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Handbook for Doctoral Degrees


Please note: MPhil and research master's students should refer to the Handbook for Research Master's Degrees.

Chapter 1: Introduction

1.1 The Handbook for Doctoral Degrees
1.2 The degrees to which this handbook applies
1.3 Doctor of Philosophy
1.4 Doctor of Medicine (MD)
1.5 Professional doctorates
1.6 Higher doctorate
1.7 Administrative structures overseeing the doctoral programs

Chapter 2: Admission to doctoral enrolment

2.1 Admission criteria
2.2 English language proficiency
2.3 Credit provision for PhD and  professional doctorate degrees
2.4 Degree or institution transfer
2.5 Application for student visa (international students)
2.6 Application procedures
2.7 Research-related employment which overlaps enrolment
2.8 Admission and commencement
2.9 Concurrent enrolment
2.10 Conditional enrolment
2.11 Probationary enrolment
2.12 Ethics approval
2.13 Intellectual property (ownership)

Chapter 3: Conditions of enrolment

3.1 Duration of enrolment
3.2 Research environment
3.3 Coursework and practica
3.4 Attendance and residency for part-time and full-time enrolment
3.5 External/off-campus enrolment
3.6 Employment guidelines for part-time and full-time students
3.7 Study away
3.8 Re-enrolment
3.9 Milestones - Supporting and Monitoring Enrolment
3.10 Confirmation
3.11 Mid-candidature review / Progress Review
3.12 Pre-submission seminar / Final Review

Chapter 4: Changes to enrolment

4.1 Types of leave
4.2 Extension of enrolment
4.3 Studying away from the University
4.4 Lapse of enrolment
4.5 Withdrawal in good standing
4.6 Writing-up away status
4.7 Transfers

Chapter 5: Supervision of doctoral and research master's students

5.1 Appointment of supervisors
5.2 Code of practice for supervision of doctoral and research masters students

Chapter 6: Intellectual property

6.1 Forms of intellectual property
6.2 Intellectual property and graduate research students

Chapter 7: Thesis and examination matters

7.1 Preparation, presentation and submission of doctoral theses
7.2 Status of student while under examination
7.3 Thesis written in a foreign language
7.4 Staff PhD and MD (unsupervised) students
7.5 Submission of theses
7.6 Appointment of examiners
7.7 Tracking examination
7.8 Assessment of theses
7.9 Examiner's recommendations
7.10 Outcome of the thesis examination
7.11 Thesis archival
7.12 Award of degree
7.13 Advisory panels for doctoral examinations
7.14 Guidelines for reaching a thesis examination outcome in seemingly intractable cases
7.15 Code of practice for the use of merit indicators arising from doctoral examinations

Chapter 8: Grievance and appeal, discipline and termination

8.1 Grievance and appeal procedures
8.2 Discipline procedures for doctoral and MPhil students
8.3 Graduate Research  Progress Management Procedures
8.4 Graduate  Research Termination Procedures
8.5 Guidelines for Termination Appeal Panel Chairs

Chapter 9: Fees, scholarships and grants

9.1 Fees
9.2 Graduate scholarships
9.3 Application procedures and H1 equivalence
9.4 Graduate grants
9.5 Statistical consulting service

Chapter 10: Facilities and services

10.1 Monash Graduate Education (formerly MIGR)
10.2 Graduate facilities, services and groups
10.3 Monash Postgraduate Association Inc. (MPA)
10.4 Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Chapter 11: Directory

11.1 Monash Graduate Education (formerly MIGR)
11.2 Monash Graduate Research Centre
11.3 Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA)
11.4 Monash Research Office
11.5 Graduate research administration: faculties and campuses
11.6 International Recruitment Services
11.7 Documents related to graduate research at Monash University

Chapter 12 Appendices

A. Monash University Regulations
B. Summary regulation amendments by date
C. Guidelines for accreditation of centres for the purposes of enrolment of PhD students
D. Monash University (Vice-Chancellor) Regulations
E. Guidelines to apply when research undertaken in relation to employment overlaps with enrolment
F. Cotutelle and joint award doctoral programs
G. Professional doctorate guidelines/minimum standards
H. Research scholarship conditions of award
I. Conflict of interest guidelines for the nomination of higher degree by research thesis examiners
J. Faculty-specific requirements for milestones
K. Guidelines for Remote Supervision
L. Higher Doctorate Degrees
M. Joint Award guidelines for students

in Handbook for Doctoral Degrees