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

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

RHD - Research Higher Degree

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

AQF -  Australian Qualifications Framework

3.  Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to all Schools, Faculties and Institutes in the provision of research higher degree training.

4.  Policy Statement

The AQF regulates Australian education qualifications including RHDs. This policy describes the allowable format for research training for MPhil and PhD awards as dictated 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 RHD.

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

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

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

6.4 Approval to systematically enrol a cohort of RHD candidates in advanced coursework or other structured learning must be approved by the Research Higher Degrees Committee.

7. Volume of Learning

7.1 An MPhil is typically 1 to 2 years in duration.

7.2 A PhD is typically 3 to 4 years in duration.

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 an RHD program. These procedures enact the Research Training Policy.

2.  Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

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

RHD - Research Higher Degree

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

AQF - Australian Qualifications Framework

3.  Procedures Scope/Coverage

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

4.  Procedures Statement

Advanced coursework and other structured learning components can be incorporated into an individual's RHD program. An AOU can use additional research training components systematically for all or some of their RHD 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 RHD include (but are not limited to):

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

5.2 When enrolling in advanced courses that are considered to appropriately enhance the RHD:

  • 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 RHD; and
  • the total units of additional courses must not contravene the AQF stipulation for the appropriate component of research in the RHD program.

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 RHD 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 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 proceed in parallel.
  • The attainment of all candidature milestones should comply with the timelines stated in Research Higher Degree Candidature Progression and Development.
  • 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 RHD candidates, the enrolling AOU must submit a proposal to Research Higher Degrees Committee that:

  • identifies the required research training components, by when the components must be completed during candidature, and to what standard; and
  • outlines the academic benefits to the students for including 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