Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Doctoral policies and guidelines

Guidance for all aspects of your Doctoral study

Students at Grafton Campus

Doctoral policies, regulation documents and information on topics including:

  • absences
  • registration
  • supervision
  • submission of theses and dissertations
  • etc

Doctoral Graduate Profile

A description of the personal qualities, skills and attributes a student is expected to obtain by the end of their doctorate.

PhD Statutes and guidelines


All PhD Statutes and guidelines are available for viewing on the main university website.

The 2016 PhD Statute and Guidelines for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) came into effect on 1 January 2016. Any candidates still enrolled under the 2003, 2008 or 2011 PhD Statutes may transfer to the 2016 PhD Statute by completing the PhD Statute Consent Form.

Summary of changes:

  • the 2016 PhD Statute introduces the option of a joint (50/50 split) supervision model and the provision for early career staff to take on the role of main supervisor For more information, click here;
  • the expectation that supervisors will normally conduct an interview (in person or by electronic means) with the candidate as part of the application process;
  • the provision for the Board of Graduate Studies to issue a formal warning to a candidate, outside of the annual review process, where there are concerns about student progress (candidates will have the opportunity to respond, and will have three months to meet the conditions stated in the formal warning; failure to do so may result in termination of registration);
  • the introduction of a needs analysis (to determine training and other requirements that must be completed before candidature can be confirmed) and completion of a health and safety risk assessment as standard provisional goals;
  • the provision for a candidate who has to revise and resubmit their thesis to submit a response to the examiners’ reports along with their revised thesis.