Higher Doctorate

Doctor of Medical and Health Sciences

(DMedHS, Course Code: 4600)

The Higher Doctorate is the highest award for work that makes an internationally recognised, original, substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge within the faculty concerned.

The published work submitted for the degree normally comprises publications that have appeared in the form of books or papers in scholarly journals that are then presented in the form of a thesis. The degree will give the applicant distinguished authoritative standing in that field of research, commanding international recognition.

Admission criteria

Applicant Requirements

An applicant for admission to enrolment must:

  • have qualified, not less than seven years previously, for a degree of the university;
  • be a current member of the teaching or research staff of the university and have been so for not less than six consecutive years full-time or an equivalent number of consecutive years part-time; or
  • have qualified, not less than seven years previously, for a degree of another educational institution and have had a close research association with the university for not less than six years.
Work Requirements

Work submitted for a higher doctorate degree:

  • must have been published not less than one year prior to submission;
  • subject to point 3 below, must be the original work of the applicant;
  • may include work conjointly authored provided:
    • the conjoint work is clearly indicated; and
    • a statement is provided that demonstrates how the applicant was responsible for a major portion of the work; and
  • must not have been previously submitted for a degree in any educational institution, unless the relevant higher doctorate committee in any particular case otherwise determines.

Degree award

Only the work which is assessed as meeting the below criteria will be qualified for the award of a higher doctorate degree:

  • It makes an original, substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge in the field concerned; and
  • It gives the applicant authoritative standing in that field and the right to general recognition of this standing by scholars in the field.

Submit an application

The application form can be downloaded here.

For further information about the degree, admission requirements, degree assessment criteria and examination, please see Handbook for Doctoral Degrees (Section 2.1.3 - Higher Doctorate).

Contact

Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Graduate Research Office

Email: med-research.degrees@monash.edu