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Doctor of Philosophy - Fine Arts and Music (DR-PHILFAM) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

Doctoral degrees at the University of Melbourne seek to develop graduates who demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research work. Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy – Fine Arts and Music should have:

 

Knowledge

  • a substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution
  • substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning

Skills

  • cognitive skills to demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice in the field
  • cognitive skills and use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge
  • expert creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning
  • communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions
  • communication skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards and to communicate results to peers and the community
  • expert skills to design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice

Application of knowledge and skills

Graduates should demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • with intellectual independence
  • with initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning
  • with full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs
  • to plan and execute original research
  • with the ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge, including in the context of professional practice

Graduate attributes

Doctoral degrees at the University of Melbourne seek to develop graduates who demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research work.

The University expects its doctoral graduates to have the following qualities and skills. The University provides a variety of opportunities in addition to the supervised research program, to facilitate students' acquisition of these attributes:

  • an advanced ability to initiate research and to formulate viable research questions;
  • a demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report sustained and original research;
  • the capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of specialist knowledge;
  • an advanced ability to evaluate and synthesize research-based and scholarly literature;
  • an advanced understanding of key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary norms and perspectives relevant to the field;
  • highly developed problem-solving abilities and flexibility of approach;
  • the ability to analyse critically within and across a changing disciplinary environment;
  • the capacity to disseminate the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication to a variety of audiences;
  • a capacity to cooperate with and respect the contributions of fellow researchers and scholars;
  • a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of research and scholarship;
  • an advanced facility in the management of information, including the application of computer systems and software where appropriate to the student's field of study;
  • an understanding of the relevance and value of their research to national and international
  • communities of scholars and collaborators;
  • an awareness where appropriate of issues related to intellectual property management and the commercialisation of innovation;
  • an ability to formulate applications to relevant agencies, such as funding bodies and ethics committees.