Doctor of Science (DSc)

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Information provided on this page includes:

  1. Course overview
  2. Entry requirements
  3. Application process
  4. Submission of work for examination
  5. Further information

1. Course overview

Course code: 0058
CRICOS code: Not applicable
First offered: 1961
Campuses: Not applicable
Duration: Not applicable
Fees: $4000 (comprising $1000 for 'Stage A' and $3000 for 'Stage B')
Conditions of candidature: refer to the Handbook for Doctoral Degrees of the Monash University Institute of Graduate Research

The Doctor of Science (DSc) is of a higher standing than either a masters degree (such as the Master of Science (MSc)) or the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and is awarded for work that makes an original, substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge  in a field with which the faculty is concerned. Work submitted for the degree normally comprises publications that have appeared in the forms of books or papers in scholarly journals that are then presented in the form of a thesis. The degree will give the applicant authoritative standing in that field  and the right to general recognition of this standing by scholars in the field.

2. Entry requirements

Monash University graduate:
  • have qualified, not less than seven years previously, for a degree of Monash University in a relevant field; and
  • be a current member of the teaching or research staff of the University and have been so for not less than size consecutive years full time or an equivalent number of consecutive years part-time; or

Graduate of another university:

  • have qualified, not less than seven years previously, for a degree of another educational institution in a relevant field; and
  • have had a close research association with the University for not less than six years.
  • 3. Application process

    The application process comprises two main stages. In 'Stage A' applications for the degree are made to the Faculty of Science for initial assessment by the Faculty of Science Higher Doctorate Committee. If a sufficient case is established the applicant is accepted as a candidate for the degree, and  in 'Stage B' the work is sent by the Monash University Institute of Graduate Research(MGE) to three examiners for assessment.

    • Stage B: Examination following successful initial assessment

      Following a successful initial assessment, in which the application is approved, the candidate is issued with a fees statement for $3000 and asked to provide a fourth copy of the work to the MGE (if not already provided) and a list of persons he or she does not want to examine their work. The Graduate Research Committee determines whether or not the degree will be awarded following receipt of the examiners' reports. In the case of a successful outcome, the applicant will then be able to graduate through the usual process

    4. Submission of work for examination

    • General requirements

      The work may comprise book chapters, review articles, and refereed scientific papers. It is important to note that the work must 'make an original, substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge in the field concerned; and give the applicant authoritative standing in that field and the right      to general recognition of this standing by scholars in the field'.

    • Conjointly authored work

      Work submitted for the degree may have been written conjointly with another author or authors, as long as the conjoint work is clearly indicated and that there is 'satisfactory evidence to show that the applicant was responsible for a major portion of the work'.

    • Publication date

      Publications must have been published at least one calendar year prior to the date of submission. For example, if the DSc thesis is submitted on 1 May 2007, the publications contained therein would need to have been 'published' at least one year before this date, that is, 30 April 2006. The definition      of 'publish' is normally taken to be the date when the work in question was issued. For example, a paper may be submitted on 1 January 2006 but not appear in press until 15 April 2006. This last date would be the date that the work was 'published'. The interval of a year is felt to be a sufficient period      of time for the research community to consider the publications and validate / question the findings.

    5. Further information