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Postgraduate eguide : 2010
5 www.uow.edu.au/future/postgrad postgraduate guIde 2010 PART-TIME VS FULL-TIME While part-time research students generally work at half the pace of full-time students, the demands of conducting research may require part-time students to undertake a full-time load for part of the year. ASSESSMENT Research students must submit a written thesis for examination. The thesis must make an original contribution to knowledge in the field and demonstrate the capacity to conduct independent research. The format and length of the thesis varies depending on the discipline area. Some Research students may also be required to undertake some Coursework subjects and/or practical work and/or performance as part of their Research degree. Students enrolled in the Faculty of Creative Arts for example may also have additional performance, exhibition or creative project requirements. RESEARCH PROPOSAL PRESENTATION All research students are required to present a formal research proposal in their first year of candidature. The purpose of the research proposal is to demonstrate an understanding of the thesis topic and proposed methodology. HOW TO APPLY FOR A RESEARCH PROGRAM FIND A SUPERVISOR & AN ACADEMIC UNIT Your first step is to determine your preferred field of study and find the Faculty or Academic Unit that will best meet your requirements. Details of the University’s research strengths are listed below and detailed in the Faculty sections of this brochure. You are encouraged to visit the staff web pages of each Faculty to identify a potential supervisor who matches your area of research interest. www.uow.edu.au/research/clusters FIND A RESEARCH TOPIC You should contact a potential supervisor, Head of Postgraduate Studies (HPS) or Head of Academic Unit to discuss the broad plan for your research project prior to applying for admission. You will need to develop and submit with your application a clear research proposal summarising the topic/field of research you would like to pursue, including your proposed methodology and motivations for wanting to undertake this research. APPLY FOR ADMISSION The research application form can be downloaded at: www.uow.edu.au/future/apply The form provides full details of the documents you must provide including: a one-page research proposal a curriculum vitae which includes details of your previous research experience and academic prizes/awards, employment history, and a list of relevant written work and publications and details of any research experience. APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP Information on research scholarships can be found on page 8. RESEARCH DEGREES Whether you want to pursue your passion through a scholarly thesis, or identify yourself as an employee capable of thorough analysis and synthesis, UOW research degrees offer you a world of options. All research programs at UOW are fee exempt, and research students may be eligible for a scholarship or award. See page 8 for more information. DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (3 years full-time or part-time equivalent) The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) involves in-depth research that makes an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a specific discipline. Students are required to demonstrate their capability for independent research leading to the production of a written thesis of their research findings. PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATES (3 years full-time or part-time equivalent) These prepare professional leaders with research experience in their chosen area of study. Students usually undertake a thesis and approved course of study that may include specified coursework and/or practical work and/or performance. MASTERS BY RESEARCH (1–1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent) The standard duration of the Masters by Research is 1.5 years, comprising two-thirds research (48 credit points) and one-third coursework (24 credit points). Advanced standing for some or all of the coursework component may be granted to those who have completed a substantial piece of written research, for example in a Bachelor (Honours) or Masters by Coursework degree. If advanced standing is granted for the full coursework component, the duration of the Masters by Research is one year. Advanced Standing is considered when your application is assessed. Applicants will be advised of any advanced standing and the duration of the course in their offer letter. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR RESEARCH DEGREES Admission to a research degree normally requires the completion of a recognised four-year Bachelor (Honours) degree awarded at Class II, Division 2 or higher in a discipline relevant to the intended area of research. Completion of a Masters by Coursework degree containing substantial research or research methodology may also be considered. Some research courses have additional entry requirements. These are included in the Faculty course descriptions in this brochure. Applicants to a PhD may in some cases be required to commence their enrolment in the relevant Masters by Research course and then apply to transfer to the PhD if they achieve a suitable standard. Note For more information on UOW assessment rules and definitions, see www.uow.edu.au/handbook/generalcourserules RESEARCH STRENGTHS The University is identified with the following areas of research strength: Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) www.capstrans.edu.au Centre for Health Service Development chsd.uow.edu.au Centre for Medical Bioscience www.uow.edu.au/science/research/cmb Centre for Medical Radiation Physics www.uow.edu.au/eng/phys/rpg Centre for Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology www.uow.edu.au/science/research/cmcp Centre for Statistical and Survey Methodology www.math.uow.edu.au/archive/ research/cssm.shtml Engineering Manufacturing www.uow.edu.au/eng/research/manufacturing Engineering Materials Institute www.uow.edu.au/eng/research/emi GeoQuEST Research Centre www.uow.edu.au/science/eesc/geoquest Institute for Conservation Biology and Law www.uow.edu.au/science/biol/icb Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials www.uow.edu.au/eng/research/ISEM Intelligent Polymer Research Institute www.uow.edu.au/science/research/ipri ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science www.electromaterials.edu.au Oceans and Transnational Security ancors.uow.edu.au Information and Communication Technology Research Institute www.snrc.uow.edu.au OTHER EXTERNALLY-FUNDED CENTRES BlueScope Steel Metallurgy Centre www.uow.edu.au/eng/research/SI Bushfire CRC www.bushfirecrc.com CRC for Desert Knowledge www.desertknowledgecrc.com.au CRC for Rail Innovation www.railcrc.cqu.edu.au CRC for Polymers www.crcp.com.au Defence Materials Technology Centre dmtc.com.au Smart Services CRC www.smartservicescrc.com.au National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods www.nceff.com.au Details of other research centres are included in the Faculty pages of this Guide.