candidates enrolled in a HDR at The University of Queensland.

4. Policy Statement

The AQF regulates Australian education qualifications including HDRs. This policy describes the allowable format for research training for MPhil, PhD, and professional doctorate (research) awards as described by the AQF. Allowable components of research training include research and advanced coursework.

5. Quantum of Research

5.1 Research is the defining characteristic of a HDR.

5.2 A candidate enrolled in a MPhil must undertake a program of study of which two thirds constitutes research, research training, and independent study.

5.3 A candidate enrolled in a PhD must undertake a program of study that constitutes at least two years and typically comprises two thirds or more of research.

5.4 A candidate enrolled in a professional doctorate (research) must undertake research that constitutes at least two thirds of the program as specified by the individual program rules.

6. Coursework and Structured Learning

6.1 A candidate enrolled in an MPhil may also undertake advanced coursework or structured learning to enable the individual to apply knowledge in a range of contexts and to provide a pathway for further learning.

6.2 A candidate enrolled in a PhD may also undertake advanced coursework or structured learning that aims to enhance the candidate's capacity to make a significant contribution to knowledge in their discipline(s) of study. This coursework may support but not replace research outcomes.

6.3 A candidate enrolled in a professional doctorate (research) is required to undertake the coursework requirements specified in the individual program rules.

6.4 An enrolling AOU may require that an individual HDR candidate undertake advanced coursework or structured learning as part of that candidate's HDR program. The AOU must obtain the approval of the Dean, UQ Graduate School.

6.5 Systematic enrolment of a cohort of HDR candidates in advanced coursework or structured learning must be approved by the Dean, UQ Graduate School.

7. Volume of Learning

7.1 An MPhil is a minimum of one year and maximum of two years FTE in duration.

7.2 A PhD is typically a minimum of three years and a maximum of four years FTE in duration.

7.3 A professional doctorate (research) is typically three to four years FTE in duration, the exact duration of which is specified in the program rules.

7.4 The Dean may approve a shortened program following a request from the enrolling AOU that addresses the criteria listed in 10.5 of PPL 4.60.04 Higher Degree by Research Admission -  Procedures.

Custodians
Dean, Graduate School
Professor Alastair McEwan

Procedures

Research Training - Procedures

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1. Purpose and Objectives

These procedures outline the processes that must be followed when incorporating components other than research into a HDR program. These procedures enact the Research Training Policy.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

AQF - Australian Qualifications Framework

Dean - Dean of the UQ Graduate School or delegate

Enrolling AOU - an Academic Organisational Unit that directly enrols HDR candidates

HDR - Higher Degree by Research

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

Professional Doctorate (research) (PDRes) - a professional doctorate administered by the UQ Graduate School where at least two thirds of the program is research at AQF level 10

3. Procedures Scope/Coverage

These procedures apply to all schools, faculties and institutes in the provision of higher degree by research training.

4. Procedures Statement

Advanced coursework and other structured learning components can be incorporated into an individual's HDR program. An AOU can use additional research training components systematically for all or some of their HDR candidates. These procedures outline what is considered additional components of research training and the processes governing their use by individuals or AOU.

5. Coursework and Structured Learning

5.1 Additional components of research training during a HDR include (but are not limited to):

  • enrolment in relevant courses and workshops
  • training in specialist research skills
  • industry placements
  • laboratory rotations.

5.2 When enrolling in relevant courses that are considered to appropriately enhance the HDR:

  • the student does not incur any fee liability for the courses
  • the courses must be completed to a satisfactory standard prior to the award of the HDR
  • the total units of additional courses must not contravene the AQF stipulation for the appropriate component of research in the HDR program
  • the credit for courses undertaken as part of the HDR program cannot be transferred to other programs including a Higher Doctorate, Bachelor Honours, Postgraduate Coursework, or any other degree that does not lead to a Research Doctorate or Research Masters.

6. Systematic Use of Coursework and Structured Learning by AOUs

6.1 Enrolling AOUs may use additional research training components systematically as part of the standard package of research training provided to some or all of their HDR candidates. In these cases the following applies:

  • The additional research training component is a condition of candidature in that enrolling AOU.
  • The student must be advised of this condition in the offer of admission prior to commencement of candidature, including the milestone by which the condition must be met (by confirmation, by another milestone, by submission or by award) and to what standard.
  • The condition may be waived, in part or in full, by the enrolling AOU if the student demonstrates that they have already met the condition (for example, that they have completed a course or its equivalent in a previous degree).
  • The research and additional research training components of the program should usually proceed in parallel.
  • The attainment of all candidature milestones should comply with the timelines stated in PPL 4.60.05 Higher Degree by Research Candidature Progression.
  • The basis of the award of the degree is the examination of the scholarly output of the research component of the degree, and successful completion of coursework requirements.

6.2 To obtain approval to use additional research training components systematically for a cohort of HDR candidates, the enrolling AOU must submit a proposal to the Dean, UQ Graduate School that:

  • Identifies the required research training components, identifies the timeframe for completion of the components during candidature, and the standard of performance
  • Describes the academic benefit to the students that justifies inclusion of these components systematically in the research training provided by the AOU.
Custodians
Dean, Graduate School
Professor Alastair McEwan
Custodians
Dean, Graduate School
Professor Alastair McEwan