Master of Philosophy (Architecture)

 

Master of Philosophy


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-Laws, Rules and polices, including (but not limited to): the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011; the Thesis and Examination of Higher Degrees by Research Policy 2015; the Supervision of Higher Degree by Research Students Policy 2013; the Progress Planning and Review by Higher Degree by Research Students Policy 2015; the Research Code of Conduct and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course resolutions

Part 1: Preliminary

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

RMPHLARC-01

Master of Philosophy

Part 2: Admission requirements

2 Eligibility for admission to candidature

(1)
To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Head of School and Dean or Associate Dean (Research Education), an applicant must hold or have completed the requirements for:
(a)
a bachelor's degree with first class or second class honours from the University of Sydney in a relevant discipline; or
(b)
a master's degree from the University of Sydney in a relevant discipline.
(2)
The Associate Dean (Research Education) may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet the requirements of sub-clause (1), provided that the applicant holds a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the School Research Education Committee, are equivalent to those prescribed in sub-clause (1).

3 Application for admission to candidature

(1)
An applicant for admission to candidature must submit to the University school:
(a)
satisfactory evidence of the applicant's eligibility for admission;
(b)
written evidence confirming that an academic within the University school, with an academic background appropriate to the candidate's proposed research:
(i)
supports the applicant's research proposal; and
(ii)
is willing to supervise the research.
(c)
a written preliminary research proposal developed in conjunction with the proposed supervisor and in the form specified by the University school.
(d)
a statement certifying the applicant's understanding that, subject to the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011, if the candidature is successful, their thesis and record of design-based work will be lodged with the University Libraries and made available for immediate public use;
(e)
evidence of minimum English language requirements, where not demonstrated by academic qualifications; and
(f)
the contact details of two academic or practitioner referees.
(2)
In addition, an applicant for admission to part-time candidature must submit a statement that they will have sufficient time available to complete the requirements of the degree in accordance with these resolutions.

4 Credit transfer

The University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011 specifies the conditions for the granting of credit for previous studies, including the effect on completion times, except that for coursework no more than 6 credit points may be credited

Part 3: Candidature

5 Appointment of supervisor

The Associate Dean (Research Education) will approve a supervisor and associate supervisor for each candidate in accordance with the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011 and Academic Board policies for postgraduate research higher degree supervision, which recommendation will be submitted for approval by the Research Education Committee.

6 Control of candidature

The University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011 specifies the conditions for the control of candidature by the University.

7 Location of candidature and attendance

The University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011 specifies the conditions for the location of candidature and attendance by candidates at the University.

Part 4: Requirements

8 Degree requirements

(1)
To satisfy the requirements of the degree candidates must:
(a)
complete any specified probationary requirements;
(b)
complete all prescribed units of study; and
(c)
conduct research on the approved topic.
(2)
In addition, candidates proceeding by research and thesis must submit for examination a thesis embodying the results of their research.
(a)
Theses must be submitted in the mode approved by the Associate Dean (Research) at the time of candidate confirmation.
(3)
Candidates may proceed otherwise than by research and thesis, consistently with the requirements of the Thesis and Examination of Higher Degrees by Research Policy 2015.
(a)
Candidates undertaking the design-based research option must first obtain the approval of the Associate Dean (Research Education).
(b)
candidates proceeding by design-based research must submit for examination:
(i)
a permanent record of the design-based work (must be in the form of durable, portable visual, audio-visual, or other digital media); and
(ii)
a research paper on the design-based work. In this mode students produce an agreed program of design work accompanied by a text of 10,000 to 15,000 words in length.
(c)
all items submitted must pass examination.

9 The thesis and research paper

(1)
A candidate proceeding by research and thesis shall produce a thesis that:
(a)
meets the requirements specified in the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011; and
(b)
is in the range of 30,000 to 60,000 words for the conventional thesis.
(2)
A candidate proceeding by the design-based research option shall produce a research paper that:
(a)
meets the requirements specified in the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011: and
(b)
meets the requirements specified by the Associate Dean (Research Education).
(3)
For all MPhil options, the thesis type and submission requirements, including word length, will be confirmed with the student, supervisor, the Design PhD Director (if applicable) and approved by the Associate Dean (Research Education) at the student's Confirmation of Candidature hearing.

Part 5: Enrolment and progression

10 Probation

(1)
A candidate is normally accepted for candidature on a probationary basis for a period not exceeding one year according to the provisions of the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011.
(2)
In the probationary period each candidate must:
(a)
complete the 6 credit point core unit of study;
(b)
complete any structured program specified by the Head of School and Dean or Associate Dean (Research Education) and required by the University;
(c)
develop and present a refined research proposal at a public seminar, to the satisfaction of the candidate's supervision committee; and
(d)
demonstrate adequate English language competency for the completion of the degree to the candidate's supervision committee.

11 Time limits, earliest and latest submission dates

The University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011 specifies the allowable completion times and submission dates available for full- and part-time candidates in this course.

12 Mode of attendance

The attendance pattern for this course is full-time or part-time in agreement with the University school;

13 Discontinuation of candidature

A candidate may discontinue enrolment in a unit of study or the degree subject to the conditions specified by the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011.

14 Suspension of candidature

Subject to the other conditions of the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011, a candidate may suspend candidature for a maximum of four research periods or one calendar year.

15 Leave of absence

A candidate may take leave of absence from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011.

16 Progress

A candidate is required to maintain satisfactory progress towards the timely completion of the degree. Progress will be reviewed annually according to the provisions of the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research Rule) 2011.

Part 6: Examination

17 Examination of the thesis

(1)
Examination of both the thesis and the design-based work (which has been exhibited in some venue or in some manner approved by the Research Education Committee will be conducted in general accordance with the Thesis and Examination of Higher Degress by Research Policy 2015, except that:
(a)
the candidate must also submit three copies of a summary of the thesis or research paper, of not more than 300 words, for distribution to potential examiners.

18 Award of the degree

The degree is awarded at the Pass level only.

Part 7: Other

19 Transitional provisions

(1)
These course resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2019 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2019 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2019 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed within the time limits specified in those resolutions. The Head of School and Dean or Associate Dean may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.