Doctor of Philosophy - Agricultural Sciences (DR-PHILAGR) // Entry and participation requirements
About this course
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
Associate Dean Graduate Research
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- a four-year bachelor degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and have achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% in the final year subjects or (University of Melbourne) equivalent;
- a masters degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% or (University of Melbourne) equivalent;
- a qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent;
- a research proposal; and
- referee reports (except for applicants who have graduated from the University of Melbourne within the last 5 years); and
- the endorsement of a prospective supervisor.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In selecting applicants, the selection committee will consider applicants’:
- prior academic performance and, if relevant, professional qualifications;
- understanding of the research question to be explored;
- performance at an interview;
- the applicant’s motivation and capacity to complete the course in a timely manner;
- relevant prior research and/or professional experience; and
- the referee reports.
3. The selection committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
See NOTES page for more information on applications and support.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
All PhD candidates are required to complete the equivalent of at least 12 months full-time (24 months part-time) advanced study and research in the University unless studying at an outside institution approved by the Higher Degrees by Research Committee (HDRC). The HDRC will not approve entirely distance supervision or entirely on-line supervision for research higher degree students.
Throughout their candidature candidates are expected to attend the University in order to benefit from planning, conducting and writing up their research within a University community and environment. The residency requirement is deemed especially important during the probationary period of candidature. During this time the student is expected to interact on a regular basis with the supervisor, the faculty (including staff and other research students) and the University, so as:
- to build the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out the proposed research program;
- to acquire an understanding of the standards and requirements for a PhD awarded by the University; and
- to make use of support programs and facilities provided by the Faculty and the University throughout the period of candidature.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with Student Equity and Disability Support.
Last updated: 24 January 2023