The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) may be awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a course of further study and research, the results of which are judged to constitute a contribution to learning and to give evidence of systematic study and of ability to relate the results of such study to the general body of knowledge in the subject.
HIGHER DEGREES COMMITTEE
There is a Higher Degrees Committee appointed by the Academic Board which shall administer the Rules for the degree of PhD.
ADMISSION TO CANDIDATURE
(1) An application for admission to candidature for the degree of PhD shall have a Master’s degree of the University or of another tertiary institution approved by the Committee, in a field of study related to the subject of the proposed research.
(2) The Committee may, in exceptional circumstances, accept as a candidate for the degree of PhD an applicant who does not have a Postgraduate Diploma or a Bachelor’s degree of Honours standard but who has satisfied the Committee of his or her fitness to undertake advanced work. All such applicants shall in the first place be provisionally admitted to candidature for a period to be determined by the Committee. All such cases shall be reported to the Academic Board.
(3) An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of PhD shall be approved by the Committee only on the recommendation of the Head of Department in which the candidate proposes to register (referred to in these Rules as the “Head of Department”); the Head of Department shall be required to certify that adequate supervision and facilities are available.
Where part of the research is to be carried out in a department other than that in which the candidate proposes to register, the Head of the other Department(s) shall be required to certify that adequate facilities and whether necessary supervisions are available. For the purpose of these Rules other recognized academic units in the University, which contain one or more members of academic staff as determined by the Council, shall be regarded as departments.
(4) No applicant who is already a candidate for a degree at another institution may be admitted into candidature.
(5) Professors and Associate Professors of this University may be admitted into candidature for the degree of PhD with the agreement of the Vice Chancellor who shall act as Principal Supervisor.
(6) At the time of admission, the Committee shall determine on the recommendation of the Head of Department, the field of further study and research of the candidate.
The Committee may approve or prescribe special conditions for any candidate, including undertaking a preparatory course and/or performing satisfactorily in an examination.
1) A candidate shall register for the degree of PhD with the Registrar as soon as possible following the acceptance of the application by the Committee.
2) A candidate shall re-register annually throughout the period of candidature not later than the end of the fourth week of the first semester in each year of the candidature.
3) A candidate shall be registered in one of the departments of the University.
4) A candidate may not enroll for any other degree, diploma or certificate of this University or of any other institution during the period of candidature.
COURSE OF FURTHER STUDY AND RESEARCH
(1) At the time of admission to candidature, the Committee shall determine the minimum and maximum duration of the period of further study and research of the candidate.
(2) A candidate admitted with the status of full-time candidate shall normally spend a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years on his or her further study and research.
(3) A candidate admitted with the status of a part-time candidate shall normally spend a minimum of five years and a maximum of eight years on his or her further study and research.
(4) When a candidate changes the status of his or her candidature, the Committee shall determine the new period of the candidature.
(5) The periods of study referred to in 15(2) and 15(3) above may be varied by the Committee after taking into account the recommendation of the Head of Department and the Principal Supervisor.
(6) A candidate shall normally be required to spend a minimum of 2 semesters in attendance at the University or at an institution affiliated or admitted to the University in the terms of Section 24(1)(t) of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology Act,1965.
At the time of admission to candidature, the Committee shall appoint a full-time member of the academic staff as a Principal Supervisor for the candidate. The duties of the Principal Supervisor shall be to instruct and advise the candidate on the pursuit of his or her course
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