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All the formal requirements regarding your candidature may be found in the University's Graduate Studies Handbook. This booklet summarizes formal requirements PhD, HECS, fees, part-time studies, time away, suspensions, examination, supervision etc.
The Dean of Graduate Studies serves as a focus for all postgraduate research and coursework activities across the University. The DoGS office works closely with Deans, Associate Deans (Postgraduate Studies), Heads of Schools/Departments, Postgraduate Coordinators, Supervisors, SUPRA and Postgraduate Students. Information on Induction Sessions run by the University can be found at the DOGS website.
All forms regarding scholarships or any aspect of your candidature that ask for a Head of School/Department signature are to be signed by Professor Harrowell who acts for the Head of School in postgraduate matters.
All forms requiring a signature should be given to Kate Woods (Front Office) who will arrange to obtain the necessary signatures.
The School keeps copies of all documents regarding candidature on file.
Postgraduates have free access to the following facilities for research purposes:
Stationery : laboratory books, overheads and computer diskettes only
Paper, toner, printers etc as required for research and production of thesis.
Swipe card access to School 24 hrs day (subject to obeying Safety Regulations)
Common room with hot water, microwave and general facilities (Room 147)
Lockable areas (office/locker) for personal belongings
Basic glassware, equipment, chemicals and instrument access required for research
Email account on School server
Internet access (research only – usage monitored)
Access to shared personal computers for basic word-processing and accessing email/internet
Laboratory space, workstations, office space as appropriate
In the Faculty of Science, candidates are given a maximum of 8 semesters (4 years) to complete a PhD and 4 semesters (2 years) to complete an MSc degree. Submission of a PhD thesis is possible after 6 semesters (or earlier with permission). A number of students in recent years have submitted in under 3.5 years.
HECS : currently exempt for 8 semesters PhD (full-time); 4 semesters MSc (full-time). The HECS liability is calculated per semester where the census dates are 31 March and 31 August each year. Thus, if, for example, you submit your thesis in October, you are still liable for a full semester.
The School is not funded after 4 years and postgraduate places and funds are allocated on the basis of completions in 4 years. There is a University-wide effort to ensure that all postgraduate degrees are complete within 4 years.