Master of Arts (Research)
These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 (the 'HDR Rule'), the Academic Board resolutions relating to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy and the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended).
To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Dean or Associate Dean, an applicant must hold or have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution, with a major in a relevant subject area, completed with a distinction average.
The Dean or Associate Dean 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 Dean or Associate Dean, are equivalent to those prescribed in sub-clause (1).
a statement certifying the applicant's understanding that, subject to the HDR Rule, if the candidature is successful, his or her thesis will be lodged with the University Librarian and made available for immediate public use.
In addition, an applicant for admission to part-time candidature must submit a statement that he or she will have sufficient time available to complete the requirements of the degree in accordance with these resolutions.
The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the granting of credit for previous studies, including the effect on completion times, except that:
any research credit granted shall ordinarily not exceed one semester full-time or equivalent part-time candidature; and
The Head of Department will appoint a supervisor and associate supervisor for each candidate in accordance with the HDR Rule and Academic Board policies for postgraduate research higher degree supervision.
A candidate may complete either 6 or 12 credit points of units of study, depending on the length of the thesis.
The units of study are chosen from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Coursework Table of Units of Study.
26,000 to 28,000 words if the degree requirements are completed by thesis and 12 credit points of coursework; or
28,000 to 30,000 words if the degree requirements are completed by thesis and 6 credit points of coursework; or
A candidate is normally accepted for candidature on a probationary basis for a period not exceeding one year according to the provisions of the HDR Rule.
The HDR Rule specifies the allowable completion times and submission dates available for full- and part-time candidates in this course.
A candidate may discontinue enrolment in a unit of study or the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.
A candidate may suspend enrolment from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.
A candidate may take leave of absence from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.
Examination of the thesis will be conducted in general accordance with standards prescribed by Academic Board for the Doctor of Philosophy, except that:
three copies of the thesis shall be submitted by the candidate, together with three copies of the thesis summary of about 300 words in length;
two examiners will be appointed by the Faculty, at least one of whom shall be external to the University; and
the Faculty Postgraduate Research Committee will approve the appointment of examiners, make decisions on the examiners' reports, the result of the examination, and the award of the degree.
The thesis will be graded by the examiners and a 'Thesis grade' will be recorded on the academic transcript.