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									                           DOCTOR OF MEDICINE
                           School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and
                           Health Sciences

*CRICOS approval pending
The following information relates to the Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Medical Science* degree
based on submission of a thesis for external examination.

Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Medical Science* by thesis submission requirements:
    • Enrolment in the degree for two years full-time or four years part-time.
    • Early submission is possible in exceptional circumstances subject to a written case
    supported by the Head of Department.
    • Undertake an independent research project under the guidance of an experienced
    research supervisor, who will normally hold an MD/DMedSc* or PhD, and an advisory
    panel.
    • Upon enrolment, candidates will be given an Expected Completion Date, normally two
    years full-time from the date of commencement or four years part-time.
    • A maximum possible length of extension for any candidate, whether full- or part-time,
    will be one calendar year (12 months) in total.
    • A maximum possible length of leave of absence for any candidate, whether full- or
    part-time, will be one calendar year (12 months) in total. Two exceptions apply:

               In the case of maternity leave, a maximum length of one year will normally
               apply.
               However, candidates may seek an extension to maternity leave for a further
               year. The total possible length of leave of absence for maternity leave is
               therefore two years, subject to a written case being presented with the
               endorsement of the supervisor and Head of Department.

               In the case of leave for health reasons, a maximum length of one year will
               normally apply. However candidates may seek an extension to leave for health
               reasons for a further year. The total possible length of leave of absence for
               health reasons is therefore two years, subject to a written case being presented
               with the endorsement of the supervisor and Head of Department.

    • Local students (Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent
    Residents) occupy a federal government subsidised place under the Research Training
    Scheme (RTS). This means that local students do not pay up-front fees.
    • International Students occupy a full-fee place. This means that international students
    will pay the international fee applicable at the time of enrolment.
    • All candidates are strongly advised to consider how they will fund their living expenses
    whilst enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Medical Science*. Scholarships are
    available from the Faculty, University and other funding bodies however many
    scholarships are not available part-time.
    • Part-time enrolment should be undertaken where candidates expect to work in their
    professional capacity more than 6 hours per week. Where their professional work directly
    supports the research projects variations may be permitted upon submission of a written
    case supported by the Head of Department.
Application procedure
Local application forms are available from the School of Medicine Research Higher Degrees
website: http://www.medicine.unimelb.edu.au/future/rhd.html

Applications should be completed and forwarded to the prospective supervisor for
assessment. Once assessed, and if approved, applications should then be forwarded to the
Head of Department through which the candidate wishes to enrol. The application and
accompanying documentation should then be forwarded for Faculty assessment to:

Manager, Research Higher Degrees
Faculty Research Unit
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Level 4, 766 Elizabeth Street, VIC 3010.

International applicants are asked to complete the international application form:
http://www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/int/ipg/index.html

Refer to the application form for further details regarding entry requirements and
documentation required.

Fees
Fees are subject to change on an annual basis.

Full or part-time local students: Research Training Scheme. Local students are defined by
the University as:
                      Australian or New Zealand citizens
           OR
                      Australian Permanent Residents.

International students: Refer to the University’s Admissions Website for detailed
information on fees and how they are calculated:
http://www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/courses/fees.html

Duration
Two years full-time or four years part-time.

Admission requirements
An approved MBBS degree or recognised equivalent of at least two years' standing.

Has been approved for admission by the Faculty.

Course details
An approved supervised program of not less than two years full-time research (or equivalent
part-time). The research program must be considered to represent a substantial contribution
to knowledge, and be relevant to the theory and practice of medicine.

Assessment
Examination of a thesis embodying the outcome of original research undertaken by the
candidate.




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Supervision
The research of each candidate will be supervised by:
     a. a full-time or fractional full-time member of the academic staff who has appropriate
     research experience and a continuing active participation in research; or
     b. a professor appointed pursuant to Statute 7.1.R2; or
     c. a professorial associate with the title of professor appointed pursuant to section 5 of
     Statute 7.1.R3; or
     d. such academic associates appointed pursuant to Statute 7.1.R3 as may be approved
     as supervisors by the Dean on the recommendation of the Head of Department; or
     e. an honorary professor appointed pursuant to Statute 7.1.R3
If appropriate, another person may be designated co-supervisor or associate supervisor. Joint
supervision may be arranged where more than one department is concerned, or in other
appropriate circumstances.

Both student and supervisor have an obligation to ensure that they confer on a regular basis
throughout the candidature. Before any prolonged absence of the supervisor, arrangements
satisfactory to the Dean must be made for the appointment of a suitable replacement supervisor.
A member of staff of the University who is enrolled as a PhD or MD/DMedSc* candidate at the
University is not permitted to supervise another candidate.

The thesis
Normally the thesis submitted for MD/DMedSc* will be between 50,000 and 80,000 words,
excluding tables, figures, bibliographies and footnotes, and pages should be consecutively
numbered. The thesis shall not exceed 100,000 words. Refer to the thesis format guidelines for
detailed information.

Where it is appropriate, an applicant for enrolment as a higher degree candidate or candidate
submitting a thesis for examination must submit evidence to the satisfaction of the Faculty that all
ethical requirements associated with the research have been approved by the appropriate body
of the institution or institutions involved. All candidates should have read and be familiar with the
University’s guidelines on responsible practices in research and research misconduct (Code of
Conduct for Research).

Enrolment policy for candidates rewriting and resubmitting thesis
All students required to rewrite their thesis for further examination will be automatically re-
enrolled for the duration of the revision process. Only in exceptional circumstances will
students be exempt from re-enrolling.

Graduation requirements for the degree of Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Medical
Science*
Candidates are required, before being admitted to the degree, to be medical graduates of not
less than two years standing, and to have devoted at least two years full-time or four years
part-time since graduating to practice and study relevant to the theory and practice of
Medicine.




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