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Doctor of Philosophy
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The Doctor of Philosophy comprises a study programme of three years full-time or six years part-time involving research culminating in the submission of a thesis which makes a significant and original contribution to the area of study. Candidates are expected to participate in seminars and workshops on topics of research and related study areas. A panel of supervisors will oversee the development and progress of the student's research.
A prime requirement is that a Doctor of Philosophy must make a substantial novel contribution to knowledge in a designated field of study. It should show how theory is extended or tested to provide new knowledge. The research methods can be either quantitative or qualitative in nature. The thesis should consist of 75,000 - 100,000 words. An adapted version of the Doctor of Philosophy thesis should be of a standard that could be suitable for publication in a reputable journal.
Students in the doctoral programme are required to make satisfactory progress each semester when enrolled in PLN7200 Doctor of Philosophy unit. Students who do not make satisfactory progress will not be eligible to remain in the course.
Each semester students enrol into PLN7200 - Doctor of Philosophy Thesis unit at 50 or 100% of the full-time enrolment. Students are required to continue re-enrolling in the thesis component of their study until the thesis is submitted for examination. Doctoral candidates will normally complete no less than two years and no more than four years of full-time equivalent study by the time their thesis is submitted for examination.
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