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This policy outlines the principles and responsibilities of the University in offering higher degrees by research (HDR).

Responsible Officer: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Implementation Officer: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Development and Training)

First approved by:
Academic Board on 14 May 2013

Amendments approved by:
Academic Board on 15 April 2014
(amend para 13);

Amended on 12 August 2015
(Legislation document link change to Unisol website)



Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Policy


This policy was approved by Academic Board on 14 May 2013 and incorporates all amendments to 15 April 2014.
GOVERNING LEGISLATION

Statute 05.2 – Academic Awards
Regulation 05.2(1) – Academic Awards
Regulation 05.2(2) – Higher Education Award Courses – General
Regulation 05.2(5) – Higher Doctorates

PURPOSE

To outline the principles and responsibilities of the University in offering higher degrees by research (HDR).

SCOPE

This applies to candidates for HDR, their supervisors, faculties and University administrators.

DEFINITIONS

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research: Commonwealth guidelines for the ethical and responsible conduct of research Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Candidate: a person whose application to enrol in a HDR is accepted by the University.

Candidature: the period of time during which a person is a candidate for their higher degree.

Head of Academic Unit: Heads of the academic units listed in Schedule A of the Higher Degrees by Research Supervision Policy.

Higher degrees by research (HDR): academic awards of the University, as specified in clause 6, Regulation 05.2(1) – Academic Awards.

Supervision: the provision of advice and guidance during the course of a higher degree by research.

POLICY
1The University will offer HDR that:
a)meet the standards specified in the Australian Qualifications Framework
b)provide high-quality research training to candidates
c)promote a research culture of excellence, integrity, professionalism and mutual respect
d)contribute to the University’s research objectives.
2The Academic Board will oversee the introduction, review and quality assurance of HDR courses.
3The Research and Research Training Committee (RRTC) will oversee and monitor HDR courses, and will set academic standards and other requirements for HDR admission, supervision, academic progress and assessment in accordance with the University’s processes.
4Deakin Research will administer HDR candidature.
5Admission and enrolment to HDR is conducted in accordance with the Higher Degrees by Research Admission, Selection and Enrolment Procedure which stipulates the minimum academic entry requirements and selection criteria for a course.
6Each HDR candidate will be enrolled in a faculty.
7The University will provide each candidate with a supervision team throughout the duration of their HDR candidature, at least one of whom will be a suitably qualified and experienced member of Deakin University’s academic staff taking the role of principal or executive supervisor.
8Candidate supervision will be conducted in accordance with the Higher Degrees by Research Supervision Policy and Procedure.
9It is the responsibility of the Head of Academic Unit and the principal or executive supervisor to ensure that the quality of the candidate’s research training experience is maintained at an appropriate level, regardless of the type and location of their enrolment.
10All candidates shall be provided with access to resources and facilities necessary for the successful completion of their studies, taking into account the different disciplinary requirements and those relating to mode of enrolment.
11Faculties must review the progress of each candidate in accordance with the HDR Academic Progress procedure.
12All candidates and supervisors will comply with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and are expected to familiarise themselves with the relevant University policies and procedures dealing with professional practice and conduct. Candidates must also comply with relevant industry standards, professional codes of conduct, contractual obligations involving third parties related to their research and relevant State and Commonwealth legislation.
13The period of candidature is prescribed by the University. For masters candidates the time is a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years, and for doctoral candidates the times are two years and four years respectively. These times are based on full-time candidature, and are doubled for part-time candidature. RRTC can approve other limits on candidature, given an appropriate case. For candidates admitted to candidature based substantially on prior publications, the normal limit will be one year full-time equivalent.
14The assessment of a candidate’s thesis will be conducted in accordance with the Higher Degrees by Research Assessment Procedure.
15The thesis must be written in English and demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes at the relevant level of the Australian Qualifications Framework including substantial original contribution to knowledge for a doctorate and a substantial piece of research executed with a high level of autonomy for a masters degree.
16The University is required to comply with the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 (Cth) and the United Nations Security Council Sanction requirements. Potential HDR candidates from sanctioned countries (outlined in legislation) will be subject to a review by Deakin International in conjunction with DeakinResearch and lodgement of permit applications to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade prior to commencement of study (if necessary).
17The Academic Board will ensure that an appeals process is available to enable candidates to appeal decisions regarding their candidature.
18Student complaints will be dealt with in accordance with the Student Complaints Resolution Policy.
ASSOCIATED INFORMATION

Schedule A: Academic Units
Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 (Cth)
Higher Degrees by Research Academic Progress procedure
Higher Degrees by Research Admission, Selection and Enrolment Procedure
Higher Degrees by Research Assessment Procedure
Higher Degrees by Research Supervision Policy
Higher Degrees by Research Supervision Procedure
Research Conduct Policy
Student Complaints Resolution Policy



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