Doctor of Philosophy
This degree is by thesis only, and should demonstrate an ability on the part of the student to carry out research that shows originality and makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the subject of choice. Some of the work should be worthy of publication. Such research ought to take around three years of full-time study.
University regulations state that a candidate interested in undertaking a PhD will normally possess either, a Bachelor's degree with a first or upper second class honours or equivalent; or, a Master's degree; or, appropriate research experience. Te Tumu (see Postgraduate Studies Handbook) requires candidates to have completed a Master's degree with a high B+, or in exceptional circumstances have completed a BA(Hons), first class or its equivalent (e.g. DipArts with Distinction).
The Dean must also be satisfied that the candidate's training and ability are adequate for an advanced course of study and that appropriate supervision is available.Enrolment in this degree is provisional for the first year, meaning an assessment is made with regard to the student's progress prior to the University confirming the course. This procedure emphasises the weight attached to this degree by the University.
This degree is interdivisional, meaning that it is approved by the University rather than the Humanities Division, within which Te Tumu is located. The thesis is more extensive totalling a maximum of 100,000 words, excluding notes. Supervision is again undertaken by staff within Te Tumu.
Further information about the Doctor of Philosophy Degree is available on the University website at http://www.otago.ac.nz/courses/qualifications/phd.html
A downloadable version of Te Tumu's Postgraduate Handbook can be accessed by clicking on the following: Te Tumu Postgraduate Handbook 2011