Higher Doctorates - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

1.1 This policy provides a University-wide framework for the development, structure, and administration of higher doctorate programs, so that there is consistency between disciplines across the University.

1.2 Each higher doctorate program is administered by the appropriate Faculty in accordance with this policy and the program rules for that higher doctorate.

1.3 Where there is conflict between this policy and the program rules, this policy takes precedence.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

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3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to all staff and students at The University of Queensland.

4. Policy Statement

4.1 Higher doctorates are awarded by The University of Queensland on the basis of a substantial body of published scholarly work that comprises a significant, distinguished and coherent contribution to knowledge in the relevant discipline. Higher doctorate applicants have typically reached a peak in their professional careers and enrol in the higher doctorate program to explore a theoretical framework and present a major synthesis of their published research.

5. Admission Requirements

5.1. The Faculty’s decision to admit an applicant to a higher doctorate program is based on the information submitted by the applicant as part of the admission process.

5.2 The material to be submitted as part of an application must include:

  • a complete list of the applicant’s publications and research history; and
  • an overview of the material that is to be submitted for the degree; and
  • a statement of how the material to be submitted makes a coherent contribution to the advancement of knowledge.

5.3 The minimum period from award of bachelor’s degree to lodging an application for admission to a higher doctorate is 7 years.

6. The Higher Doctorate Degree Committee

6.1 The Faculty must appoint a small standing committee of eminent researchers to advise the Executive Dean on matters relating to:

  • admission to higher doctorate programs;
  • whether the material submitted by the candidate for examination is of a suitable standard and in an appropriate format;
  • nomination of examiners; and
  • recommendations on the award of higher doctorate degrees.

6.2 The Committee is expected to consult appropriate individuals with relevant expertise on matters as they arise.

7. Enrolment Requirements

7.1 The minimum period of enrolment for all higher doctorates is 1 semester.

7.2 Unlike the research higher degree programs (Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy), higher doctorates are awarded on the basis of already completed research as demonstrated by published scholarly work. For that reason, higher doctorate programs do not require candidates to undertake substantial research during the period of enrolment.

8. Material to be Submitted for Examination

8.1 The material to be submitted for examination comprises:

  • the previously published scholarly work; and
  • the theoretical basis and the synthesis of the previously published work; and
  • additional material as directed by the Faculty.

8.2 Any additional material required by the Faculty (such as discipline-specific output that demonstrates a significant and original contribution to knowledge) must be identified either

  • in the higher doctorate program rules; or
  • in writing at the point of admission to the higher doctorate program.

9. Examination Process

9.1 The Faculty must appoint at least two examiners, both of whom are external to the University.

9.2 The examiners must determine the academic merit of the research and advise the Executive Dean accordingly.

9.3 There is no provision for an oral examination.

9.4 The Executive Dean may appoint an extra examiner or an adjudicator if

  • there is disagreement between the examiners; or
  • for any other reason determined by the Executive Dean.

9.5 The recommendation to award or not to award rests with the relevant Executive Dean.

9.6 Executive approval for award of the degree goes through the President of Academic Board to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Academic Registrar Mr Mark Erickson
Academic Registrar Mr Mark Erickson