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Physical, Environ & Math Sci - 2229

Program Summary

Campus: University College Campus
Career: Research
Typical Duration: 1.5 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 3
Max UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC For Award: 72
Master of Philosophy (Research)

Program Description

This program is offered by the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes


Program Structure

The Master of Philosophy is a research degree with an examinable coursework component, taken over three semesters and comprising 72 Units of Credit. A thesis embodies the result of an original investigation, design or engineering development. A progam of advanced study, comprising 18-24 Units of Credit of coursework makes up the remainder of the program. The coursework component will normally comprise three or four courses selected from the Coursework Masters offering for the relevant discipline and approved by the Head of School. Candidates may undertake interdisciplinary studies subject to approval. Subject to the approval of the program authority, candidates may enrol in postgraduate courses from other tertiary institutions.

Before enrolment an applicant should submit an intended program for approval by the School controlling the research discipline for the degree. The School will ensure that the coursework component is relevant to, or complements, the research component, and that the candidate satisfies pre-requisite requirements for the study.

Academic Rules

1. Conditions Governing the Award
The degree of Master of Philosophy may be awarded by the Council on the recommendation of the UNSW@ADFA Research Committee, (herein after collectively referred to as the Committee) to a candidate who has demonstrated ability to undertake research by the submission of a thesis embodying the results of an original investigation, and who has satisfied the advanced postgraduate coursework requirements of the degree. The degree will comprise the equivalent of between 18 and 24 Units of Credit (UoC) of coursework with the remainder of the degree allocated to the thesis.

2. Qualifications
A candidate for the degree shall have been awarded an apprpriate Bachelor degree in the relevant discipline form the University of New South Wales at a credit average level or a qualification considered equivalent by the Committee from another tertiary institution.
In exceptional cases an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic and professional qualifications approved by the Committee may be permitted to enroll in the degree.
If the Committee is not satisfied with the qualifications submitted by an applicant the Committee may require the applicant to undergo such assessment or carry out such work as the Committee may prescribe, before permitting enrolment.

3. Enrolment
An application for admission as a candidate for the degree shall be made either online or on the prescribed form which shall be lodged with Student Administration at UNSW@ADFA at least two calendar months before the commencement of the semester in which enrolment is to begin.
Before making the offer of a place the Committee shall be satisified that appropriate supervision, space and resources are available to support the research to be undertaken.
The candidate shall be enrolled as either a full-time or a part-time student.
A candidate may be granted up to 24 UoC advanced standing for subjects undertaken at the appropriate level determined by the Committee, towards the coursework component.
All candidates will undertake the research at an approved UNSW location i.e. at a campus, teaching hospital, or other research facility of the University. The Committee may permit a candidate to spend a period of time in the field, within another institution or elsewhere away from the University provided that the work can be supported and supervised in a manner satisfactory to the Committee. In such instances the committee shall be satisfied that the location and period of time away from the University are necessary to the research program.
All candidates will have appoined either a supervisor and a co-supervisor, or two joint supervisors, or a supervisory panel, in accordance with the procedures and definitions specified in the University Policy on Higher Degree Research Supervision.
The coursework will be successfully completed within the first two semesters of enrolment of the MPhil unless approval is given by the Committee.
A full-time candidate will present the thesis for examination no earlier than the equivalent of two semesters and no later than four semesters from the date of enrolment and a part-time candidate will present the thesis for examination no earlier than four semesters and no later than eight semesters from the date of enrolment.
A candidate who exceeds the maximum time permitted for the degree may apply to the Committee for an extension of candidature. The Committee may approve an extension of one semester if the Committee is satisfied that circumstances outside the control of the candidate have impacted on the candidature.

4. Progression
The progress of the candidate will be monitored by the Committee.
The research proposal will be reviewed as soon as feasible after enrolment. For a full-time student this will be after one semester. This review will focus on both the viability of the research proposal, and evidence of satisfactory commencement of the research.
Progress in the program will require that the approved coursework is undertaken during candidature, and that all courses are passed at the first attempt at a level prescribed by the Committee. As a result of failure in any poart of the coursework component, the committee may, on consideration of documented conditions outside the control of the candidate, permit the candidate to complete additional assessment.
Re-enrolment in the second year of the degree is conditional upon satisfactory progress assessed at an annual review of candidature as recommendd by a School review panel in accordance with the University procedures for reviewing progress of higher degree research candidatures.

5. Thesis
On completing both the program of research and all coursework, a candidate shall submit a thesis embodying the results of the investigation. Where the research has included a substantial studio/production/exhibition component, the length of the written thesis is proportionally reduced.
The candidate shall give in writing to the Student Administration UNSW@ADFA, six weeks notice of intention to submit the thesis.
The thesis shall present an account of the candidate's own research.
Three copies of the thesis shall be presented in a form which complies with the requirements of the University for the preparation and submission of theses for higher degrees by research.
Thee copies of the thesis shall be presented in a form which complies with the requirements of the University for the preparation and submission of theses for higher degrees by research.
A candidate may apply to the University to protect Intellectual Property by restricting circulation of the thesis for a limited period not exceeding two years.
An electronic version of the thesis shall be submitted to the library on completion of all work and corrections required by the committee as a result of the examination process.

6. Examination
The reseach presented in the thesis will be examined by written reports submitted by two examiners.
There shall be no fewer than two examiners of the thesis, appointed by the Committee under the conditions specified in the University examination of higher degree thesis procedures. At least one of the examiners must be external to the University.
Each examiner shall submit to the Committee a concise report on the thesis, and shall recommend to the Committee one of the following assessments:
(a) The thesis is satisfactory.
(b) The thesis is satisfactory subject to minor corrections as listed being made to the satisfaction of the Head of School.
(c) The thesis requires further work on matters detailed in the report. Should performance in this further work be to the satisfaction of the Higher Degree Committee, the thesis would be satisfactory.


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