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Policies and procedures

Policy No.
UP11/20
Function
Teaching And Learning
Authoring Organisational Unit
Graduate Research and Scholarships
Date Approved
01/06/2011 Revised 20/09/2012
Next Review Date
01/06/2015
Approving Body
Academic Council

The University of Western Australia

University Policy on: Higher Degree by Research Preliminary Course

Purpose of the policy and summary of issues it addresses:

This policy deals with the higher degree by research preliminary course.

The purpose of the policy is to enable a faculty or the Board of the Graduate Research School to require students who have applied to undertake a higher degree by research course to complete a preliminary course to ensure that they possess the necessary knowledge and research skills to complete the proposed course successfully, in the context of maintaining the University's reputation as a university of the highest international standing.

Definitions:

the University means The University of Western Australia

higher degree by research includes the Doctor of Philosophy, a master's degree by thesis only, a master's degree by thesis and coursework or a professional doctorate where the research component represents at least 66.6% of the course requirement

Policy statement:

1 Higher degree by research preliminary course

1.1 A faculty or the Board of the Graduate Research School may, on the recommendation of the relevant head of school, require an applicant to complete a preliminary course before deciding whether or not to accept the applicant into the course for a higher degree by research.

1.2 A higher degree by research preliminary course is a supervised course of advanced study and/or research administered by a faculty to a value determined by the faculty or the Board of the Graduate Research School on the recommendation of the relevant head of school.

1.3 Students enrolled in a higher degree by research preliminary course must apply for re-enrolment each year until they have completed the requirements, but the faculty may-

(a) having considered a written application, waive this requirement for any year; or

(b) having considered a report from the head of the school concerned, reject the application for re-enrolment.

1.4 A faculty must record a percentage mark and a grade for each unit in a higher degree by research preliminary course.

1.5 Students who have satisfied the course requirements at the appropriate level of achievement as determined by the Faculty will have a completion recorded on their academic record.

1.6 A student who does not complete the requirements of a higher degree by research preliminary course within the time limit specified in the University Policy on Time limits for courses (other than higher degree by research courses administered by the Graduate Research School) (UP11/10) may re-enrol only on resolution of the faculty concerned on the recommendation of the head of the appropriate school.

Related forms: (Link)

TRIM File No:

F35324

Contact position:

Associate Director, Graduate Research and Scholarships

Related Policies or legislation:

Time limits for courses (other than higher degree by research courses administered by the Graduate Research School) (UP11/10)