Governance

Policies and procedures

Policy No.
UP11/8
Function
Student Administration
Authoring Organisational Unit
Academic Board
Date Approved
06/04/2011
Next Review Date
06/04/2014
Approving Body
Academic Council

The University of Western Australia

University Policy on: Higher Doctorates

Purpose of the policy and summary of issues it addresses:

This policy deals with eligibility and the requirements for higher doctorates.

Higher doctorates have a higher standing than the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. They are awarded for independent and original research that constitutes a substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge and understanding in a field, and are normally awarded for a body of work of which the whole or a substantial part has been published or accepted for publication.

Definitions:

In this policy and any associated procedures,

the University means The University of Western Australia

the faculty means the faculty with responsibility to govern and administer the degree and includes a board or committee to which the faculty has delegated responsibility for the function concerned.

Policy statement:

1 Higher Doctorates available

1.1 The University may award the following higher doctorates:

Doctor of Commerce (40910)

Doctor of Dental Science (80910)

Doctor of Economics (40920)

Doctor of Engineering (60910)

Doctor of Letters (10910)

Doctor of Laws (20920)

Doctor of Medical Science (90920)

Doctor of Music (10920)

Doctor of Surgery (90930)

Doctor of Science (50910)

Doctor of Science in Agriculture (70910)

2 General provisions for higher doctorates

Higher doctorates are governed by the general provisions in this policy unless the provisions for a specific higher doctorate in this policy state otherwise.

2.1 Standing and nature of higher doctorate

2.1.1 Higher doctorates have a higher standing than the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. They are awarded for independent and original research that constitutes a substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge and understanding in a field, and, unless stated otherwise in this policy, are awarded for work of which the whole or a substantial part has been published or accepted for publication.

2.2 Admission to candidature

2.2.1 A faculty may accept as a candidate for a higher doctorate a graduate of at least ten years standing who -

(a) has a degree of this University;

(b)(i) has a degree of another recognised tertiary institution; and

(ii) has carried out at least two years' work substantially within this University or, in exceptional circumstances, elsewhere in Western Australia.

2.2.2 Candidates for the Doctor of Dental Science, Doctor of Medical Science or Doctor of Surgery must be graduates of a relevant degree in dentistry, medicine or surgery as the case may be.

2.3 Work required for a higher doctorate

2.3.1 Candidates must establish a prima facie case for the award of a higher doctorate.

2.3.2 Candidates who establish a prima facie case are invited to submit a body of work for examination.

2.3.3 Except in the case of the Doctor of Music, higher doctorates are awarded essentially for work of which the whole or a substantial part has been published or accepted for publication.

2.3.4 The form of publication acceptable is determined in each case by the faculty.

2.3.5 A candidate may be required to submit to an oral examination or another test that is not a written examination.

2.3.6 A work for a higher doctorate is not accepted for examination unless its scope, subject and character have first been approved by the faculty.

2.3.7 A candidate must not, without the permission of the faculty, submit for a higher doctorate any work for which a degree has already been awarded by any university or which has previously been presented for a degree.

2.4 Appointment of examiners

2.4.1 Following submission of work for a higher doctorate, the faculty must appoint three examiners for the work, all of whom, unless the Vice-Chancellor approves otherwise, must be external to the University and at least two of whom must be external to the State of Western Australia.

2.5 Examination of work for a higher doctorate

2.5.1 The examiners will each examine the thesis or work and will report on it independently.

2.5.2 Before making their independent reports, the examiners may consult together or otherwise communicate with each other with regard to the thesis or work submitted but must state in their reports whether or not they have done so.

2.5.3 If the examiners' independent reports differ, the faculty may invite the examiners to consult or further consult among themselves with the object of resolving their differences or of submitting a further joint report.

2.5.4 Before a higher doctorate is awarded, the faculty must be satisfied that the work presented makes a substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge and understanding in the field.

3 Specific requirements for higher doctorates

3.1 Doctor of Music

3.1.1 A candidate for the Doctor of Music must, in addition to the material submitted for the prima facie case, present for examination-

(a) a significant portfolio of compositions that display creative ability of a high artistic level and a mastery of techniques of musical composition;

(b) professionally recorded performances that demonstrate the artistic and technical mastery of the candidate and of which a significant portion are recorded live performances.

3.2 Doctor of Medical Science

3.2.1 The degree is awarded for independent and original research that constitutes a substantial and distinguished contribution to the knowledge and understanding of any branch of learning with which the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is concerned.

3.2.2 Candidates must-

(a) have the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;

and

(b) have at least four years' clinical training in medicine;

and

(c) be able to satisfy the Faculty as to their competence in medicine.

3.2.3 A candidate's submission for the degree of Doctor of Medical Science must embody the results of considerable original works in medicine or its branches and make a distinct and substantial contribution to the science of medicine.

3.2.4 The candidate's work must demonstrate a high degree of innovative thinking in terms of the development and testing of hypotheses and discovery and must be recognised as doing so by the scientific community.

3.3 Doctor of Surgery

3.3.1 The degree is awarded for independent and original research that constitutes a substantial and distinguished contribution to the knowledge and understanding of any branch of learning with which the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is concerned.

3.3.2 Candidates must-

(a) have the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;

and

(b) have at least four years' clinical training in surgery;

and

(c) be able to satisfy the Faculty as to their competence in surgery.

3.3.3 The candidate's work must demonstrate a high degree of innovative thinking in terms of the development and testing of hypotheses and discovery, and must be recognised as doing so by the scientific community.

3.3.4 A candidate's submission for the degree of Doctor of Surgery must embody the results of considerable original works in surgery or its branches and make a distinct and substantial contribution to the art and science of surgery.

3.4 Doctor of Dental Science

3.4.1 The degree is awarded for independent original research that is recognised by the profession as contributing substantially to the knowledge of dentistry and demonstrating a high degree of innovative thinking, development and testing of hypotheses.

3.4.2 Candidates must have the degree of Bachelor of Dental Science, or equivalent.

Related forms: (Link)

Policy No:

UP11/8

Approving body or position:

Academic Council

Date original policy approved:

06/04/2011

Date this version of policy approved:

06/04/2011

Consequential amendments as a result of approved name change - AC 2015

Date policy to be reviewed:

06/04/2014

Date this version of procedures approved:

06/04/2011

TRIM File No:

F34960

Contact position:

Academic Secretary

Related Policies or legislation:

2011 University General Rules 1.4.1.1. to 1.4.1.7

2011 Faculty Rules: 3.8.1.1., 3.8.2.1, 3.8.2.2., 3.8.3.1, 3.8.3.2, 3.8.3.3

8.8.2.1. to 8.8.2.3, 8.8.3.1 to 8.8.3.3., 8.8.4.1. and 8.8.4.2

Academic Council R294/95, Academic Council R 247/96

UP07/100 Administration of Professional and Higher Doctorates

Academic Policy Services Procedures for administering Higher Doctorates



Procedures

1.1 There are two stages to the process for the determination of whether a higher doctorate is to be awarded.

1.1.1 The candidate must establish a prima facie case for the award of the higher doctorate.

1.1.2 Once a prima facie case is established, the candidate will be invited to submit a body of work to the faculty.

1.1.3 The body of work must be assessed.

1.2 Normally candidates contact the faculty to ascertain if they are eligible to have their work considered for the award of a higher doctorate.

1.3 There then follows a period of time in which the candidate has the opportunity to put together the case for the award. It is important that good records are kept during this time in order that the candidate may be properly recorded and tracked through the system.

1.4 The Faculty must ensure that the candidate enrols via Student Administration in order that a student number is assigned. This student number must be quoted in all future correspondence. Candidates must enrol at the time of submitting the prima facie case. The Faculty Administrative Officer will be responsible for entering an offer on the system and informing the candidate in writing that they must enrol through Student Administration.

1.5 A student file is to be set up to which correspondence may be sent in the normal way.

1.6 Currently there is no fee attached to the process for the award.

1.7 While it is expected that the examination process for the award of a higher doctorate will take between six and twelve months to complete, no time limit is set as this will vary from case to case.