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    • Graduate Research School
      • Master's Degree by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School
        Terms used

        In the rules that follow—

        the Board means the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function.

        head of school means a person appointed or acting in that capacity or the Graduate Research Coordinator of the school, Graduate Research Coordinators being designated academics who have been approved by the head of school and the Board to act on behalf of the head of school on matters pertaining to the master's degree by research;

        higher degree by research means postgraduate degree course for which at least two thirds of the student load is required as research;

        by thesis means by submission of a thesis or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean by submission of a thesis and/or other work as required in the rules for specific degrees;

        a student and/or students means a student and/or students enrolled for the degree of master by research by thesis;

        master's degree by research means the master's degree by research by thesis;

        upgrade refers to a change in course from a master's degree by research to a PhD with no break in enrolment except as permitted by an approved period of suspension and where the research undertaken by the student while enrolled for the master's degree will be continued in the PhD or modified to meet the requirements of a PhD;

        internal student means a person undertaking study towards a higher degree by research who, except for approved periods, will conduct research and study towards the higher degree on a campus of the University for most or all of their period of candidature; and

        external student means a person undertaking study towards a higher degree by research who, as a result of their location, cannot conduct research and study towards the higher degree on a campus of the University for most or all of their period of candidature.

        Thesis means final research findings submitted as a typescript, a combination of published works and typescript, or a combination of creative outputs and a scholarly exegesis.

        Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1. The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules that follow.

        Academic Conduct and Research Integrity Unit

        1.A(1)  A student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct and Research Integrity unit (the ACRI module) and complete within the first six months from the date of commencement in the course.

        (2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACRI module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.

        (3) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

        Admission and entry requirements

        2.(1) Except as set out in the Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School with special admission or course requirements in this handbook, the Board, on the recommendation of the appropriate head of school, may accept into the course for the degree of master by research (by thesis) an applicant who has demonstrated that they have fulfilled the requirements of the University Policy on: Adequate Research Preparation and any other requirements for admission of the University, and—

        (a) is a graduate of this University or has been admitted to equivalent status;

        or

        (b)(i) has the degree of bachelor of this University or a qualification recognised by the Board as equivalent and has since graduation completed at a satisfactory level a Higher Degree by Research Preliminary Program, or equivalent as determined by the Board, in the subject area in which research is to be undertaken;

        or

        (c) has previously undertaken work at a high enough standard towards a higher degree by research in this or another approved institution but has not submitted it for any degree.

        (2) A student who wishes to undertake a Masters Degree by Research in a field of creative practice must, in addition to satisfying the requirements of (1)(a), (b) or (c), submit evidence of creative works, for example by production of a portfolio of creative writing, moving image, performance, other arts or design work , or a combination of creative outputs (published or unpublished).

        Recognition of qualifications completed at an institution other than this University

        3.(1) The Board may recognise a qualification completed at another tertiary institution as being equivalent to one completed at this University.

        (2) A person who wishes to have a qualification that they have completed at another tertiary institution recognised as equivalent to one completed at this University must provide satisfactory evidence of the work completed for the qualification.

        General requirements for application and eligibility

        4. Unless the Board permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances, a person whose work for a higher degree at this or another institution is under examination at the time of application for admission is not permitted to enrol in a master's degree by research or any associated preliminary program of study until that examination has been completed and the final results have been provided to the Board.

        English language competency requirements

        5. The Board may require an applicant to demonstrate satisfactory performance, as prescribed by the Academic Board, in an approved test of English before being admitted to the University.

        Enrolment

        6.(1) Unless the Board permits otherwise, a student must be enrolled each year until all examinable components of their program have been submitted for examination.

        (2) The Board, having considered the recommendation of the relevant head of school referred to in Rule 19(2), may refuse approval for enrolment.

        7. Except when specific combined courses have been formally approved, a student is not permitted to enrol simultaneously—

        (a) in a course leading to a formal qualification at another institution; or

        (b) in an undergraduate or honours program at this University.

        8.(1) The Board, on written application, may permit a student to enrol in specified coursework units up to a maximum value of 24 points concurrently with a master's degree by research if it considers the specified coursework units to be necessary for successful completion of the master's degree by research program.

        (2) A student for whom enrolment in coursework units to a value greater than 24 points is recommended at the time of application is required to complete these units either as part of an approved preliminary course for a master's degree by research or through Continuing Education before enrolment in the higher degree by research.

        Concurrent enrolment in coursework units

        9. Unless otherwise approved by the Board in exceptional circumstances, a student is not permitted to enrol, as part of the degree, in more than 24 points of undergraduate or postgraduate units.

        10.(1) A student may, with the approval of the Board and the appropriate faculty, enrol concurrently in a micro-credential, certificate, diploma or other coursework program at this University provided that—

        (a) following a written application from the student, the name of the concurrent program is submitted through the supervisor and the head of school to the Board for approval;

        (b) the concurrent program is not one for which the University receives Commonwealth Government funding; and

        (c) tuition fees for the concurrent program are in addition to any tuition fees for the Doctor of Philosophy and are not covered by tuition fee scholarships awarded by the University for the Doctor of Philosophy.  

        (2) A student enrolled in a concurrent program who wishes to continue with the Doctor of Philosophy may be required to withdraw or suspend enrolment in the concurrent program if they do not make satisfactory progress in the course for the Doctor of Philosophy annually.

        (3) Unless the Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, approves otherwise, a student must not be enrolled in a concurrent program during the year in which they indicate they will be submitting a thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

        (4) Unless the Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, approves otherwise, suspensions and extension of candidature are not granted for reasons connected with concurrent enrolment.

        (5) The Board does not grant a reduction of the time limit for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on the basis of work completed during a concurrent enrolment.

        Prior candidature and time limits

        11. Except as otherwise provided by the Board, for a student who commences a course for a master's degree by research at this institution on the basis of an equivalent course in another institution, or for a student who upgrades or changes to another course at the same level—

        (a) the minimum period of enrolment is that prescribed for the course into which the student has changed; and

        (b) the maximum time limit for completion of the course is reduced by the period of enrolment in the course from which the student has changed.

        Enrolment type

        12. Students working, on average, 30 hours per week or more on their postgraduate research work are classified full-time and those working, on average, less than 30 hours per week on their postgraduate research work are classified part-time.

        Internal and external candidature

        13.(1) Except as set out in (2), students are normally enrolled as internal students.

        (2) The Board, on the recommendation of the appropriate head of school, may accept as an external student a student who, in its opinion, is substantially free to pursue a course of supervised research and advanced study provided that—

        (a) the student fulfils the requirement to work within the appropriate University school for a period or periods to be determined by the Board which, during the total period of enrolment, must amount to no less than 10 weeks; and

        (b) suitable internal and external supervision and arrangements for access to facilities and resources, if required, have been arranged and approved by the Board.

        (3) If appropriate electronic or other methods of remote supervision have been arranged and approved by the Board, the requirement for appropriate external supervision may be waived.

        Changes to terms of candidature

        14. The approval of the Board is required for any change to the terms of candidature approved at the time of first enrolment in the master's degree by research.

        Course content

        15. A master's thesis must be a substantial work generally based on independent research which shows a sound knowledge of the subject of the research, evidence of the exercise of some independence of thought and the ability of expression in clear and concise language.

        16.(1) A student must submit a thesis after the completion of a course of supervised research and advanced study in a subject or subjects approved by the Board.

        (2) The course of supervised research and advanced study may include—

        (a) such courses, lectures, seminars and other work as the supervisor or head of school concerned directs; and

        (b) studies and investigations culminating in such reports as the supervisor(s) direct(s); and

        (c) additional requirements as set out in the rules for the relevant degrees in the Master's by Research Degrees Administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School with Special Admission or Course Requirements.

        (3) On the recommendation of the appropriate head of school and supervisor, the Board may prescribe study additional to the requirements of (2).

        17. A student must provide particulars of the progress and results of the research to the supervisor(s) from time to time and whenever requested.

        Research proposal

        18.(1) A student must provide a research proposal to the Board for approval, through the head of school and supervisor(s), within four months from the date of first enrolment for the course if the enrolment is full-time, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        (2)  the research proposal must include the research question, the methodological approach with rationale, and the nature of the research output.  For a thesis including creative work the Research Proposal will explain the relationship between the creative work and the exegesis.

        Annual report

        19.(1) A student must provide an annual progress report, through the appropriate head of school and supervisor(s), in accordance with procedures determined by the Board.

        (2) The report provided by a student must be forwarded by the head of school to the Board with a recommendation on whether the student should be permitted to re-enrol.

        Satisfactory progress

        20. A student must provide particulars of the progress and results of the research and other agreed tasks to their supervisors from time to time and whenever requested.

        21. A student will be deemed to be making satisfactory progress when, in the assessment of their supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator, they have—

        (a) submitted a satisfactory Research Proposal within the agreed time;

        (b) continued to complete sufficient work, at a satisfactory standard, within agreed times; and

        (c) continued to submit reports and other requirements, at a satisfactory standard, within agreed times.

        22. When a student's supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator assess that a student is not making satisfactory progress they will inform the Graduate Research School. The Graduate Research School will—

        (a) inform the student in writing that they are deemed as being at risk of not meeting the course requirements for continuation; and

        (b) request that in three months the student submits an Interim Report addressing the specific concerns raised by the supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator.

        23. On receipt of the Interim Report the Graduate Research School will determine whether the student's candidature in the PhD can continue.

        Approved leave (suspension of candidature) and extension

        24. The Board, on written application, may grant a period of approved leave, called a suspension of candidature, in a master's degree by research course which, unless the Board in recognition of exceptional circumstances permits otherwise, will not exceed one year throughout the duration of candidature.

        25. In addition to the one-year maximum period of suspension of candidature provided for in Rule 24, the Board may, on written application, permit during the course of candidature either—

        (a) up to 12 months' leave for pregnancy and childbirth, for each pregnancy; or

        (b) up to 12 months' parental leave for the primary carer of a child or children.

        26. The Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, may approve an extension not exceeding one year to the maximum period of candidature for masters' degrees by research as set out in these Rules.

        27. Periods of leave granted under Rule 24 or Rule 25 are not counted for the purposes of calculating the time limit for master's degrees by research.

        Minimum and maximum time limits

        28.(1) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, the minimum period of enrolment is one year full-time or two years if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        (2) Unless the Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, grants an extension of time, a full-time student must submit the thesis within two years from the date of first enrolment, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        Transfer of candidature

        29.(1) The Board, on the recommendation of the head of school concerned, may permit a student in the course for a master's degree by research at this University to upgrade candidature to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

        (2) A student who wishes to upgrade to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must, at the time of application for upgrade, provide a research proposal through the head of school for the Board's approval.

        30.(1) Subject to (2), a student enrolled for a master's degree by research may upgrade to a joint/double-badged PhD with full credit for work completed during the course for the master's degree by research (by thesis) of this University.

        (2) Except in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Board, a student is not permitted to transfer into a joint/double-badged PhD if they have been enrolled in their current course for more than half of the maximum period of candidature.

        Termination of candidature

        31. Unless otherwise approved by the Board, if a student's thesis is not submitted within the time limits specified in these Rules, candidature will be terminated automatically.

         

        Intellectual property, confidentiality

        32. If a student's thesis or other work contains material of the kind described in Rule 35, or if the student has obligations to a third party as outlined in that rule, a student must notify the Board in writing, allowing sufficient time for the Board to comply with Rule 33.

        33. Upon written application by a student or by an interested party prior to the lodgement of a thesis or other work, the Board, after consultation with the student, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and others where appropriate, may restrict access to the thesis or other work for a period of time not normally exceeding two years from the date that it is classified as Passed.

        34. The Board may recommend that a student be granted permission to include in an appendix to a thesis or other work material that is essential to the thesis or work but which may not be available for general inspection for a period not normally exceeding two years from the date that the thesis or work is classified as Passed.

        35.(1) The restriction on access referred to in Rules 33 and Rule 34 normally apply only if the thesis or other work contains confidential material, or if it was a condition imposed by the owner of private records and material used by the student, or if the student was in an employment or other contract relationship with a third party that made the restriction a condition of the contract.

        (2) In exceptional circumstances and after consultation with the student, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and others where appropriate, the Board may, for reasons other than those outlined in (1), restrict access to the thesis or other work for a period not normally exceeding two years from the date that the thesis or work is passed.

        36. Subject to Rule 37, during a period of restricted access approved by the Board, a person will be granted access to the thesis or other work or to the appendix only with the written consent of the student and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

        37. The examiners of a thesis or other work and the Board must have access to the thesis or work and any appendix to it for the purposes of any examination, re-examination or classification.

        38. A person authorised to examine or consult a thesis or other work or an appendix to a thesis or other work in terms of Rule 36 or Rule 37 is required to sign a prior undertaking of confidentiality.

        Content and format of a thesis

        39. A thesis must be in English unless the Board has approved otherwise.

        40.(1) Material that has been presented for a degree in this or another university must not be submitted as a student's thesis but, if clearly indicated, may be incorporated in it.

        (2) The sources from which a student's information is derived, the extent to which the work of others has been used and to which the assistance of individuals, associations or institutions has been obtained, must be acknowledged generally in a preface or introduction, specifically in notes, a bibliography or appendices, and must be, throughout the thesis, shown clearly and fully by appropriate references.

        (3) The portion of material presented for examination claimed as original must be indicated in the thesis.

        41.(1)(a) Subject to (b) a thesis may be presented in the form of a typescript, a published book or a paper or series of papers which have been published in refereed journals.

        (b) If a student has been approved on admission and in the Research Proposal, to submit a thesis by creative practice, the submission may include major creative work in the form of written work, including literary forms and scripts, music composition, performance, sound installation, prototype or software, exhibition of visual art or design, or other visual work.  The creative work must be presented in a form that could be transmitted electronically and reasonably accessed by examiners.  The creative work will be accompanied by a scholarly exegesis.

        (c) A typescript may be structured in any of a range of ways, including, but not limited to: a monograph; a paper or series of papers suitable for publication in scholarly journals; or a combination of published and unpublished work.

        (d) Work that has been published may be presented in the format in which it was published or with the formatting adjusted for consistency with the rest of the typescript.

        (2) If any of the items submitted in terms of (1) have been jointly authored—

        (a) the work done by the student must be clearly indicated and certified as such by the co-authors; and

        (b) the co-authors must certify that they agree to the inclusion in the thesis of work of which they are joint authors.

        (3) Work of which the student is sole or joint author may be submitted as an appendix in support of the thesis, but, in the case of joint authorship, the work done by the student must be clearly indicated.

        (4) If a series of papers is presented, there must be a full explanatory introduction and a review article at the end to link the separate papers and to place them in the context of the established body of knowledge.

        (5) If detailed data and descriptions of methods are not otherwise given, they must be included as appendices.

        (6) If, with the approval of the Board, the thesis includes  creative work and scholarly exegesis, the  two parts must be strongly connected, and the exegesis must demonstrate mastery of the conceptual, critical and scholarly skills associated with Masters research and establish the creative work as a substantial contribution to knowledge.

        42. A thesis must include a summary of approximately 250 words.

        43.The thesis must be presented in a form that could be transmitted electronically to and reasonably accessed by examiners.

        Word limits

        44.(1) Except as provided in the rules for individual master's degrees, a thesis or exegesis, including footnotes but excluding words in tables, maps, endnotes, bibliographies, appendices and other illustrative matter, normally must not exceed 50,000 words.

        (2) An exegesis submitted as part of a thesis for the degree of Masters by Research with a Creative Practice component must be no less than 15000 words, including footnotes but excluding words in tables, maps, endnotes, bibliographies, appendices and any other illustrative matter

        (3) If it appears that a thesis is likely to exceed the word limit specified and the Graduate Research Coordinator/head of school concerned judges that there are good reasons for this, the Graduate Research Co-ordinator/head of school must submit a written case for approval of a thesis exceeding the standard limit for the consideration of the Board.

        Submission of a thesis for examination

        45.(1) A student submitting a thesis for examination must submit relevant information as directed by the Graduate Research School and must observe any guidelines set down by the Board regarding the preparation and subsequent disposal of the thesis.

        (2) A thesis submitted for examination must be accompanied by a declaration signed by the student that—

        (a) all sources are acknowledged; and

        (b) the thesis has not previously been accepted for any other degree in this or another institution; and

        (c) the thesis has been substantially accomplished during enrolment in the degree; and

        (d) except in the case of jointly authored work (see Rule 41), the thesis is wholly the student's own composition.

        (3) Except as set out in (4), a thesis submitted for examination must be accompanied by certification from the supervisor(s) and head(s) of school and approved by the Board that the form and content of the thesis are suitable for examination.

        (4) The Board may, in exceptional circumstances, accept for examination a thesis without the certification of the supervisor and/or the head of school and may, after an examination is complete, notify the examiner(s) that the thesis was submitted without school support.

        46. A student must submit for examination an electronic copy of the thesis in a form directed by the Graduate Research School and must comply with any guidelines set down by the Board at the time of submission of the thesis.

        47. In exceptional circumstances a student may be asked by the Graduate Research School  to provide printed copies of the thesis in temporary binding. .

        48. Except in exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Board, a student will not be permitted to withdraw, alter or add to a thesis or work after it has been submitted for examination.

        49. Except as set out in the Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School with special admission or course requirements in this handbook, the submission of a thesis will be regarded as the end of the formal period of enrolment.

        Lodgement of final version following classification

        50.(1) When a thesis has been classified as Passed, the student must, after completing any corrections required, submit to the Graduate Research School an electronic copy of the updated thesis and any related artefacts.

        (2) The format of the version submitted under (1) must comply with detailed specifications laid down by the University Librarian.

        (3) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, after a thesis submitted for the Master of Philosophy has been classified as Passed, the Graduate Research School submits the electronic copy of the thesis to the Library which must make reasonable efforts to convert the electronic copy into a digital format suitable for inclusion in the University's Digital Thesis Repository.

        51. After a thesis has been classified, its examiners are normally invited to keep their copies of the thesis.

        Nomination and appointment of examiners and examination

        52. Prior to the submission of a thesis the appropriate head of school and supervisor(s) must submit to the Board the names of two examiners and a reserve third examiner.

        53.(1) Except as set out in (2), the Board, following submission of a thesis for examination, must appoint two examiners, at least one of whom must be external to the State of Western Australia.

        (2) In exceptional circumstances the Board may approve arrangements other than those prescribed in (1).

        54. A person who has supervised a student for a higher degree program at this or another institution must not be appointed as an examiner for that student's thesis or work.

        55.(1) For a thesis submitted in accordance with the provisions of Rule 45(3), the appropriate head of school, prior to submitting names of examiners to the Board for approval, is required to informally invite the nominated examiners for the thesis and ensure their willingness and availability to examine within the timeframe for examination determined by the Board, which may seek such other advice as it thinks desirable, including a detailed report from the student's supervisor(s).

        (2) For a thesis submitted in accordance with the provisions of Rule 45(4), the appointment of examiners is undertaken by the Board which will seek advice as it thinks necessary and/or desirable.

        56.(1) The names of examiners are not withheld from students.

        (2) Students, supervisors and heads of school must not discuss any aspect of an examination with examiners during the examination process.

        57.(1) Except as set out in (2) and in the rules for specific master's degrees, examiners must not, before submitting their independent reports, consult or otherwise communicate with each other or anyone connected with the preparation of the thesis.

        (2) The Board may ask examiners to consult or otherwise communicate with each other before, or after, receipt of their individual reports.

        58. Before a thesis is classified, the Board may require a student to—

        (a) sit a written examination in subjects related to the thesis; and/or

        (b) undertake an oral examination by video-conferencing, teleconferencing or any other mode of communication approved by the Board in subjects related to the thesis.

        (c) Present part of their research by means of an exhibition, performance, literary work or visual artefacts.

        59. To classify a thesis, the Board may require a student and/or supervisor, after submission of a thesis and before or after receipt of examiners' reports, to provide it with further information, and/or comment and explanation concerning any aspect of the thesis.

        Classification of theses 

        60.(1) The Board, after considering all reports on a thesis submitted for examination, classifies the thesis as Passed with no requirement for revision, Passed subject to revision, Resubmit or Failed.

        (2) A thesis classified as Passed subject to revision must, once the required revisions have been carried out to the satisfaction of the Board, be classified as Passed.

        (3) The Board may classify a thesis which has been Passed with no requirement for revision as Passed.

        61.A student whose thesis or workis classified as Passed with no requirement for revision is expected to submit the final version of their thesis and associated paperwork within one month, and must do so within three months, of the date of notification of classification.

        62. A student whose thesis or work is classified as Passed subject to revision must complete the revisions within three months of the date of notification of classification. Requests for extension of this time must be submitted to the Graduate Research School through the supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator.

        63. In the case of degree courses which have examinable work in addition to a thesis the final classification of the degree program is based on the outcome of the examination of all components of the program and is made by the Board having regard, if appropriate, to the recommendation of the relevant head of school.

        Resubmission

        64.(1) The Board must not classify a thesis as Resubmit unless, having considered the examiners' reports and any other relevant information, it agrees that the thesis shows some merit and may, by a specified amount of further work under approved supervision, be sufficiently improved for re-submission.

        (2) If the Board classifies a thesis as Resubmit, it must inform the student of the further work which is required before it may be resubmitted.

        (3) A student whose thesis is classified as Resubmit must—

        (a) resubmit the thesis for examination within one calendar year of the date of notification of classification; and

        (b) submit with the thesis a detailed report, signed by the supervisor and head of school; and

        (c) re-enrol and remain enrolled until the thesis is resubmitted for examination.

        (4) At the discretion of the Board the resubmitted thesis and the report on the revisions are submitted to—

        (a) two of the original examiners of the thesis; or

        (b) one of the original examiners of the thesis and a new examiner; or

        (c) at least two new examiners.

        (5) In the event that one of the examiners fails to submit their report within a reasonable time the
        Board may, at its discretion, either classify the thesis on the basis of the single report received or
        appoint an additional examiner.

        (6) Examiners of a resubmitted master's thesis are invited to recommend one of the following to the Board: Pass with no requirement for further correction; Pass after minor typographical errors have been corrected; or Fail.

        65. A resubmitted master's thesis must, after examination, be classified as Passed or Failed.

        Examination of a master's degree by research thesis as a PhD thesis

        66.(1) After having regard to the recommendation of the appropriate head of school, the Board may permit a student who has completed a thesis for a master's degree by research to submit that thesis for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, although the student has at no time been enrolled for that degree.

        (2) If, after considering the examiners' reports on a thesis submitted for the award of a master's degree by research, the Board considers that the thesis may be suitable for submission for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, it may with the agreement of the student permit the student to submit the thesis for examination for the award of that degree.

        (3) If, after due consideration, the Board determines that a thesis produced as part of the course for a master's degree by research but recommended for submission for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is not suitable for that examination, it must so advise the student immediately.

        (4) If the Board is satisfied that the thesis is suitable for submission for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, it must arrange the examination immediately.

        67. If, following examination, the Board classifies a thesis submitted for examination in terms of Rule 65(4) as Passed—

        (a) the student is qualified for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, although he or she has at no time been enrolled for that degree; and

        (b) the Board arranges for details of the student's qualification for the degree to be entered on the academic record as a course result of 'PhD Awarded'.

        68. If, after considering the examiners' reports on the thesis submitted for examination in terms of Rule 65(4), the Board determines that the thesis is not suitable for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy the Board must—

        (a) so advise the student; and 

        (b) arrange for the academic record to be annotated to indicate that the thesis was examined, but found unsuitable, for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy; and

        (c) proceed to examine or classify the thesis, as appropriate, in terms of the rules for the master's degree by research (by thesis) for which it was originally submitted.

      • Doctor of Philosophy Rules
        Doctor of Philosophy Rules

        Terms used

        In the rules that follow—

        the Board means the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function.

        a Graduate Research Program is a formal research training curriculum that has been approved by the Academic Council on the recommendation of the BOARD of the Graduate Research School. The curriculum includes the execution of a research project and preparation of a thesis, plus coursework, industry placement and/or other elements as may be appropriate.

        head of school means a person appointed or acting in that capacity or the Graduate Research Coordinator of the school, Graduate Research Coordinators being designated academics who have been approved by the head of school and the Board to act on behalf of the head of school on matters pertaining to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD);

        higher degree by research means a postgraduate degree course for which at least two thirds of the student load is required as research;

        a student and/or students means a student and/or students enrolled for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy;

        upgrade refers to a change in course from a master's degree by research to a PhD with no break in enrolment except as permitted by an approved period of suspension and where the research undertaken by the student while enrolled for the master's degree will be continued in the PhD or modified to meet the requirements of a PhD;

        downgrade refers to a change in course from a PhD to a master's degree by research with no break in enrolment except as permitted by an approved period of suspension and where the research undertaken by the student will be modified to meet the requirements of the master's degree by research;

        internal student means a person undertaking study towards a higher degree by research who, except for approved periods, will conduct research and study towards the higher degree on a campus of the University for most or all of their period of candidature; and

        external student means a person undertaking study towards a higher degree by research who, as a result of their location, cannot conduct research and study towards the higher degree on a campus of the University for most or all of their period of candidature.

        Thesis means final research findings submitted as a typescript, a combination of published works and typescript, or a combination of creative outputs and a scholarly exegesis.

        Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1. The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

        Academic Conduct and Research Integrity Unit

        1.A(1) A student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct and Research Integrity unit  (the ACRI module) and complete within the first six months from the date of commencement in the course.

        (2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACRI module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.

        (3) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

        Admission

        2.(1) Subject to (2), to be provisionally accepted by the Board into the course for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, an applicant must demonstrate that they have fulfilled the requirements of the University Policy on: Adequate Research Preparation and any other requirements for admission of the University, and—

        (a) have a bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification recognised by the Board as equivalent;

        or

        (b)(i) have previously undertaken work, which in the Board's opinion is of a sufficiently high standard, towards a higher degree by research in this or another approved institution but not have submitted it for any degree. This includes former students who may have previously exceeded the normal duration of their course; and

        (ii) have completed and had approved by the Board, on the recommendation of the supervisor and the head of school, a PhD research proposal;

        or

        (c) have the degree of bachelor of this University or have a qualification recognised by the Board as equivalent, and have since graduation completed at a satisfactory level a Higher Degree by Research Preliminary Program, or equivalent as determined by the board, in the subject area in which research is to be undertaken.

        (2) A student who wishes to undertake a PhD in a field of creative practice must, in addition to satisfying the requirements of (1)(a), (b) or (c), submit evidence of creative works, for example by production of a portfolio of creative writing, moving image, performance, other arts or design work , or a combination of creative outputs (published or unpublished).

        Recognition of qualifications completed at institutions other than this University

        3.(1) The Board may recognise a qualification completed at another tertiary institution as being equivalent to one completed at this University.

        (2) A person who wishes to have a qualification that they have completed at another tertiary institution recognised as equivalent to one completed at this University must provide satisfactory evidence of the work completed for the qualification.

        General requirements for application and eligibility

        4. Unless the Board permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances, a person whose work for a higher degree at this or another institution is under examination at the time of application for admission is not permitted to enrol for the Doctor of Philosophy or any associated preliminary program of study until that examination has been completed and the final results have been provided to the Board.

        English language competency requirements

        5. The Board may require an applicant to demonstrate satisfactory performance, as prescribed by the Academic Board, in an approved test of English before being admitted to the University.

        Enrolment

        6.(1) Unless the Board permits otherwise, a student must be enrolled each year until all examinable components of their program have been submitted for examination.

        (2) The Board, having considered the recommendation of the relevant head of school referred to in Rule 19(2), may refuse approval for enrolment.

        7. Except when specific combined courses have been formally approved, a student is not permitted to enrol simultaneously—

        (a) in a course leading to a formal qualification at another institution; or

        (b) in an undergraduate or honours program at this University.

        8.(1) The Board, on written application, may permit a student to enrol in specified coursework units up to a maximum value of 24 points concurrently with the Doctor of Philosophy if it considers the specified coursework units to be necessary for successful completion of the degree program.

        (2) A student for whom enrolment in coursework units to a value greater than 24 points is recommended at the time of application is required to complete these units either as part of an approved preliminary course or through Continuing Education before enrolment in the Doctor of Philosophy.

        Concurrent enrolment in coursework units

        9. Unless otherwise approved by the Board in exceptional circumstances, a student is not permitted to enrol, as part of the degree, in more than 24 points of undergraduate or postgraduate units.

        10.(1) A student may, with the approval of the Board and the appropriate school, enrol concurrently in a micro-credential, certificate, diploma or other coursework program at this University provided that—

        (a) following a written application from the student, the name of the concurrent program is submitted through the supervisor and the head of school to the Board for approval;

        (b) the concurrent program is not one for which the University receives Commonwealth Government funding; and

        (c) tuition fees for the concurrent program are in addition to any tuition fees for the Doctor of
        Philosophy and are not covered by tuition fee scholarships awarded by the University for the Doctor of Philosophy.  

        (2) A student enrolled in a concurrent program who wishes to continue with the Doctor of Philosophy may be required to withdraw or suspend enrolment in the concurrent program if they do not make satisfactory progress in the course for the Doctor of Philosophy annually.

        (3) Unless the Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, approves otherwise, a student must not be enrolled in a concurrent program during the year in which they indicate they will be submitting a thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

        (4) Unless the Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, approves otherwise, suspensions and extension of candidature are not granted for reasons connected with concurrent enrolment.

        (5) The Board does not grant a reduction of the time limit for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on the basis of work completed during a concurrent enrolment.

        Prior candidature and time limits

        11. Except as otherwise provided by the Board, for a student who commences a course for the Doctor of Philosophy at this institution on the basis of an equivalent course in another institution, or for a student who upgrades, downgrades or changes to another course at the same level—

        (a) the minimum period of enrolment is that prescribed for the course into which the student has changed; and

        (b) the maximum time limit for completion of the course is reduced by the period of enrolment in the course from which the student has changed.

        Enrolment type

        12.(1) Students are enrolled as either full-time (1.0 FTE) or part-time (0.5 FTE).
        (2) Students who are enrolled full-time are expected to work on their research at least 30 hours per
        week.
        (3) Students who are enrolled part-time are expected to work on their research at least 15 hours per week.

        Internal and external candidature

        13.(1) Except as set out in (2), students are normally enrolled as internal students.

        (2) The Board, on the recommendation of the appropriate head of school, may accept as an external student a student who, in its opinion, is substantially free to pursue a course of supervised research and advanced study provided that—

        (a) the student fulfils the requirement to work within the appropriate University school for a period or periods to be determined by the Board which, during the total period of enrolment, must normally amount to no less than 13 weeks; and

        (b) suitable internal and external supervision and arrangements for access to facilities and resources, if required, have been arranged and approved by the Board.

        (3) If appropriate electronic or other methods of remote supervision have been arranged and approved by the Board, the requirement for appropriate external supervision may be waived.

        Changes to terms of candidature

        14.(1) The approval of the Board is required for any change to the terms of candidature approved at the time of first enrolment for the Doctor of Philosophy.
        (2) Changes between full-time and part-time enrolment will normally be approved only for full teaching periods. That is, a student may not change enrolment part-way through a teaching period other than in exceptional circumstances outside the student’s control.
        (3) For the operation of 14 (2), exceptional circumstances do not include employment commitments.

        Course content

        15. A PhD thesis must be a substantial and original contribution to scholarship, for example through the discovery of knowledge, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.

        16.(1) A student must submit a thesis after the completion of a course of supervised research and advanced study in a subject or subjects approved by the Board.

        (2) The course of supervised research and advanced study may include—

        (a) courses, lectures, seminars and other work as the supervisor and head of school concerned directs; and

        (b) studies and investigations culminating in such reports as the supervisor(s) direct(s).

        (3) On the recommendation of the appropriate head of school and supervisor, the Board may prescribe study additional to the requirements of (2).

        17. A student must provide particulars of the progress and results of the research to the supervisor(s)from time to time and whenever requested.

        Research proposal

        18.(1) A student, other than one upgrading from a master's degree by research (by thesis) course, must provide a research proposal to the Board for approval, through the appropriate head of school and supervisor(s), within six months from the date of first enrolment for the course if enrolment is full-time, 12 months part-time or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        (2)  the research proposal must include the research question, the methodological approach with rationale, and the nature of the research output.  For a thesis including creative work the Research Proposal will explain the relationship between the creative work and the exegesis.

        Annual report

        19.(1) A student must provide an annual progress report, through the appropriate head of school and supervisor(s), in accordance with procedures determined by the Board.

        (2) The report provided by a student must be forwarded by the head of school to the Board with a recommendation on whether the student should be permitted to re-enrol.

        Confirmation of candidature

        20.(1) Confirmation of candidature is subject to the student completing certain agreed tasks within an agreed timeline.

        (2) The tasks to be completed by the student and the timeline within which they must be completed must be agreed in writing by the student, their supervisors and the relevant head(s) of school(s) and require the approval of the Board.

        (3) Except as set out in (4), a student must include an outline of the agreed tasks with the research proposal submitted in accordance with Rule 18.

        (4) For students transferring or upgrading from another course, or transferring from another university, or transferring enrolment between schools, an agreed list of tasks and a timeline for completing them is determined at the time of transfer.

        (5) Students who have been enrolled full-time with no periods of approved leave (suspension of candidature) are normally required to complete all agreed tasks by the date for submission of the first annual progress report.

        (6) Students who have been enrolled part-time or who have had a period of approved leave (suspension of candidature) are normally required to complete all agreed tasks at least by the date for submission of the second annual progress report.

        (7) A report detailing the agreed tasks that have been completed satisfactorily, signed by the student, the supervisor(s) and the relevant head(s) of school(s), must be included with the relevant annual progress report.

        (8) If the student completes all agreed tasks satisfactorily by the agreed time, candidature is confirmed by the Board.

        (9) If the student does not complete all agreed tasks satisfactorily by the agreed time, candidature is terminated by the Board unless—

        (a) the student is granted an extension of time in accordance with (10); or

        (b) the student has been permitted to downgrade candidature to the master's degree by research by thesis in accordance with Rule 30.

        (10) The Board, in consultation with the relevant head(s) of school(s), may grant the student an extension of three months full-time equivalent in which to complete the agreed tasks.

        (11) A student who has been granted an extension of time in accordance with (10) is required to submit an interim report certifying that the agreed tasks have been completed.

        (12) If a student who has been granted an extension of time in accordance with (10) completes the agreed tasks satisfactorily by the end of the period of extension, candidature is confirmed.

        (13) If a student who has been granted an extension of time in accordance with (10) does not complete the agreed tasks by the end of the period of extension and, in the opinion of the Board, there are no exceptional circumstances, the Board, in consultation with the relevant head(s) of school(s), terminates the candidature.

        Satisfactory Progress

        21. A student must provide particulars of the progress and results of the research and other agreed tasks to their supervisors from time to time and whenever requested.

        22. A student will be deemed to be making satisfactory progress when, in the assessment of their supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator, they have—

        (a) submitted a satisfactory Research Proposal within the agreed time;

        (b) continued to complete sufficient work, at a satisfactory standard, within agreed times; and

        (c) continued to submit reports and other requirements, at a satisfactory standard, within agreed times.

        23. When a student's supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator assess that a student is not making satisfactory progress they will inform the Graduate Research School. The Graduate Research School will—

        (a) inform the student in writing that they are deemed as being at risk of not meeting the course requirements for continuation; and

        (b) request that in three months the student submits an Interim Report addressing the specific concerns raised by the supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator.

        24. On receipt of the Interim Report the Graduate Research School will determine whether the student's candidature in the PhD can continue.

        Approved leave (suspension of candidature) and extension

        25.(1) The Board, on written application, may grant a period of approved leave, called a suspension of candidature.

        (2) Unless the Board permits otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances outside the
        student’s control, the maximum suspension during a student’s candidature is one year, irrespective of whether the student has been enrolled full-time or part-time.
        (3) Periods of suspension will normally be approved only for full teaching periods. That is, a student may not commence or end a period of suspension part-way through a teaching period other than in exceptional circumstances outside the student’s control;
        (4) Periods of suspension are not normally approved while a student is on extension of candidature;
        (5) In no circumstances will a period of suspension be approved for less than one month.
        (6) For the operation of Rule 25 exceptional circumstances do not include employment commitments.

        26. In addition to the one-year maximum period of suspension of candidature provided for in Rule 25, the Board may, on written application, permit during the course of candidature either—

        (a) up to 12 months' leave for pregnancy and childbirth, for each pregnancy; or

        (b) up to 12 months' parental leave for the primary carer of a child or children.

        27. The Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, may approve an extension not exceeding one year to the maximum period of candidature for the Doctor of Philosophy as set out in these Rules.

        28. Periods of leave granted under Rule 25 or Rule 26 are not counted for the purposes of calculating the time limit for the Doctor of Philosophy.

        Minimum and maximum time limits

        29.(1) Subject to Rule 11, unless otherwise approved by the Board the minimum period of enrolment is three years full-time equivalent.

        (2) Unless the Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, grants an extension of time, a full-time student must submit the thesis within four years full-time equivalent from the date of first enrolment for the degree, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        Transfer of candidature

        30. The Board, on the recommendation of the head of school concerned, may permit a student in the course for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at this institution to downgrade candidature to the master's degree by research by thesis.

        Termination of candidature

        31.(1) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, if a student's thesis is not submitted within the time limits specified in these Rules, candidature is terminated automatically.

        Intellectual property, confidentiality

        32. If a student's thesis or other work contains material of the kind described in Rule 35, or if the student has obligations to a third party as outlined in that rule, a student must notify the Board in writing, allowing sufficient time for the Board to comply with Rule 33.

        33. Upon written application by a student or by an interested party prior to the lodgement of a thesis or other work, the Board, after consultation with the student, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and others where appropriate, may restrict access to the thesis or other work for a period of time not normally exceeding two years from the date that it is classified as Passed.

        34. The Board may recommend that a student be granted permission to include in an appendix to a thesis or other work material that is essential to the thesis or work but which may not be available for general inspection for a period not normally exceeding two years from the date that the thesis or work is classified as Passed.

        35.(1) The restriction on access referred to in Rules 33 and 34 normally apply only if the thesis or other work contains confidential material, or if it was a condition imposed by the owner of private records and material used by the student, or if the student was in an employment or other contract relationship with a third party that made the restriction a condition of the contract.

        (2) In exceptional circumstances and after consultation with the student, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and others where appropriate, the Board may, for reasons other than those outlined in (1), restrict access to the thesis or other work for a period not normally exceeding two years from the date that the thesis or work is passed.

        36. Subject to Rule 37, during a period of restricted access approved by the Board, a person will be granted access to the thesis or other work or to the appendix only with the written consent of the student and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

        37. The examiners of a thesis or other work and the Board must have access to the thesis or work and any appendix to it for the purposes of any examination, re-examination or classification.

        38. A person authorised to examine or consult a thesis or other work or an appendix to a thesis or other work in terms of Rule 36 or 37 is required to sign a prior undertaking of confidentiality.

        Content and format of a thesis

        39. A thesis must be in English unless the Board has approved otherwise.

        40.(1) Material that has been presented for a degree in this or another university must not be submitted as a student's thesis but, if clearly indicated, may be incorporated in it.

        (2) The sources from which a student's information is derived, the extent to which the work of others has been used and to which the assistance of individuals, associations or institutions has been obtained, must be acknowledged generally in a preface or introduction, specifically in notes, a bibliography or appendices, and must be, throughout the thesis, shown clearly and fully by appropriate references.

        (3) The portion of material presented for examination claimed as original must be indicated in the thesis.

        41.(1)(a) Subject to (b) a thesis may be presented in the form of a typescript, a published book or a paper or series of papers which have been published in refereed journals.

        (b) If a student has been approved on admission or in the Research Proposal to submit a thesis by creative practice, the submission may include major creative work in the form of written work, including literary forms and scripts, music composition, performance, sound installation, prototype or software, exhibition of visual art or design, or other visual work.  The creative work must be presented in a form that could be transmitted electronically to and reasonably accessed by examiners. The creative work will be accompanied by a scholarly exegesis.

        (c) A thesis may be structured in any of a range of ways, including, but not limited to: a monograph; a paper or series of papers suitable for publication in scholarly journals; or a combination of published and unpublished work.

        (d) Work that has been published may be presented in the format in which it was published or with the formatting adjusted for consistency.

        (2) If any of the items submitted in terms of (1) have been jointly authored—

        (a) the work done by the student must be clearly indicated and certified as such by the co-authors; and

        (b) the co-authors must certify that they agree to the inclusion in the thesis of work of which they are joint authors.

        (3) Work of which the student is sole or joint author may be submitted as an appendix in support of the thesis, but, in the case of joint authorship, the work done by the student must be clearly indicated.

        (4) If a series of papers is presented, there must be a full explanatory introduction and a review article at the end to link the separate papers and to place them in the context of the established body of knowledge.

        (5) If detailed data and descriptions of methods are not otherwise given, they must be included as appendices.

        (6) If, with the approval of the Board, the thesis includes creative work and scholarly exegesis, the two parts must be strongly connected, and the exegesis must demonstrate mastery of the conceptual, critical and scholarly skills associated with PhD research and establish the creative work as a substantial and original contribution to knowledge.

        42. A thesis must include a summary of approximately 250 words.

        43.The thesis must be presented in a form that could be transmitted electronically to and reasonably accessed by examiners.

        Word limits

        44.(1) A thesis or exegesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, normally must not exceed 100,000 words , including footnotes but excluding words in tables, maps, endnotes, bibliographies, appendices and any other illustrative matter.

        (a) Students preparing theses or exegesis for the Doctor of Philosophy are encouraged to prepare theses of no more than 80,000 words , notwithstanding that they may submit theses of up to 100,000 words without the requirement to seek special approval.

        (2) An exegesis submitted as part of a thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with a Creative Practice component must be no less than 20 000 words, including footnotes but excluding words in tables, maps, endnotes, bibliographies, appendices and any other illustrative matter

        (3) If it appears that a thesis is likely to exceed the word limit specified and the Graduate Research Coordinator/head of school concerned judges that there are good reasons for this, the Graduate Research Coordinator/head of school must submit a written case for approval of a thesis exceeding the standard limit for the consideration of the Board.

        Submission of a thesis for examination

        45.(1) A student submitting a thesis for examination must submit relevant information as directed by the Graduate Research School and must observe any guidelines set down by the Board regarding the preparation and subsequent disposal of the thesis.

        (2) A thesis submitted for examination must be accompanied by a declaration signed by the student that—

        (a) all sources are acknowledged; and

        (b) the thesis has not previously been accepted for any other degree in this or another institution; and

        (c) the thesis has been substantially accomplished during enrolment in the degree; and

        (d) except in the case of jointly authored work (see Rule 41), the thesis is wholly the student's own composition.

        (3) Except as set out in (4), a thesis submitted for examination must be accompanied by certification from the supervisor(s) and head(s) of school and approved by the Board that the form and content of the thesis are suitable for examination.

        (4) The Board may, in exceptional circumstances, accept for examination a thesis without the certification of the supervisor(s) and/or the head of school and may, after an examination is complete, notify the examiner(s) that the thesis was submitted without school support.

        46. After having regard to the recommendation of the head of school, the Board may permit a student who has completed a thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, which is considered by the Board following consultation with the supervisor(s) and the head of school concerned to be unsuitable for submission for the award of that degree, to submit the thesis for examination for the award of the degree of Master of Philosophy, although the student has at no time been enrolled for that degree.

        47. A student must submit for examination an electronic copy of the thesis in a form directed by the Graduate Research School and must comply with any guidelines set down by the Board at the time of submission of the thesis.

        48. In exceptional circumstances a student may be asked by the Graduate Research School to provide printed copies of a thesis or exegesis in temporary binding and a physical copy or record of any creative artefact included in the thesis.

        49. Except in exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Board, a student is not permitted to withdraw, alter or add to a thesis or work after it has been submitted for examination.

        50. The submission of a thesis for examination will be regarded as the end of the formal period of enrolment.

        Lodgement of final version following classification

        51.(1) When a thesis has been classified as Passed, the student must, after completing any corrections required, submit to the Graduate Research School an updated electronic copy of the thesis.

        (2) The format of the copies submitted under (1) must comply with detailed specifications laid down by the University Librarian.

        (3) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, after a thesis submitted for the Doctor of Philosophy has been classified as Passed, the Graduate Research School submits the electronic copy of the thesis and any related artefacts to the Library which must make reasonable efforts to convert the electronic copy into a digital format suitable for inclusion in the University's Digital Thesis Repository.

        52. After a thesis has been classified, its examiners are normally invited to keep their copies of the thesis.

        Nomination and appointment of examiners and examination

        53. Prior to the submission of a thesis the appropriate head of school and supervisor(s) must submit to the Board the names of three examiners and a reserve fourth examiner.

        54.(1) Except as set out in (2), the Board, following submission of a thesis for examination, must appoint three examiners who must not be current employees of The University of Western Australia and of whom two must be external to the State of Western Australia.

        (2) In exceptional circumstances the Board may approve arrangements other than those prescribed in (1).

        55. A person who has supervised a student for a higher degree program at this or another institution must not be appointed as an examiner for that student's thesis or work.

        56.(1) For a thesis submitted in accordance with the provisions of Rule 45(3), the appropriate head of school, prior to submitting names of examiners to the Board for approval, is required to informally invite the nominated examiners for the thesis and ensure their willingness and availability to examine within the timeframe for examination determined by the Board, which may seek such other advice as it thinks desirable, including a detailed report from the student's supervisor(s). The nominated examiners must be advised that the thesis will be sent electronically for examination unless specifically requests for a temporary bound copy.

        (2) For a thesis submitted in accordance with the provisions of Rule 45(4), the appointment of examiners is undertaken by the Board which seeks advice as it thinks necessary and/or desirable.

        57.(1) The names of examiners are not withheld from students.

        (2) Students, supervisors and heads of school must not discuss any aspect of an examination with examiners during the examination process.

        58.(1) Except as set out in (2), examiners must not, before submitting their independent reports, consult or otherwise communicate with each other or anyone connected with the preparation of the thesis.

        (2) The Board may ask examiners to consult or otherwise communicate with each other before, or after, receipt of their individual reports.

        59. Before a thesis is classified, the Board may require a student to—

        (a) sit a written examination about aspects of the thesis; and/or

        (b) undertake an oral examination by video-conferencing, teleconferencing or any other mode of communication approved by the Board about aspects of the thesis.

        (c). Present part of their research by means of an exhibition, performance, literary work or visual artefacts

        60. To classify a thesis, the Board may require a student and/or supervisor, after submission of a thesis and before or after receipt of examiners' reports, to provide it with further information, and/or comment and explanation concerning any aspect of the thesis.

        Classification of theses

        61.(1) Subject to (4), the Board, after considering all reports on a thesis submitted for examination, classifies the thesis as Passed with no requirement for revision, Passed subject to minor revision, Passed subject to substantive amendments (and subject to submission of a detailed report on amendments for consideration by the Board of the Graduate Research School), Resubmit or Failed.

        (2) A thesis classified as Passed subject to revision, once the required revisions have been carried out to the satisfaction of the Board, is classified as Passed.

        (3) The Board may classify a thesis which has been Passed with no requirement for revision as Passed.

        (4) The Board may, after considering all reports on a thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy classify the thesis as Passed for the award of the degree of master with no requirement for revision.

        62.(1)A student whose thesis or work is classified as Passed with no requirement for revision is expected to submit the final version of their thesis and associated paperwork within one month, and must do so within three months, of the date of notification of classification.

        (2) A student whose thesis or work is classified as Passed subject to revision must complete the revisions within three months of the date of notification of classification. Requests for extension of this time must be submitted to the Graduate Research School through the supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator.

        63. If the Board classifies a thesis submitted for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy as Passed for the award of the degree of master with no requirement for revision—

        (a) the student is qualified for the award of the appropriate degree of master, although they have at no time been enrolled for that degree; and

        (b) the Board records a course result of 'Master's Degree Awarded' and arrange for details of the degree for which the student has qualified to be entered on the academic record.

        64. In the case of degree courses which have examinable work in addition to a thesis, the final classification of the degree program is based on the outcome of the examination of all components of the program and is made by the Board having regard, if appropriate, to the recommendation of the relevant head of school.

        Resubmission

        65.(1) The Board must not classify a thesis as Resubmit unless, having considered the examiners' reports and any other relevant information, it agrees that the thesis shows some merit and may, by a specified amount of further work under approved supervision, be sufficiently improved for re-submission.

        (2) If the Board classifies a thesis as Resubmit, it must inform the student of the further work which is required before it may be resubmitted.

        (3) A student whose thesis is classified as Resubmit must—

        (a) resubmit the thesis for examination within one calendar year of the date of notification of classification; and

        (b) submit with the thesis a detailed report, signed by the supervisor and head of school; and

        (c) re-enrol and remain enrolled until the thesis is resubmitted for examination.

        (4) At the discretion of the Board the resubmitted thesis and the report on the revisions are submitted to—

        (a) two of the original examiners of the thesis; or

        (b) one of the original examiners of the thesis and a new examiner; or

        (c) at least two new examiners.

        (5) In the event that one of the examiners fails to submit their report within a reasonable time the
        Board may, at its discretion, either classify the thesis on the basis of the single report received or
        appoint an additional examiner.

        (6) Examiners of a resubmitted thesis are invited to recommend one of the following to the Board: Pass with no requirement for further correction; Pass after minor typographical errors have been corrected; or Fail.

        66. A resubmitted thesis must, after examination, be classified as Passed, Passed for the award of Master or Failed.

        Additional provisions for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (joint/double-badged)

        67. With the support of the supervisor through the head of school a student may apply to the Board to enrol in a joint/double-badged PhD with an approved international partner institution.

        68. Before an application is given final approval by the Board, a joint/double-badged PhD agreement must be drawn up between the two participating institutions giving particular details of the arrangements pertaining to candidature including terms of candidature, examination, annual reporting requirements (including definitions of satisfactory progress), research proposal submission, intellectual property, animal and human ethics approvals.

        69. Unless otherwise set out below or in a specific joint/double-badged PhD agreement—

        (a) the Doctor of Philosophy Rules apply to joint/double-badged PhD programs;

        (b) the regulations and conditions governing scholarships and awards apply to joint/double-badged PhD programs;

        (c) a student enrolled in a joint/double-badged PhD program is required to work within the appropriate school of this University for 30 per cent of the total maximum time limit for the PhD program as set out in the joint/double-badged PhD agreement.

        70. Unless otherwise approved by the Board, a person for whom a joint/double-badged PhD agreement is being negotiated is not permitted to commence work towards the proposed joint/double-badged program until the agreement has been approved by the Board.

        71.(1) Subject to (2), a student enrolled for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy may transfer into a joint/double-badged PhD with full credit for work completed during the course for the PhD of this University.

        (2) Except in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Board, a student is not permitted to transfer into a joint/double-badged PhD if they have been enrolled in their current course for more than half of the maximum period of candidature.

        (3) A student enrolled in a joint/double-badged PhD may transfer into a PhD at the University with full credit for work completed during the joint/double-badged PhD course.

        72. When submitting a thesis for examination a student must provide to each institution an abstract in the language in which a thesis is normally written at that institution.

        73. There is one examination process which is set out in the Joint/Double-badged PhD Agreement and both institutions are bound by the outcome.

        74. Each student involved in a joint/double-badged PhD program is provided with a copy of the Joint/Double-badged PhD Agreement.

        Additional provisions for Approved Graduate Research Programs

        75. A Graduate Research Program may be approved by the Academic Council on the advice of the Board of the Graduate Research School. Approval will require endorsement by the Board of the Graduate Research School and the Academic Council of -

        (a) details of the curriculum particular to the Graduate Research program;and

        (b) any variations to the Doctor of Philosophy Rules required by the program.

        76. A school wishing to develop a Graduate Research Program should first discuss the matter with the Dean of the Graduate Research School and submit a formal proposal for consideration by the Board of the Graduate Research School.

        77. Variations to the Doctor of Philosophy Rules that may be approved by the Board of the Graduate research School relate to:

        (a) for admission, additional qualifications and experience pertinent to the field of research

        (b) timing of the research proposal submission and confirmation of candidature

        (c) mandating approved coursework units, and/or external placements, and/or professional development activities

        (d) imposing restrictions on part time enrolment and period of suspension during candidature

        78. Any and all variations from these rules must be clearly defined in the Program description available to prospective students.

        Provisions for the Biozone PhD Program

        79.(1) Unless otherwise set out below:

        (a) the Doctor of Philosophy Rules apply to the Biozone PhD Program;

        (b) the regulations and conditions governing scholarships and awards apply to the Biozone PhD Program;

        (2) Approval for entry to the Biozone PhD Program is by the Graduate Research School on recommendation of the Biozone PhD Program Selection Panel.

        (3) A student enrolled in the Biozone PhD Program must be enrolled full-time for the first year of study. Part time enrolment may be approved in subsequent years on recommendation of the supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator, subject to any relevant scholarship conditions.

        (4) A student enrolled in the Biozone PhD Program must provide a research proposal to the Board for approval, through the appropriate head of school and supervisor(s), within 12 months from the date of first enrolment for the course.

        (5) A student enrolled in the Biozone PhD Program will undertake approved coursework units, external placement and professional development activities.

      • Master of Advanced Social Work (research) (10750)
        Definitions

        In these Rules, unless the context suggests otherwise—

        the Board is the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function;

        work means scholarly writing or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean music composition or music recitals or exhibitions or recordings or scholarly documentation of exhibitions or recordings.

        Applicability of the Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School and the University's Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1.(1) The Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School apply to the Master of Advanced Social Work except as set out in the rules which follow.

        (2) The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

        Academic Conduct Essentials module

        1.A(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

        (2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

        (3) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.

        (4) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (3) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

        Admission

        2. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

        (a) completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;

        and

        (b) at least two years' experience as a professionally qualified social worker.

        Course requirements

        3. A student must complete and present for examination a thesis of no more than 30,000 words.

      • Master of Architecture (Design) (research) (25760)
        Definitions

        In these Rules, unless the context suggests otherwise—

        the Board is the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function;

        work means scholarly writing or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean music composition or music recitals or exhibitions or recordings or scholarly documentation of exhibitions or recordings.

        Applicability of the Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School and the University's Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1.(1) The Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School excluding Rules 29, 39 to 51, and 65 to 67 apply to the Master of Architecture (Design) except as set out in the rules which follow.

        (2) The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

        (3) In the applicable Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School the term 'thesis' is to be read as 'work'.

        Academic Conduct Essentials module

        1.A(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

        (2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

        (3) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.

        (4) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (3) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

        Admission

        2. In addition to meeting the requirements of the Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School Rule 2, to be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have sufficient architectural design experience as determined by the Board on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts.

        Course content

        3. A student must present for examination work comprising—

        (a) an exhibition of architectural design of a scope of works equivalent to the schematic design of a building of major cultural significance;

        and

        (b) an A3 volume in temporary binding to be provided at least six weeks prior to the exhibition opening, and containing—

        (i) the exhibition drawings in suitable reduction;

        (ii) photographs of the exhibition models;

        (iii) the research proposal required and described under Rule 4(1); and

        (iv) an expanded abstract of up to 5000 words explaining the student's response to the brief and how their design proposal contributes to the discipline of architecture.

        Research proposal

        4.(1) A student must, within four months of the date of first enrolment in the course if enrolment is full-time or the equivalent period as determined by the Board if enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time, submit to the Board for approval a research proposal which includes a brief, the scope of works and the estimated construction costs for the proposed architectural design.

        (2) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the details submitted under (1).

        [Approved addition to Rule 18 of the Master's Degrees by Research Rules]

        Submission of work for examination

        5.(1) A student submitting for examination the work described in Rule 3 must provide relevant particulars on a form to be obtained from the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts and must observe any guidelines set down by the Faculty regarding the preparation and subsequent disposal of the work.

        (2) When a student submits for examination the work described in Rule 3, it must be accompanied by a declaration signed by the student that—

        (a) all sources are acknowledged;

        (b) the work has not previously been accepted for any other degree in this or another institution;

        (c) the work has been substantially accomplished during enrolment in the Master of Architecture (Design) course; and

        (d) except in the case of jointly authored work, the work is wholly the student's own composition.

        (3) If any part of a work submitted for examination has been jointly authored—

        (a) that part of the work done by the student must be clearly indicated and certified as such by the co-authors; and

        (b) the co-authors must certify that they agree to the inclusion of the part of the work of which they are joint authors.

        (4) A publication of which the student is sole or joint author may be submitted as an appendix in support of a student's work but, in the case of joint authorship, the contribution of the student to the publication must be clearly indicated.

        (5) Except as set out in (6), work submitted for examination must be accompanied by certification from the supervisor(s) and Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts that the form and content of the work are suitable for examination.

        (6) The Faculty may, in exceptional circumstances, accept work for examination without the certification of the supervisor and/or the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts and may, after the examination is complete, notify the examiner(s) that the work was submitted without the support of the School.

        6.(1) A student must submit for examination four printed copies in temporary binding of the A3 volume required under Rule 3(b) and must comply with any guidelines set down by the Faculty at the time of submission of the volume.

        (2) All students must declare at the time of submission that a full electronic copy of the A3 volume is available on request.

        7. Except in exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Faculty, a student is not permitted to withdraw, alter or add to the work after the A3 volume has been submitted in a form suitable for examination.

        8. The date of the opening of the exhibition referred to in Rule 3(a) will be regarded as the end of the formal period of enrolment.

        Examination

        9.(1) The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts must, at least two months prior to the date of the opening of the exhibition referred to in Rule 3(a), notify the Board of the details of the exhibition, including the date, venue, number and type of works and other relevant information.

        (2) The Faculty must provide the examiners with a copy of the A3 volume described in Rule 3(b) prior to the exhibition opening.

        (3) The student must give a presentation of the architectural design, of approximately 20 to 30 minutes duration, to the examiners and answer any questions of fact arising.

        (4) After examination is complete the Faculty will provide to the Board—

        (a) the examiners' reports; and

        (b) a summary of the examiners' reports from the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts.

        [Approved addition to Master's Degrees by Research Rules 52 to 59]

        Classification of work

        10. When undertaking the classification of the work submitted for examination, in accordance with Master's Degrees by Research Rule 60 the Board will also consider the summary of the examiners' reports provided by the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts under Rule 9(4)(b).

        Lodgement of final version following classification

        11.(1) When the work has been classified as Passed, the student must, after completing any corrections required, submit to the Graduate Research School an electronic copy of the updated A3 volume of work referred to in Rule 3(b).

        (2) The format of the version submitted under (1) must comply with detailed specifications laid down by the University Librarian.

        (3) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, after the work submitted for the degree has been classified as Passed, the Graduate Research School submits the electronic copy of the A3 volume referred to in Rule 3(b) to the University Library which must make reasonable efforts to convert the electronic copy into a digital format suitable for inclusion in the University's Digital Thesis Repository.

        12. After the work has been classified, its examiners are normally invited to keep their copies of the A3 volume.

        Transfer of candidature

        13.(1) The Board, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, may permit a student for a Master of Architecture (Design) at this University to upgrade candidature to the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design).

        (2) A student who wishes to upgrade candidature to the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design) must, at the time of application for upgrade, provide a research proposal through the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts for the Board's approval.

        Examination of work prepared during the course of enrolment for a Master of Architecture (Design) as work for a Doctor of Architecture (Design)

        14.(1) After having regard to the recommendation of the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, the Board may permit a student who has completed the work for a Master of Architecture (Design) to submit that work for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design), although the student has at no time been enrolled for that degree.

        (2) If, after considering the examiners' reports on the work submitted for the award of a Master of Architecture (Design), the Board considers that the work may be suitable for submission for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design), it may with the agreement of the student permit the student to submit the work for examination for the award of that degree.

        (3) If, after due consideration, the Board determines that the work produced as part of the course for a Master of Architecture (Design) but recommended for submission for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design) is not suitable for that examination, it must so advise the student immediately.

        (4) If the Board is satisfied that the work is suitable for submission for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design), it must arrange the examination immediately.

        15. If, following examination, the Board classifies the work submitted for examination in terms of Rule 14(4) as Passed—

        (a) the student is qualified for the award of the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design) although he or she has at no time been enrolled for that degree; and

        (b) the Board arranges for details of the student's qualification for the degree to be entered on the academic record as a course result of 'Doctor of Architecture (Design) Awarded'.

        16. If, after considering the examiners' reports on the work submitted for examination in terms of Rule 14(4), the Board determines that the work is not suitable for the award of the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design) the Board must—

        (a) so advise the student;

        (b) arrange for the academic record to be annotated to indicate that the work was examined, but found unsuitable, for the award of the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design); and

        (c) proceed to examine or classify the work, as appropriate, in terms of the rules for the Master of Architecture (Design) for which it was originally submitted.

      • Master of Arts (Creative Writing) (10710)
        Definitions

        In these Rules, unless the context suggests otherwise—

        the Board is the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function;

        work means scholarly writing or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean music composition or music recitals or exhibitions or recordings or scholarly documentation of exhibitions or recordings.

        Applicability of the Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School and the University's Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1.(1) The Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School apply to the Master of Arts (Creative Writing) except as set out in the rules which follow.

        (2) The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

        Academic Conduct and Research Integrity Unit

        1.A(1)  A student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct and Research Integrity unit (the ACRI module) and complete within the first six months from the date of commencement in the course.

        (2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACRI module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.

        (3) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

        Admission

        2. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must—

        (a)(i) have a bachelor's degree with first class or upper second class honours in creative writing; or

        (ii) submit and have approved by the Head of the School of Social Sciences and the Board of the Graduate Research School a folio of creative writing, at least one third of which has been published by recognised publishers, amounting to between 4000 and 5000 words of prose or the equivalent of poetry or drama as determined by the Head of School;

        and

        (b) submit and have approved by the Head of the School of Social Sciences and the Board of the Graduate Research School a 2000- to 3000-word critical essay on an aspect of the writer's craft.

        Course requirements

        3. The field of study for the Master of Arts (Creative Writing) is creative writing in English in any genre approved by the Board.

        4.(1) A full-time student must submit to the Board for approval the details of the thesis and the literary form of the creative writing within four months of the date of first enrolment in the course or, if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time, the equivalent as determined by the Board.

        (2) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the details submitted under (1).

        5. A student must present for examination—

        (a) a piece or pieces of creative writing of prose, poetry or drama, the word limit of which is determined by the Head of the School of Humanities and approved by the Board, which demonstrates technical accomplishment and imaginative resource;

        and

        (b) a thesis of at least 15,000 words on a topic related to one or more aspects of the work presented under (a).

      • Master of Curatorial Studies in Fine Arts (research) (25770)
        Definitions

        In these Rules, unless the context suggests otherwise—

        the Board is the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function;

        work means scholarly writing or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean music composition or music recitals or exhibitions or recordings or scholarly documentation of exhibitions or recordings.

        Applicability of the Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School and the University's Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1.(1) The Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School, excluding Rules 29, 30, 66, 67 and 68, apply to the Master of Curatorial Studies in Fine Arts except as set out in the rules which follow.

        (2) The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

        Academic Conduct and Research Integrity unit

        1.A(1) A student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct and Research Integrity unit  (the ACRI module) and complete within the first six months from the date of commencement in the course.

        (2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACRI module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.

        (3) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

        Admission

        2. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must—

        (a) have completed the requirements of a bachelor's degree of this University requiring at least four years of full-time study, or the part-time equivalent, in a subject area considered by the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts to be relevant to curatorial studies, or the equivalent of this qualification as recognised by the Board;

        and

        (b) be able to satisfy the Board that they have the general ability to complete the course and the special ability to prepare and present a thesis.

        Course requirements

        3. A student must—

        (a) present for examination one of the following:

        (i) VISA8602 Exhibition Proposal comprising a fully researched proposal for a major exhibition, of at least 5000 words, the content and title of which are proposed by the student and determined by the Board; and VISA8601 Exhibition Catalogue comprising a fully publishable professional catalogue including an essay on all works proposed for exhibition equivalent to at least another 25,000 words; or

        (ii) VISA8603 MCur Dissertation comprising a dissertation of at least 30,000 words on an aspect of museology relevant to curatorial practice, the title and subject matter of which must be proposed by the student and have the approval of the Board of the Graduate Research School; or

        (iii) VISA8604 Catalogue comprising a detailed publishable catalogue raisonné of up to 30,000 words of the works of an uncatalogued artist;

        and

        (b)(i) complete VISA8605 MCur Placement comprising a placement in a public gallery or comparable institution involving at least one day a week for 36 weeks during the course; and

        (ii) prepare a detailed comparative report of up to 5000 words in relation to the placement described in (i);

        and

        (c) complete VISA8606 Advanced Curatorial Studies comprising such advanced study in relation to curatorial studies as may be required by the Board.

        4.(1) A full-time student must submit to the Board for approval within four months of the date of first enrolment in the program, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time, the details of the following components of the course:

        (a)(i) VISA8602 Exhibition Proposal; and

        (ii) VISA8601 Exhibition Catalogue;

        or

        (b) VISA8603 MCur Dissertation;

        or

        (c) VISA8604 Catalogue Raisonné.

        (2) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the details submitted under (1).

      • Master of Fine Arts (research) (25740)
        Definitions

        In these Rules, unless the context suggests otherwise—

        the Board is the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function;

        work means scholarly writing or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean music composition or music recitals or exhibitions or recordings or scholarly documentation of exhibitions or recordings.

        Applicability of the Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School and the University's Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1.(1) The Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School, excluding Rules 29, 30, 66, 67 and 68, apply to the Master of Fine Arts except as set out in the rules which follow.

        (2) The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

        Academic Conduct and Research Integrity Unit

        1.A(1) A student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct and Research Integrity unit  (the ACRI module) and complete within the first six months from the date of commencement in the course.

        (2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACRI module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.

        (3) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

        Admission

        2. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must—

        (a) have completed the requirements for the degree of bachelor in an appropriate subject area from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Board;

        and

        (b) have completed the requirements for a qualification in Art Practice from a recognised tertiary institution, or be judged by the Board, having regard to the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, to have equivalent practical expertise and professional standing;

        and

        (c) be able to satisfy the Board that they have the general ability to complete the course and the special ability to prepare and present a thesis.

        Course requirements

        3. A student must present for examination—

        (a) an exhibition of original artwork showing technical accomplishment and imaginative resource;

        and

        (b) a thesis on an aspect of arts theory, history or criticism, the title and subject matter of which are proposed by the student and require the approval of the Board of the Graduate Research School.

        4. The thesis must not exceed 25,000 words, excluding tables, footnotes, endnotes, appendices and other illustrative matter.

        5.(1) A full-time student for the degree must submit to the Board for approval the details of the thesis and the proposed form of the exhibition within four months of the date of first enrolment in the program, or the equivalent period as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        (2) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the details submitted under (1).

        (3) A student must present an exegesis of the exhibited artwork, for which no result is given, which must not exceed 5000 words.

        (4) The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts must, at least one week prior to the date of the opening of the exhibition, provide the exegesis to the examiners.

        Examination

        6.(1) The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts must, at least two months prior to the date of the opening of the exhibition, notify the Board of the details of the exhibition referred to in Rule 3(a), including the date, venue, type of works and other relevant information.

        (2) The exhibition is examined by an Examining Committee consisting of the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, or approved nominee, and two examiners external to the University.

        (3) The Examining Committee is appointed by the Board, on the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts.

        (4) The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts must advise the Board at the time of nominating the external examiners of the name of any approved nominee attending the examination in lieu of the Dean.

        (5) The Examining Committee must forward to the Board a joint report and recommendation for classification.

        (6) If the Examining Committee cannot achieve consensus, the external examiners must produce independent reports and recommendations for classification and the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts will produce an overall recommendation for classification based on the two independent reports.

      • Master of Forensic Anthropology (research) (50770)
        Terms used

        In the rules that follow—

        the Board means the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function.

        head of school means a person appointed or acting in that capacity or the Graduate Research Coordinator of the school, Graduate Research Coordinators being designated academics who have been approved by the head of school and the Board to act on behalf of the head of school on matters pertaining to the master's degree by research;

        higher degree by research means postgraduate degree course for which at least two thirds of the student load is required as research;

        by thesis means by submission of a thesis or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean by submission of a thesis and/or other work as required in the rules for specific degrees;

        a student and/or students means a student and/or students enrolled for the degree of master by research by thesis;

        master's degree by research means the master's degree by research by thesis;

        upgrade refers to a change in course from a master's degree by research to a PhD with no break in enrolment except as permitted by an approved period of suspension and where the research undertaken by the student while enrolled for the master's degree will be continued in the PhD or modified to meet the requirements of a PhD;

        internal student means a person undertaking study towards a higher degree by research who, except for approved periods, will conduct research and study towards the higher degree on a campus of the University for most or all of their period of candidature; and

        external student means a person undertaking study towards a higher degree by research who, as a result of their location, cannot conduct research and study towards the higher degree on a campus of the University for most or all of their period of candidature.

        Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1. The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules that follow.

        Academic Conduct and Research Integrity Unit

        1.A(1) A student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct and Research Integrty unit (the ACRI module) and complete within the first six months from the date of commencement in the course.


        (2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACRI module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.


        (3) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'

        Admission and entry requirements

        2.(1) The Board, on the recommendation of the appropriate head of school, may accept into the course for the degree of Master of Forensic Anthropology an applicant who has demonstrated that they have fulfilled the requirements of the University Policy on: Adequate Research Preparation and any other requirements for admission of the University, and—

        (a) is a graduate of this University or has been admitted to equivalent status;

        or

        (b)(i) has the degree of bachelor of this University or a qualification recognised by the Board as equivalent and has since graduation completed at a satisfactory level a Higher Degree by Research Preliminary Program, or equivalent as determined by the Board, in the subject area in which research is to be undertaken;

        or

        (c) have previously undertaken work, which in the Board's opinion is of a sufficiently high standard,
        towards a higher degree by research in this or another approved institution but not have submitted it for any degree. This includes former students who may have previously exceeded the normal
        duration of their course;

        or

        (d) has completed the requirements of the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Anthropology.

        Recognition of qualifications completed at an institution other than this University

        3.(1) The Board may recognise a qualification completed at another tertiary institution as being equivalent to one completed at this University.

        (2) A person who wishes to have a qualification that they have completed at another tertiary institution recognised as equivalent to one completed at this University must provide satisfactory evidence of the work completed for the qualification.

        General requirements for application and eligibility

        4. Unless the Board permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances, a person whose work for a higher degree at this or another institution is under examination at the time of application for admission is not permitted to enrol in a master's degree by research or any associated preliminary program of study until that examination has been completed and the final results have been provided to the Board.

        English language competency requirements

        5. The Board may require an applicant to demonstrate satisfactory performance, as prescribed by the Academic Board, in an approved test of English before being admitted to the University.

        Enrolment

        6.(1) Unless the Board permits otherwise, a student must be enrolled each year until all examinable components of their program have been submitted for examination.

        (2) The Board, having considered the recommendation of the relevant head of school referred to in Rule 18(2), may refuse approval for enrolment.

        7. Except when specific combined courses have been formally approved, a student is not permitted to enrol simultaneously—

        (a) in a course leading to a formal qualification at another institution; or

        (b) in an undergraduate or honours program at this University.

        8.(1) The Board, on written application, may permit a student to enrol in specified coursework units up to a maximum value of 24 points concurrently with a master's degree by research if it considers the specified coursework units to be necessary for successful completion of the master's degree by research program.

        (2) A student for whom enrolment in coursework units to a value greater than 24 points is recommended at the time of application is required to complete these units either as part of an approved preliminary course for a master's degree by research or through Continuing Education before enrolment in the higher degree by research.

        Concurrent enrolment in coursework units

        9.(1) Unless otherwise approved by the Board in exceptional circumstances, a student is not permitted to enrol, as part of the degree, in more than 24 points of undergraduate or postgraduate units.

        (2) A student may, with the approval of the Board and the appropriate school, enrol concurrently in

        a micro-credential, certificate, diploma or other coursework program at this university provided that—

        (a) following a written submission application from the student, the name of the concurrent program is

        submitted through the supervisor and the head of school to the Board for approval; and

        (b) with the exception of the Commercialisation Training Scheme, the concurrent program is not one

        for which the University receives Commonwealth Government funding.; and

        (c) tuition fees for the concurrent program are in addition to any tuition fees for Master of Forensic Anthropology and are not covered by tuition fee scholarships awarded by the University for the Master of Forensic Anthropology

        Prior candidature and time limits

        10. Except as otherwise provided by the Board, for a student who commences a course for a master's degree by research at this institution on the basis of an equivalent course in another institution, or for a student who upgrades or changes to another course at the same level—

        (a) the minimum period of enrolment is that prescribed for the course into which the student has changed; and

        (b) the maximum time limit for completion of the course is reduced by the period of enrolment in the course from which the student has changed.

        Enrolment type

        11.(1) Students are enrolled as either full-time (1.0 FTE) or part-time (0.5 FTE).
        (2) Students who are enrolled full-time are expected to work on their research at least 30 hours per
        week.
        (3) Students who are enrolled part-time are expected to work on their research at least 15 hours per week.

        Internal and external candidature

        12.(1) Except as set out in (2), students are normally enrolled as internal students.

        (2) The Board, on the recommendation of the appropriate head of school, may accept as an external student a student who, in its opinion, is substantially free to pursue a course of supervised research and advanced study provided that—

        (a) the student fulfils the requirement to work within the appropriate University school for a period or periods to be determined by the Board which, during the total period of enrolment, must amount to no less than 10 weeks; and

        (b) suitable internal and external supervision and arrangements for access to facilities and resources, if required, have been arranged and approved by the Board.

        (3) If appropriate electronic or other methods of remote supervision have been arranged and approved by the Board, the requirement for appropriate external supervision may be waived.

        Changes to terms of candidature

        13. (1) The approval of the Board is required for any change to the terms of candidature approved at the time of first enrolment for the Masters by Research.
        (2) Changes between full-time and part-time enrolment will normally be approved only for full teaching periods. That is, a student may not change enrolment part-way through a teaching period other than in exceptional circumstances outside the student’s control.
        (3) For the operation of 13 (2), exceptional circumstances do not include employment commitments.

        Course content

        14. A master's thesis must be a substantial work generally based on independent research which shows a sound knowledge of the subject of the research, evidence of the exercise of some independence of thought and the ability of expression in clear and concise language.

        15.(1) A student must submit a thesis after the completion of a course of supervised research and advanced study in a subject or subjects approved by the Board.

        (2) The course of supervised research and advanced study may include—

        (a) such courses, lectures, seminars and other work as the supervisors or head of school concerned directs; and

        (b) studies and investigations culminating in such reports as the supervisors direct and

        (c) additional requirements as set out in the rules for the relevant degrees in the Master's by Research Degrees Administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School with Special Admission or Course Requirements.

        (3) On the recommendation of the appropriate head of school and supervisors, the Board may prescribe study additional to the requirements of (2).

        16. A student must provide particulars of the progress and results of the research to the supervisors from time to time and whenever requested.

        Research proposal

        17. A student must provide a research proposal to the Board for approval, through the head of school and supervisors, within four months from the date of first enrolment for the course if the enrolment is full-time, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        Annual report

        18.(1) A student must provide an annual progress report, through the appropriate head of school and supervisors, in accordance with procedures determined by the Board.

        (2) The report provided by a student must be forwarded by the head of school to the Board with a recommendation on whether the student should be permitted to re-enrol.

        Satisfactory progress

        19. A student must provide particulars of the progress and results of the research and other agreed tasks to their supervisors from time to time and whenever requested.

        20. A student will be deemed to be making satisfactory progress when, in the assessment of their supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator, they have—

        (a) submitted a satisfactory Research Proposal within the agreed time;

        (b) continued to complete sufficient work, at a satisfactory standard, within agreed times; and

        (c) continued to submit reports and other requirements, at a satisfactory standard, within agreed times.

        21. When a student's supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator assess that a student is not making satisfactory progress they will inform the Graduate Research School. The Graduate Research School will—

        (a) inform the student in writing that they are deemed as being at risk of not meeting the course requirements for continuation; and

        (b) request that in three months the student submits an Interim Report addressing the specific concerns raised by the supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator.

        22. On receipt of the Interim Report the Graduate Research School will determine whether the student's candidature in the PhD can continue.

        Approved leave (suspension of candidature) and extension

        23.(1) The Board, on written application, may grant a period of approved leave, called a suspension of candidature.

        (2) Unless the Board permits otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances outside the
        student’s control, the maximum suspension during a student’s candidature is one year, irrespective of
        whether the student has been enrolled full-time or part-time.
        (3) Periods of suspension will normally be approved only for full teaching periods. That is, a student may not commence or end a period of suspension part-way through a teaching period other than in exceptional circumstances outside the student’s control;
        (4) Periods of suspension are not normally approved while a student is on extension of candidature;
        (5) In no circumstances will a period of suspension be approved for less than one month.
        (6) For the operation of Rule 23 exceptional circumstances do not include employment commitments.

        24. In addition to the one-year maximum period of suspension of candidature provided for in Rule 23, the Board may, on written application, permit during the course of candidature either—

        (a) up to 12 months' leave for pregnancy and childbirth, for each pregnancy; or

        (b) up to 12 months' parental leave for the primary carer of a child or children.

        25. The Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, may approve an extension not exceeding one year to the maximum period of candidature for masters' degrees by research as set out in these Rules.

        26. Periods of leave granted under Rule 24 or Rule 25 are not counted for the purposes of calculating the time limit for master's degrees by research.

        Minimum and maximum time limits

        27.(1) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, the minimum period of enrolment is one year full-time or two years if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        (2) Unless the Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, grants an extension of time, a full-time student must submit the thesis within two years from the date of first enrolment, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        Transfer of candidature

        28.(1) The Board, on the recommendation of the head of school concerned, may permit a student in the course for a master's degree by research at this University to upgrade candidature to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

        (2) A student who wishes to upgrade to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must, at the time of application for upgrade, provide a research proposal through the head of school for the Board's approval.

        29.(1) Subject to (2), a student enrolled for a master's degree by research may upgrade to a joint/double-badged PhD with full credit for work completed during the course for the master's degree by research (by thesis) of this University.

        (2) Except in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Board, a student is not permitted to transfer into a joint/double-badged PhD if they have been enrolled in their current course for more than half of the maximum period of candidature.

        Termination of candidature

        30.(1) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, if a student's thesis is not submitted within the time limits specified in these Rules, candidature will be terminated automatically.

        Intellectual property, confidentiality

        31. If a student's thesis or other work contains material of the kind described in Rule 34, or if the student has obligations to a third party as outlined in that rule, a student must notify the Board in writing, allowing sufficient time for the Board to comply with Rule 32.

        32. Upon written application by a student or by an interested party prior to the lodgement of a thesis or other work, the Board, after consultation with the student, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and others where appropriate, may restrict access to the thesis or other work for a period of time not normally exceeding two years from the date that it is classified as Passed.

        33. The Board may recommend that a student be granted permission to include in an appendix to a thesis or other work material that is essential to the thesis or work but which may not be available for general inspection for a period not normally exceeding two years from the date that the thesis or work is classified as Passed.

        34.(1) The restriction on access referred to in Rules 32 and Rule 33 normally apply only if the thesis or other work contains confidential material, or if it was a condition imposed by the owner of private records and material used by the student, or if the student was in an employment or other contract relationship with a third party that made the restriction a condition of the contract.

        (2) In exceptional circumstances and after consultation with the student, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and others where appropriate, the Board may, for reasons other than those outlined in (1), restrict access to the thesis or other work for a period not normally exceeding two years from the date that the thesis or work is passed.

        35. Subject to Rule 36, during a period of restricted access approved by the Board, a person will be granted access to the thesis or other work or to the appendix only with the written consent of the student and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

        36. The examiners of a thesis or other work and the Board must have access to the thesis or work and any appendix to it for the purposes of any examination, re-examination or classification.

        37. A person authorised to examine or consult a thesis or other work or an appendix to a thesis or other work in terms of Rule 35 or Rule 36 is required to sign a prior undertaking of confidentiality.

        Content and format of a thesis

        38. A thesis must be in English unless the Board has approved otherwise.

        39.(1) Material that has been presented for a degree in this or another university must not be submitted as a student's thesis but, if clearly indicated, may be incorporated in it.

        (2) The sources from which a student's information is derived, the extent to which the work of others has been used and to which the assistance of individuals, associations or institutions has been obtained, must be acknowledged generally in a preface or introduction, specifically in notes, a bibliography or appendices, and must be, throughout the thesis, shown clearly and fully by appropriate references.

        (3) The portion of material presented for examination claimed as original must be indicated in the thesis.

        40.(1)(a) A thesis may be presented in the form of a typescript, a published book or a paper or series of papers which have been published in refereed journals.

        (b) A typescript may be structured in any of a range of ways, including, but not limited to: a monograph; a paper or series of papers suitable for publication in scholarly journals; or a combination of published and unpublished work.

        (c) Work that has been published may be presented in the format in which it was published or with the formatting adjusted for consistency with the rest of the typescript.

        (2) If any of the items submitted in terms of (1) have been jointly authored—

        (a) the work done by the student must be clearly indicated and certified as such by the co-authors; and

        (b) the co-authors must certify that they agree to the inclusion in the thesis of work of which they are joint authors.

        (3) Work of which the student is sole or joint author may be submitted as an appendix in support of the thesis, but, in the case of joint authorship, the work done by the student must be clearly indicated.

        (4) If a series of papers is presented, there must be a full explanatory introduction and a review article at the end to link the separate papers and to place them in the context of the established body of knowledge.

        (5) If detailed data and descriptions of methods are not otherwise given, they must be included as appendices.

        41. A thesis must include a summary of approximately 250 words.

        42.(1) If a thesis is in typescript it must be typed on A4 size paper (30cm x 21cm) with a margin of 4cm on the left-hand side of the page.

        (2) If a thesis is part in print and part in typescript, the Board, in consultation with the University Librarian, may grant permission for the pages to be of a size other than A4.

        (3) No specific restrictions are placed on the size of drawings or maps accompanying a thesis.

        Word limits

        43.(1) Except as provided in the rules for individual master's degrees, a thesis, including footnotes but excluding words in tables, maps, endnotes, bibliographies, appendices and other illustrative matter, normally must not exceed 50,000 words.

        (2) If it appears that a thesis is likely to exceed the word limit specified and the Graduate Research Coordinator/head of school concerned judges that there are good reasons for this, the Graduate Research Co-ordinator/head of school must submit a written case for approval of a thesis exceeding the standard limit for the consideration of the Board.

        Submission of a thesis for examination

        44.(1) A student submitting a thesis for examination must submit relevant particulars on a form to be obtained at the Graduate Research and Scholarships Office and must observe any guidelines set down by the Board regarding the preparation and subsequent disposal of the thesis.

        (2) A thesis submitted for examination must be accompanied by a declaration signed by the student that—

        (a) all sources are acknowledged; and

        (b) the thesis has not previously been accepted for any other degree in this or another institution; and

        (c) the thesis has been substantially accomplished during enrolment in the degree; and

        (d) except in the case of jointly authored work (see Rule 40), the thesis is wholly the student's own composition.

        (3) Except as set out in (4), a thesis submitted for examination must be accompanied by certification from the supervisors and head(s) of school and approved by the Board that the form and content of the thesis are suitable for examination.

        (4) The Board may, in exceptional circumstances, accept for examination a thesis without the certification of the supervisors and/or the head of school and may, after an examination is complete, notify the examiner(s) that the thesis was submitted without school support.

        45. A student must submit a thesis for examination in temporary binding and must comply with any guidelines set down by the Board at the time of submission of the thesis.

        (2) All students must lodge with the copies of their thesis for examination one additional copy (unbound) of the summary referred to in Rule 41.

        46.(1) A student submitting a thesis for examination must provide two printed copies in temporary binding upon request by the Graduate Research School.

        47. Except in exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Board, a student will not be permitted to withdraw, alter or add to a thesis or work after it has been submitted in a form suitable for examination.

        48. The submission of a thesis in temporary binding will be regarded as the end of the formal period of enrolment.

        Lodgement of final version following classification

        49.(1) When a thesis has been classified as Passed, the student must, after completing any corrections required, submit to the Graduate Research School an electronic copy of the updated thesis.

        (2) The format of the version submitted under (1) must comply with detailed specifications laid down by the University Librarian.

        (3) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, after a thesis submitted for the Master of Forensic Anthropology has been classified as Passed, the Graduate Research School submits the electronic copy of the thesis to the Library which must make reasonable efforts to convert the electronic copy into a digital format suitable for inclusion in the University's Digital Thesis Repository.

        50. After a thesis has been classified, its examiners are normally invited to keep their copies of the thesis.

        Nomination and appointment of examiners and examination

        51. Prior to the submission of a thesis the appropriate head of school and supervisors must submit to the Board the names of two examiners and a reserve third examiner.

        52.(1) Except as set out in (2), the Board, following submission of a thesis for examination, must appoint two examiners, at least one of whom must be external to the State of Western Australia.

        (2) In exceptional circumstances the Board may approve arrangements other than those prescribed in (1).

        53. A person who has supervised a student for a higher degree program at this or another institution must not be appointed as an examiner for that student's thesis or work.

        54.(1) For a thesis submitted for examination the appropriate head of school, prior to submitting names of examiners to the Board for approval, is required to informally invite the nominated examiners for the thesis and ensure their willingness and availability to examine within the timeframe for examination determined by the Board, which may seek such other advice as it thinks desirable, including a detailed report from the student's supervisors. The nominated examiners must be advised that the thesis will be sent electronically for examination unless the examiner specifically requests a hard copy.

        (2) For a thesis submitted for examination, the appointment of examiners is undertaken by the Board which will seek advice as it thinks necessary and/or desirable.

        55.(1) The names of examiners are not withheld from students.

        (2) Students, supervisors and heads of school must not discuss any aspect of an examination with examiners during the examination process.

        56.(1) Examiners must not, before submitting their independent reports, consult or otherwise communicate with each other or anyone connected with the preparation of the thesis.

        (2) The Board may ask examiners to consult or otherwise communicate with each other before, or after, receipt of their individual reports.

        57. Before a thesis is classified, the Board may require a student to—

        (a) sit a written examination in subjects related to the thesis; and/or

        (b) undertake an oral examination by video-conferencing, teleconferencing or any other mode of communication approved by the Board in subjects related to the thesis.

        58. To classify a thesis, the Board may require a student and/or supervisor, after submission of a thesis and before or after receipt of examiners' reports, to provide it with further information, and/or comment and explanation concerning any aspect of the thesis.

        Classification of theses

        59.(1) The Board, after considering all reports on a thesis submitted for examination, classifies the thesis as Passed with no requirement for correction or amendment, Passed subject to revision, Resubmit or Failed.

        (2) A thesis classified as Passed subject to revision must, once the required revisions have been carried out to the satisfaction of the Board, be classified as Passed.

        (3) The Board may classify a thesis which has been Passed with no requirement for correction as Passed.

        60. A student whose thesis or work is classified as Passed subject to revision must complete the revisions within four months of the date of notification of classification.

        Resubmission

        61.(1) The Board must not classify a thesis as Resubmit unless, having considered the examiners' reports and any other relevant information, it agrees that the thesis shows some merit and may, by a specified amount of further work under approved supervision, be sufficiently improved for re-submission.

        (2) If the Board classifies a thesis as Resubmit, it must inform the student of the further work which is required before it may be resubmitted.

        (3) A student whose thesis is classified as Resubmit must—

        (a) resubmit the thesis for examination within one calendar year of the date of notification of classification; and

        (b) submit with the thesis a detailed report, signed by the supervisor and head of school; and

        (c) re-enrol and remain enrolled until the thesis is resubmitted for examination.

        (4) At the discretion of the Board the resubmitted thesis and the report on the revisions are submitted to—

        (a) two of the original examiners of the thesis; or

        (b) one of the original examiners of the thesis and a new examiner; or

        (c) at least two new examiners.

        (5) In the event that one of the examiners fails to submit their report within a reasonable time the
        Board may, at its discretion, either classify the thesis on the basis of the single report received or
        appoint an additional examiner.

        (6) Examiners of a resubmitted master's thesis are invited to recommend one of the following to the Board: Pass with no requirement for further correction; Pass after minor typographical errors have been corrected; or Fail.

        62. A resubmitted master's thesis must, after examination, be classified as Passed or Failed.

        Examination of a master's degree by research thesis as a PhD thesis

        63.(1) After having regard to the recommendation of the appropriate head of school, the Board may permit a student who has completed a thesis for a master's degree by research to submit that thesis for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, although the student has at no time been enrolled for that degree.

        (2) If, after considering the examiners' reports on a thesis submitted for the award of a master's degree by research, the Board considers that the thesis may be suitable for submission for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, it may with the agreement of the student permit the student to submit the thesis for examination for the award of that degree.

        (3) If, after due consideration, the Board determines that a thesis produced as part of the course for a master's degree by research but recommended for submission for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is not suitable for that examination, it must so advise the student immediately.

        (4) If the Board is satisfied that the thesis is suitable for submission for examination for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, it must arrange the examination immediately.

        64. If, following examination, the Board classifies a thesis submitted for examination in terms of Rule 63(4) as Passed—

        (a) the student is qualified for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, although he or she has at no time been enrolled for that degree; and

        (b) the Board arranges for details of the student's qualification for the degree to be entered on the academic record as a course result of 'PhD Awarded'.

        65. If, after considering the examiners' reports on the thesis submitted for examination in terms of Rule 63(4), the Board determines that the thesis is not suitable for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy the Board must—

        (a) so advise the student; and

        (b) arrange for the academic record to be annotated to indicate that the thesis was examined, but found unsuitable, for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy; and

        (c) proceed to examine or classify the thesis, as appropriate, in terms of the rules for the Master of Forensic Anthropology.

      • Master of Music (research) (10720)
        Definitions

        In these Rules, unless the context suggests otherwise—

        the Board is the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function;

        work means scholarly writing or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean music composition or music recitals or exhibitions or recordings or scholarly documentation of exhibitions or recordings.

        Applicability of the Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School and the University's Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1.(1) The Master's Degrees by Research Rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School, excluding Rules 29, 30, 66, 67 and 68, apply to the Master of Music except as set out in the rules which follow.

        (2) The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

        Academic Conduct and Research Integrity Unit

        1.A(1) A student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct and Research Integrity unit  (the ACRI module) and complete within the first six months from the date of commencement in the course.

        (2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACRI module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.

        (3) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

        Admission

        2.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have the degree of Bachelor of Music with honours or Bachelor of Arts with honours of this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Board.

        (2) An applicant for the course in composition or musicology must Pass a portfolio review and interview.

        (3) An applicant for the course in performance must pass an audition and interview.

        (4) The arrangements for the portfolio review and interview or audition, including the nature, duration and timing, are determined by the Head of the Conservatorium of Music.

        Course requirements

        3. The fields of study for the course are composition, musicology and performance.

        4. A student must—

        (a)(i) for the course in composition present for examination a portfolio consisting of a composition or group of compositions which show(s) advanced technical accomplishment and imaginative resource, and an 8000 to 10,000 word thesis on a topic related to one or aspects of the portfolio; or

        (ii) for the course in musicology present for examination a 20,000 to 25,000 word thesis; or

        (iii) for the course in performance present for examination a performance program of normally 60 to 80 minutes' duration which demonstrates advanced artistic integrity and technical accomplishment, and an 8000 to 10,000 word thesis on a topic related to one or more aspects of the performance program;

        and

        (b) demonstrate satisfactory attendance at, and participation in, the Conservatorium of Music's Research Seminar.

        5. The word count for the thesis or critical commentary excludes tables, footnotes, endnotes, appendices and other illustrative matter.

        6.(1) A student must submit the following information to the Board for approval:

        (a) for the course in composition, the proposed musical forms and media of the portfolio the details of the thesis;

        or

        (b) for the course in musicology, details of the thesis or the transcription and edition of a substantial body of music to be accompanied by the critical commentary;

        or

        (c) for the course in performance, a preliminary proposal for the performance program and details of the thesis.

        (2) The information referred to in (1) must be submitted within four months of the date of first enrolment in the program if the enrolment is full-time, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        (3) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the information referred to in (1).

        Examination

        7.(1) The composition portfolio and thesis, musicology thesis, or performance recital and thesis, are examined by two examiners, at least one of whom must be external to The University of Western Australia.

        (2) The examiners are appointed by the Board, on the recommendation of the Head of the Conservatorium of Music.

        Master of Music (in performance)

        (3) For the Master of Music (in performance)  where one or bth examiners are examining in person, the Head of the Conservtorium of Music must advise the Board at least two months prior to the date of the performance program, of the details of the program, including the date, venue and other relevant details.

        (4) Where one or both examiners are exmining in person for the Master of Music (in performance), they are nominated by the Head of the Conservatorium of Music at least one month prior to the performance program.

        (5) The performance program is recorded and the recording made available to the examiners for their consideration and subsequent archival retention.

        (6) If examiners are not present at a performance program, they examine on the basis of the recording.

        (7) The performance program is performed before the Head of hte Conservatorium of Music or his/her nominee.

        (8) Examiners must forward to the Board their final report pertaining to the performance program and theses, and recommendations for classification.

        Minimum and maximum time limits

        8.(1) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, the minimum period of enrolment is eight months full-time, sixteen months if the enrolment is part-time or pro-rated if the enrolment is a mixture of full- and part-time.

        (2) Unless the Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, grants an extension of time, a full-time student must submit the thesis within one year from the date of first enrolment, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        Transfer of candidature


        9.(1) The Board, on the recommendation of the head of school concerned, may permit a
        student in the Master of Music (research) to upgrade candidature to the degree of Doctor of
        Musical Arts.
        (2) A student who wishes to upgrade to the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts must, at the
        time of application for upgrade, provide a research proposal through the head of school for
        the Board's approval.

      • Master of Research (00720)
        Master of Research (research)

        Rules

        Terms used

        In the rules that follow—

         

        the Board means the Board of the Graduate Research School and includes any position to which the Board has delegated authority for a particular function.

        graduate research coordinator means a person appointed by the head of school and approved by the Board to act on behalf of the head of school on matters pertaining to the master of research degree;

        higher degree by research means postgraduate degree course for which at least two thirds of the student load is required as research;

        BPhil means a Bachelor of Philosophy course undertaken at UWA

        by thesis means by submission of a thesis or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean by submission of a thesis and/or other work as required in the rules for specific degrees;

        a student and/or students means a student and/or students enrolled for the degree of master by research by thesis;

        progression means the forward movement from one course to another at a higher level where the lower degree has not been conferred

        internal student means a person undertaking study towards a higher degree by research who, except for approved periods, will conduct research and study towards the higher degree on a campus of this University; and

        external student means a student who has been approved by the Graduate Research School to undertake their course of study at a location other than a campus of the University of Western Australia and whose enrolment is formally recorded as external. 

        Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1.(1) The Student Rules, policies and procedures, and the Master of Philosophy Rules apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules that follow.

        (2) These Rules must be read in conjunction with the Master of Philosophy Rules.

        Admission and entry requirements

        2.(1) The Board, on the recommendation of the appropriate graduate research coordinator, may accept into the course for the degree of master of research an applicant who has:

        (a) completed the requirements of an Honours degree at this University with a weighted average mark of at least 70%  but who has not had the degree conferred and wishes to progress to the Masters course;

        and

        (b) has demonstrated the ability to undertake research through the production of an Honours thesis that is assessed as being Honours 1 or 2A standard;

        and

        (c) has submitted to the Board for approval a research proposal comprising the abstract and literature review from the Honours thesis plus a description of supervision arrangements, resourcing and additional research to be carried out during the master’s year.

        or

        (d) has previously undertaken work at an equivalent standard towards an honours degree at another approved institution but has not submitted it for any degree.This includes former students who may have previously exceeded the normal duration of their course;

        and

        (e) has submitted to the Board for approval a research proposal comprising the abstract and literature review from the Honours thesis plus a description of supervision arrangements, resourcing and additional research to be carried out during the master’s year.

        (2) The Board may recognise a qualification completed at another tertiary institution as being equivalent to one completed at this University.

        (3) A person who wishes to have a qualification that they have completed at another tertiary institution recognised as equivalent to one completed at this University must provide satisfactory evidence of the work completed for the qualification.

        (4) Notwithstanding that an applicant may otherwise have met the University’s minimum English requirements, the Board may require them to demonstrate satisfactory performance in English, as prescribed by the Academic Board, in an approved test of English before being admitted to the University.

        (5) Entry into the MRes is not permitted for students undertaking the BPhil program at UWA.

        Enrolment

        3.(1) Other than prescribed University holidays, there must be no gap in enrolment  of more than one month between the Honours and Masters courses

        (2) The minimum period of enrolment is 12 months.

        (3) Unless the Board permits otherwise, a student must be enrolled until all examinable components of their program have been submitted for examination.

        (4) Students are enrolled as either full-time (1.0 FTE) or part-time (0.5 FTE).
        (5) Students who are enrolled full-time are expected to work on their research at least 30 hours per
        week.
        (6) Students who are enrolled part-time are expected to work on their research at least 15 hours per week.
        (7) Students are normally enrolled as internal students and will be assumed to be enrolled internally unless external enrolment has been approved formally by the Board.

        Changes to terms of candidature

        4.(1) The approval of the Board is required for any change to the terms of candidature approved at the time of first enrolment in the course.

        (2) Students enrolled in the Master of Research are not permitted to upgrade to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

        (3) With the exception of students admitted under Rule 2. (1) (d), a student enrolled in the MRes may be permitted to withdraw and subsequently graduate with an Honours degree.

        (4) Changes between full-time and part-time enrolment will normally be approved only for full teaching periods. That is, a student may not change enrolment part-way through a teaching period other than in exceptional circumstances outside the student’s control.


        (5) For the operation of 4(4), exceptional circumstances do not include employment commitments.

        Course content

        5. (1) The Research Proposal comprises the documents submitted under Rule (2(1) (c) and (e) and is approved by the Board as a condition of acceptance of the student into the course.  The research proposal sets out the broad plan to be followed for the research and production of the thesis.

        (2) The student must submit a thesis after completing a course of supervised research and advanced study in a subject approved by the Board as part of the approval of the Research Proposal.

        (3) The thesis must be a substantial work generally based on independent research which shows a sound knowledge of the subject of the research, evidence of the exercise of some independence of thought and the ability of expression in clear and concise language.

        Progress and reporting

        6.(1) If the student has not submitted their thesis before the first anniversary of their commencement in the course they must provide an annual progress report, through the appropriate graduate research coordinator and supervisor(s), in accordance with procedures determined by the Board.  An annual report will be due on each anniversary of the student’s commencement while they remain enrolled in the course.

        (2) The report provided by a student must be forwarded by the graduate research coordinator to the Board with a recommendation on whether the student should be permitted to re-enrol.

        (3) A student must provide particulars of the progress and results of the research and other agreed tasks to their supervisors from time to time and whenever requested.

        (4) A student will be deemed to be making satisfactory progress when, in the assessment of their supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator, they have—

        (a) continued to complete sufficient work, at a satisfactory standard, within agreed times; and

        (b) continued to submit reports and other requirements, at a satisfactory standard, within agreed times.

        (5) When a student's supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator assess that a student is not making satisfactory progress they will inform the Graduate Research School. The Graduate Research School will—

        (a) inform the student in writing that they are deemed as being at risk of not meeting the course requirements for continuation; and

        (b) request that in three months the student submits an Interim Report addressing the specific concerns raised by the supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator.

        (c) on receipt of the interim report and the recommendation of the Graduate Research Coordinator determine whether the student’s candidature in the MRes can continue

        Minimum and maximum time limits

        7.(1) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, the minimum period of enrolment is one year full-time, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        (2) Unless the Board, in recognition of exceptional circumstances, grants an extension of time, a full-time student must submit the thesis within one year from the date of first enrolment, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        Approved leave (suspension of candidature) and extension

        8.(1) The Board, on written application, may grant a period of approved leave, called a suspension of candidature.

        (2) Unless the Board permits otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances outside the
        student’s control, the maximum suspension during a student’s candidature is one year, irrespective of whether the student has been enrolled full-time or part-time.
        (3) Periods of suspension will normally be approved only for full teaching periods. That is, a student may not commence or end a period of suspension part-way through a teaching period other than in exceptional circumstances outside the student’s control;
        (4) Periods of suspension are not normally approved while a student is on extension of candidature;
        (5) In no circumstances will a period of suspension be approved for less than one month;
        (6) For the operation of Rule 8 exceptional circumstances do not include employment commitments.

        Termination of candidature

        9.(1) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, if a student's thesis is not submitted within the time
        limits specified in these Rules, candidature is terminated automatically.

        Submission and examination of a thesis

         10.(1) A student submitting a thesis for examination must submit relevant information as directed by the Graduate Research School and must observe any guidelines set down by the Board regarding the preparation and subsequent disposal of the thesis.

        (2) A thesis submitted for examination must be accompanied by a declaration signed by the student that—

        (a) all sources are acknowledged; and

        (b) the thesis has not previously been accepted for any other degree in this or another institution; and

        (c) the thesis has been substantially accomplished during enrolment in the degree; and

        (d) except in the case of jointly authored work, the thesis is wholly the student's own composition.

        (3) Except as set out in (4), a thesis submitted for examination must be accompanied by certification from the supervisor(s) and head(s) of school and approved by the Board that the form and content of the thesis are suitable for examination.

        (4) The Board may, in exceptional circumstances, accept for examination a thesis without the certification of the supervisor and/or the graduate research coordinator and may, after an examination is complete, notify the examiner(s) that the thesis was submitted without school support.

        (5) A student must submit an electronic copy of the thesis in a form directed by the Graduate Research School  and must comply with any guidelines set down by the Board at the time of submission of the thesis.

        (6) In exceptional circumstances a student may be asked by the Graduate Research School to provide printed copies of the thesis in temporary binding.

        (7) Except in exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Board, a student will not be permitted to withdraw, alter or add to a thesis or work after it has been submitted for examination.

        (8) The submission of the thesis for examination will be regarded as the end of the formal period of enrolment.

        Lodgement of final version following classification

        11.(1) When a thesis has been classified as Passed, the student must, after completing any corrections required, submit to the Graduate Research School an electronic copy of the updated thesis.

        (2) The format of the version submitted under (1) must comply with detailed specifications laid down by the University Librarian.

        (3) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, after a thesis submitted for the Master of Research has been classified as Passed, the Graduate Research School submits the electronic copy of the thesis to the Library which must make reasonable efforts to convert the electronic copy into a digital format suitable for inclusion in the University's Digital Thesis Repository.

        (4) After a thesis has been classified, its examiners are normally invited to keep their copies of the thesis.

        Nomination and appointment of examiners and examination

        12.(1) Prior to the submission of a thesis the appropriate graduate research coordinator and supervisor(s) must submit to the Board the names of two examiners and a reserve third examiner.

        (2) Except as set out in (3), the Board, following submission of a thesis for examination, must appoint two examiners, at least one of whom must be external to the State of Western Australia.

        (3) In exceptional circumstances the Board may approve arrangements other than those prescribed in (2).

        (4) A person who has supervised a student for a higher degree program at this or another institution must not be appointed as an examiner for that student's thesis or work.

        (5) For a thesis submitted in accordance with the provisions of Rule 10(3), the appropriate graduate research coordinator, prior to submitting names of examiners to the Board for approval, is required to informally invite the nominated examiners for the thesis and ensure their willingness and availability to examine within the timeframe for examination determined by the Board, which may seek such other advice as it thinks desirable, including a detailed report from the student's supervisor(s).

        (6) For a thesis submitted in accordance with the provisions of Rule 10(4), the appointment of examiners is undertaken by the Board which will seek advice as it thinks necessary and/or desirable.

        Classification of theses

        13.(1) The Board, after considering all reports on a thesis submitted for examination, classifies the thesis as Passed with no requirement for revision, Passed subject to revision, Resubmit or Failed.

        (2) A thesis classified as Passed subject to revision must, once the required revisions have been carried out to the satisfaction of the Board, be classified as Passed.

        (3) The Board may classify a thesis which has been Passed with no requirement for revision as Passed.

        (4) A student whose thesis or work is classified as Passed with no requirement for revision is expected to submit the final version of thier thesis and associated paperwork within one month, and must do so within three months, of the date of notification of classification.

        (5) A student whose thesis or work is classified as Passed subject to revision must complete the revisions within three months of the date of notification of classification. Requests for extension of this time must be submitted to the Graduate research School through the supervisors and Graduate Research Coordinator.

        Resubmission

        14.(1) The Board must not classify a thesis as Resubmit unless, having considered the examiners' reports and any other relevant information, it agrees that the thesis shows some merit and may, by a specified amount of further work under approved supervision, be sufficiently improved for re-submission.

        (2) If the Board classifies a thesis as Resubmit, it must inform the student of the further work which is required before it may be resubmitted.

        (3) A student whose thesis is classified as Resubmit must—

        (a) resubmit the thesis for examination within six calendar months of the date of notification of classification; and

        (b) submit with the thesis a detailed report, signed by the supervisor and graduate research coordinator; and

        (c) re-enrol and remain enrolled until the thesis is resubmitted for examination.

        (4) At the discretion of the Board the resubmitted thesis and the report on the revisions are submitted to—

        (a) two of the original examiners of the thesis; or

        (b) one of the original examiners of the thesis and a new examiner; or

        (c) at least two new examiners.

        (5) In the event that one of the examiners fails to submit their report within a reasonable time the
        Board may, at its discretion, either classify the thesis on the basis of the single report received or
        appoint an additional examiner.

        (6) Examiners of a resubmitted master's thesis are invited to recommend one of the following to the Board: Pass with no requirement for further correction; Pass after minor typographical errors have been corrected; or Fail.

        (7) A resubmitted master's thesis must, after examination, be classified as Passed or Failed.

      • Doctor of Architecture (Design) (25920)
        Terms used

        In these Rules, unless the context suggests otherwise—

        the Board is the Board of the Graduate Research School which delegates authority as appropriate to the Dean of the Graduate Research School or the Associate Director, Graduate Research and Scholarships;

        work means scholarly writing or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean music composition or music recitals or exhibitions or recordings or scholarly documentation of exhibitions or recordings.

        Applicability of the Doctor of Philosophy Rules and the University's Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1.(1) The Doctor of Philosophy Rules excluding Rules 29, 38 to 51, and 62, apply to the Doctor of Architecture (Design) except as set out in the rules which follow.

        (2) The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

        (3) In the applicable Doctor of Philosophy Rules the term 'thesis' is to be read as 'work'.

        Academic Conduct and Research Integrity Unit

        1.A(1) A student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct and Research Integrity unit (the ACRI module) and complete within the first six months from the date of commencement in the course.

        (2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACRI module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.


        (3) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'

        Admission

        2. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must demonstrate that they have fulfilled the requirements of the University Policy on: Adequate Research Preparation and any other requirements for admission of the University, and—

        (a)(i) have a bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification recognised by the Board as equivalent; or

        (ii) have previously undertaken work, which in the Board's opinion is of a sufficiently high standard, towards a higher degree by research in this or another approved institution but has not submitted it for any degree;

        and

        have completed and had approved by the Board, on the recommendation of the supervisor and the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, a Doctor of Architecture (Design) research proposal; or

        (iii) have the degree of bachelor of this University or have a qualification recognised by the Board as equivalent, and have, since graduation completed at a satisfactory level a Higher Degree by Research Preliminary Program, or equivalent as determined by the Board, in the subject area in which research is to be undertaken;

        and

        (b) have sufficient architectural design experience as determined by the Board on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts.

        Course content

        3.(1) A student must present for examination work comprising—

        (a) an exhibition of architectural design of a scope of works equivalent to the fully developed design of a building of major cultural significance;

        and

        (b) an A3 volume containing—

        (i) the exhibition drawings in suitable reduction;

        (ii) photographs of the exhibition models;

        (iii) the research proposal described in Rule 5(1) containing a brief, the scope of works and the estimated construction costs for the proposed architectural design; and

        (iv) an expanded abstract of up to 5000 words explaining the student's response to the brief and the contribution of the work to the discipline of architecture.

        (2) The A3 volume described in (1)(b) must be presented in temporary binding at least six weeks prior to the exhibition opening.

        (3) The work described in (1) must be a substantial and original contribution to scholarship, for example through the discovery of knowledge, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.

        Confirmation of candidature

        4. Doctor of Philosophy Rule 19 applies.

        Research proposal

        5.(1) A student must, within six months of the date of first enrolment in the course, if enrolment is full-time, or the equivalent period as determined by the Board if enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time, submit to the Board for approval a research proposal which includes a brief, the scope of works and the estimated construction costs for the proposed architectural design.

        (2) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the details submitted under (1).

        Submission of work for examination

        6.(1) A student submitting for examination the work described in Rule 3 must provide relevant particulars on a form to be obtained from the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts and must observe any guidelines set down by the Faculty regarding the preparation and subsequent disposal of the work.

        (2) When a student submits the work described in Rule 3 for examination, it must be accompanied by a declaration signed by the student that—

        (a) all sources are acknowledged;

        (b) the work has not previously been accepted for any other degree in this or another institution;

        (c) the work has been substantially accomplished during enrolment in the Doctor of Architecture (Design) course; and

        (d) except in the case of jointly authored work, the work is wholly the student's own composition.

        (3) If any part of the work submitted for examination has been jointly authored—

        (a) that part of the work done by the student must be clearly indicated and certified as such by the co-authors; and

        (b) the co-authors must certify that they agree to the inclusion of the part of the work of which they are joint authors.

        (4) Work of which the student is sole or joint author may be submitted as an appendix in support of a student's work but, in the case of joint authorship, the contribution of the student to the publication must be clearly indicated.

        (5) Except as set out in (6), work submitted for examination must be accompanied by certification from the supervisor(s) and the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts that the form and content of the work are suitable for examination.

        (6) The Faculty may, in exceptional circumstances, accept work for examination without the certification of the supervisor(s) and/or the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts and may, after the examination is complete, notify the examiner(s) that the work was submitted without the support of the School.

        7.(1) A student must submit for examination four printed copies in temporary binding of the A3 volume required under Rule 3(1)(b) and must comply with any guidelines set down by the Faculty at the time of submission of the volume.

        (2) All students must declare at the time of submission that a full electronic copy of the A3 volume is available on request.

        8. Except in exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Faculty, a student will not be permitted to withdraw, alter or add to the work after the A3 volume has been submitted in a form suitable for examination.

        9. The date of the opening of the exhibition referred to in Rule 3(1)(a) will be regarded as the end of the formal period of enrolment.

        Examination

        10.(1) The Doctor of Philosophy Rules 44 to 48 apply to the nomination and appointment of examiners.

        (2) The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts must, at least two months prior to the date of the opening of the exhibition referred to in Rule 3(1)(a), notify the Board of the details of the exhibition, including the date, venue, number and type of works and other relevant information.

        (3) The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts must provide the examiners with a copy of the A3 volume described in Rule 3(1)(b) prior to the exhibition opening.

        (4) A student must give a presentation of the architectural design described in Rule 3(1)(a), of approximately 45 to 60 minutes duration, to the examiners and answer any questions of fact arising.

        (5) After examination is complete the Faculty will provide to the Board—

        (a) the examiners' reports;

        and

        (b) a summary of the examiners' reports from the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts.

        Classification of work

        11. In addition to meeting the requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy Rule 60, when undertaking the classification of the work submitted for examination, the Board will also consider the summary of the examiners' reports provided by the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts under Rule 10(5)(b).

        Lodgement of final version following classification

        12.(1) When the work has been classified as Passed, the student must, after completing any corrections required, submit to the Graduate Research School an electronic copy of the updated A3 volume of work referred to in Rule 3(1)(b).

        (2) The format of the version submitted under (1) must comply with detailed specifications laid down by the University Librarian.

        (3) Unless otherwise approved by the Board, after work submitted for the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design) has been classified as Passed, the Graduate Research School submits the electronic copy of the A3 volume referred to in Rule 3(1)(b) to the Library, which  must make reasonable efforts to convert the electronic copy into a digital format suitable for inclusion in the University's Digital Thesis Repository must make reasonable efforts to convert the electronic copy into a digital format suitable for inclusion in the University's Digital Thesis Repository.

        13. After the work has been classified, its examiners are normally invited to keep their copies of the A3 volume.

        Transfer of candidature

        14. The Board, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, may permit a student for the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design) at this institution to downgrade candidature to the Master of Architecture (Design).

        15.(1) The Board, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, may permit a student for the Master of Architecture (Design) at this University to upgrade candidature to the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design).

        (2) A student who wishes to upgrade to the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design) must, at the time of application to upgrade, provide a research proposal through the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts for the Board's approval.

        Examination of work prepared during the course of enrolment for the Doctor of Architecture (Design) as work for the Master of Architecture (Design)

        16. After having regard to the recommendation of the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, the Board may permit a student who has completed work for the degree of Doctor of Architecture (Design), which is considered by the Board, following consultation with the supervisor(s) and the Head of the School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, to be unsuitable for submission for the award of that degree, to submit the work for examination for the award of the degree of Master of Architecture (Design), although the student has at no time been enrolled for that degree.

      • Doctor of Musical Arts (10940)
        Terms used

        In these Rules, unless the context suggests otherwise—

        the Board is the Board of the Graduate Research School which delegates authority as appropriate to the Dean of the Graduate Research School or the Associate Director, Graduate Research and Scholarships;

        work means scholarly writing or, in the case of the creative arts and building sciences, may mean music composition or music recitals or exhibitions or recordings or scholarly documentation of exhibitions or recordings.

        Applicability of the Doctor of Philosophy Rules and the University's Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1.(1) The Doctor of Philosophy Rules apply to the Doctor of Musical Arts except as set out in the rules which follow.

        (2) The Student Rules, policies and procedures apply except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

        Academic Conduct and Research Integrity Unit

        1.A(1) A student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct and Research Integrity Unit (the ACRI module) and complete within the first six months from the date of commencement in the course.

        (2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACRI module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in the rules for this course.

        (3) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

        Admission

        2.(1) To be considered for admission to the course in composition an applicant must submit a folio of original compositions, the arrangements for which are determined by the Head of the School of Music.

        (2) To be considered for admission to the course in performance an applicant must pass an audition, the arrangements for which, including the nature, duration and timing, are determined by the Head of the School of Music.

        (3) All applicants must undergo an interview with the Head of the School of Music or nominee.

        (1) and (3) are approved additions to Doctor of Philosophy Rule 2.

        Course structure

        3.(1) The fields of study for the course are composition and performance.

        (2) A student must—

        (a)(i) for the course in composition, present for examination:

        a portfolio of original compositions, in a variety of genres, considered to be of sufficient magnitude and duration by the Faculty of Arts on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Music, which show the highest level of technical accomplishment and imaginative resource; and

        a lecture/demonstration on a topic related to the student's research or compositions, comprising a 45-minute lecture/demonstration and a 15-minute discussion session;

        or

        (ii) for the course in performance, present the following required creative components:

        two recitals, each of 70 to 90 minutes' duration, which include the performance of repertoire demonstrating professional executant skill and interpretative ability; and

        one lecture–recital on a topic related to the student's research, comprising a 45-minute lecture/demonstration and a 15-minute discussion session;

        and

        (b) present a thesis on a topic strongly related to one or more aspect(s) of the work presented under (a).

        (3) The thesis must be a minimum of 30,000 and a maximum of 40,000 words in length, excluding tables, footnotes, endnotes, appendices and other illustrative matter.

        4.(1) A student must submit to the Board for approval—

        (a)(i) the proposed musical forms and media of the composition portfolio; or

        (ii) a preliminary proposal for the recital program;

        and

        (b) the details of the thesis.

        (2) The information referred to in (1) must be submitted within six months of the date of first enrolment in the course if the enrolment is full-time, or the equivalent as determined by the Board if the enrolment is part-time or a mixture of full- and part-time.

        (3) The approval of the Board is required for any significant changes to the information referred to in (1).

        Examination of composition portfolio or recitals

        5.(1) The composition portfolio or recitals are examined by three examiners, all of whom must be external to The University of Western Australia.

        (2) The examiners are appointed by the Board, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Music.

        (3) Wherever possible, the Head of the School of Music nominates the same examiners for the composition portfolio or recitals and the thesis.

        (4) For the course in performance the Head of the School of Music must advise the Board, at least two months prior to the date of the recitals, of the details of the recitals including the dates, venues and other relevant details.

        (5) Where practical, all examiners for the Doctor of Musical Arts in performance are nominated by the Head of the School of Music at least one month prior to the first recital.

        (6) If it is not practical to nominate all examiner(s) in advance of the first recital, the School of Music must formally advise the Board of this as early as possible before the first recital and must nominate the examiners or the remaining examiner(s) at least two months prior to the final recital.

        (7) If an examiner who was nominated prior to the first recital is not able to examine the subsequent recitals a replacement examiner is appointed to examine all recitals.

        (8) The recitals are performed before all examiners, where possible, and the Head of the School of Music or his/her nominee.

        (9) The recitals are recorded and the recordings made available to the examiners for their consideration and subsequent archival retention.

        (10) If an examiner is not able to be present at the recitals, they examine on the basis of the recording.

        (11) Examiners are expected to prepare a short working report on each recital and a final report which addresses all recitals.

        (12) Examiners must forward to the Board their final reports and recommendations for classification.

        Examination of thesis

        6. Subject to Rule 5(3), Doctor of Philosophy Rules 52, 53(1) and (2), and 54 to 57 apply to the appointment of examiners and the examination of the thesis.

        Classification

        7.(1) In accordance with Doctor of Philosophy Rule 63, the final classification of the degree program is based on the outcome of the examination of all components of the course and is made by the Board having regard, if appropriate, to the recommendation of the Head of the School of Music.

        (2) The Board may require a student and/or supervisor, before or after receipt of the examiners' reports, to provide it with further information, and/or comment and explanation concerning any aspect of the thesis and/or work.

        (3) Subject to (4), the classifications that may be assigned are—

        Passed with no requirement for correction or amendment;

        Passed subject to revision;

        Resubmit; or

        Failed.

        (4) The Board may, after considering reports on all components of the course, assign a classification of Passed for the award of the degree of master with no requirement for correction.

        Revisions

        (5) If a classification of Passed subject to revision is assigned—

        (a) the student must complete the revisions within four months of the date of notification of the classification;

        and

        (b) the Board, once the required revisions have been carried out to its satisfaction, assigns a classification of Passed.

        Resubmission

        8.(1) The Board must not assign a classification of Resubmit unless, having considered the examiners' reports and any other relevant information, it agrees that the thesis and/or work shows some merit and may, by a specified amount of further work under approved supervision, be sufficiently improved for resubmission.

        (2) If the Board assigns a classification of Resubmit, it must inform the student of the further work which is required before resubmission.

        (3) A student whose work is assigned a classification of Resubmit must—

        (a) resubmit within one calendar year of the date of notification of the classification;

        (b) re-enrol and remain enrolled until they resubmit;

        (c) at the time of resubmission, provide a detailed report on the further work carried out, signed by the supervisor and the Head of School.

        (4) At the discretion of the Board a resubmitted thesis and/or work is examined by—

        (a) one or more of the original examiners who have indicated that they are willing to re-examine;

        or

        (b) one of the original examiners and a new examiner;

        or

        (c) at least two new examiners.

        (5) The Board may determine that there be only one examiner provided that examiner is one of the original examiners.

        (6) Examiners of a resubmitted thesis or resubmitted work are provided with the report referred to in (3)(c).

        (7) Examiners of a resubmitted thesis and/or resubmitted work are invited to recommend to the Board one of the following classifications for the degree program:

        Passed with no requirement for further correction;

        Passed after minor typographical errors have been corrected; or

        Failed.

        (8) After examination of a resubmitted thesis and/or resubmitted work, the final classification assigned for the degree program is Passed or Failed.