Higher Degree Research Booklet

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Higher Degree Research Booklet




     Macquarie prides itself upon its international research reputation and its concentrations of research excellence. The University celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2004 and amongst its many achievements its long record in quality research and higher degree research training. In 2006 the University welcomed our new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steven Schwartz, who has reinforced the University??s mission ?C to be a leading research intensive university in a range of areas of international significance and benefit to Australia. As one of Australia??s premier teaching and research institutions, we are confident that your choice of research in any of Macquarie??s areas of specialisation will be an excellent one and that your time with us will be fulfilling and thoroughly worthwhile. Over the past 3 years Macquarie has performed exceptionally well under Australia??s main research grants scheme operated by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The University has achieved outstanding results in terms of success rate and number of grants especially when its relative size is taken into account. Macquarie is building on its strong foundations and aims to be acknowledged as world class in our identified concentrations of excellence. Existing research areas of strength will be built upon and enhanced. New areas of research excellence will be encouraged to expand from emerging research strengths. Additional top class researchers are being appointed to our concentrations of research excellence and support mechanisms for our researchers are being enhanced. A strategic scholarship program is being expanded to enable potential researchers of excellence to undertake their doctoral studies at Macquarie alongside our world class researchers and to attract talented postgraduate research students. Today, the proportion of postgraduate students at Macquarie is one of the highest among Australian universities. We value our higher degree research student body as a key asset to the University and recognise the vital contribution our research students make to the University and the nation. We strive to continuously improve mechanisms that positively assist postgraduate researchers to complete their programs successfully with the highest quality outcomes. The Higher Degree Research Unit offers specialised support for higher degree research (HDR) candidates. As well as looking after Australian domestic and international HDR applications and admissions, the Unit administers all higher degree research scholarships, including the extensive scholarship schemes supported directly by the University. The Dean Higher Degree Research

    has specific responsibility for framing the academic support programs and pastoral care for higher degree research candidates, including liaison with the academic Divisions and student representatives, and above all, ensuring the quality of the outcome for research students and the University. I welcome your interest in undertaking research in a higher degree research program at Macquarie University and urge you to contact our staff to investigate fully the opportunities available for you to gain an advanced research degree of the highest international standing. Jim Piper Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)







     How to Apply for Admission Admission Information Key Dates Fees Scholarships and Awards Research Candidature General Contacts Useful Services and Facilities


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     Research Degrees Doctor of Philosophy Master of Philosophy Preliminary Coursework Programs External Attendance


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     Doctor of Applied Linguistics Doctor of Professional Communication Doctor of Business Administration Doctor of Education Doctor of Psychology Combined PhD/Coursework Masters in Psychology Division of Economic and Financial Studies Macquarie Graduate School of Management Australian Centre for Educational Studies Division of Humanities Division of Law Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy Division of Environmental & Life Sciences Division of Linguistics and Psychology Division of Information and Communication Sciences


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     Division of Economic and Financial Studies Macquarie Graduate School of Management Australian Centre for Educational Studies Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy Division of Environmental & Life Sciences Division of Linguistics and Psychology Division of Information and Communication Sciences


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     Pre Application

     Prospective research candidates are urged to think about possible project areas as a first step in the application process. Applicants are requested to seek further information on the research expertise of Macquarie staff through the websites of research centres and departments. Macquarie staff are happy to discuss with intending research students possible topics for a research project. Applicants are urged to make contact with the department or centre in advance of submitting a formal application and if unsure about a research topic are advised to have a detailed discussion with a possible supervisor. Prospective students are asked to investigate a research topic and draft a proposal to accompany their formal application.


     Research Proposal

     Research proposal requirements for an application may vary according to the discipline or department or degree for example some departments indicate 3-4 typewritten pages with dot point summary of a project sent with the formal application, others require a more detailed exploration of 5-10 pages of text sent to potential supervisors for discussion in advance of application. Applicants should check what is expected for the research proposal with the department contacts. The following is offered as a guide to writing a research proposal: first - think about the project area which you wish to research, then seek out further information through a preliminary literature review, identify the objectives of the research, identify and describe a possible methodology that may be relevant to the topic, draw up a draft timeline or plan for the project, draft the proposal. Attach a copy to the formal application. The proposal should aim to answer the following questions : What research question are you aiming to answer and why are these questions important? What background readings have you done which will help your research? What data do you think will be required? What methodology may be relevant to your research? What appears to be a reasonable timeline ?C from literature review to data collection, analysis and writing up of the thesis? What resources do you think you will need for the research project? The whole process may take some weeks or some months so allow plenty of time to complete your proposal.

     Application Forms

     Once initial discussions have been held and you have identified a potential supervisor, you will need to submit an application for admission to candidature. Applicants for admission to a higher degree

    by research at Macquarie University should complete the combined candidature and scholarship form and submit the original and a copy including supporting documents. Please read the application instructions sheet carefully in order to make a successful application. Application forms are available for collection in person from the Higher Degree Research Unit. Alternatively application forms and instructions can be downloaded from the Higher Degree Research Unit website address. International student enquiries should be directed to HDRU??s International Officers at hdrint@vc.mq.edu.au. Web


     Supporting Documents

     Applications must be supported with appropriate documents which should be lodged with the completed form. Applications will not be considered until the following required documentation is received: Full original transcripts showing details of all previous tertiary studies or a photocopy signed by an authorised person to confirm that it is a true copy, must accompany applications. Transcripts are not required for previous study at Macquarie. If documents are not in English, a copy of the original document in the original language and a certified translation in English must be supplied.




     Transferring higher degree research students must supply from any previous Australian University a certified statement of previous candidature indicating the equivalent full-time period of enrolment. All students, including Australian and New Zealand citizens, must provide evidence of their citizenship. If you have humanitarian or permanent resident status in Australia you may either present your passport plus a photocopy of the relevant page or send by mail a certified photocopy of the appropriate passport entry. International students must provide certified copies of their passport showing details of their names, date of birth, nationality and country of birth. Proof of English Proficiency is required for domestic as well as international applicants whose qualifications were taken in a country where English is not the main spoken language. Academic IELTS and TOEFL are the official tests for proof of English proficiency. However, some countries will only accept academic IELTS for visa purposes. A research proposal outlining the research you intend to undertake should be submitted with the application. See suggestions for writing the proposal above.

     Application Process

     Scholarship applications are processed at the same time as an application for candidature. Advice on your application for candidature

    may be received before that of your scholarship application. Scholarship applicants must be sure to arrange for referee reports to be completed and returned to the Higher Degree Research Unit as soon as possible to avoid delays to their assessment. When application forms are received an initial assessment is made of supporting documentation and qualifications. Acknowledgement of receipt of the application and a request for further supporting documentation will be sent to applicants in cases where the documentation is incomplete and will delay your application assessment. Applications are forwarded to the relevant Department or Division only when the full supporting documentation is received. Divisions return the applications to HDRU with a recommended decision after consideration of eligibility, availability of appropriate supervisors and facilities in the Department. Applicants are notified of the outcome of the application in writing. Successful applicants are informed of enrolment and commencement arrangements when they accept an offer of candidature. NB If you present a complete application with all required documentation you should hear the outcome of your candidature application within one month.


     Admission Enquiries

     Higher Degree Research Unit The Higher Degree Research Unit is responsible for the management of all aspects of higher degree research candidature and scholarships from advice to prospective students to their admission, and progression through candidature to the final submission of their completed thesis. Contact Information Email Web Office hours Telephone Higher Degree Research Unit Cottage C4C, Macquarie University NSW 2109 Australia hdrenq@vc.mq.edu.au (Domestic students) hdrint@vc.mq.edu.au (International students)

    www.research.mq.edu.au/students 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday +61-2-9850 7987 (Domestic) +61-2-9850 7275 (International)



     Entry Requirements


     Requirements for admission to research degrees are defined in the Rules published in the Postgraduate Handbook which forms part of the University Calendar. Admission requirements are also summarised below under individual Research Degrees. English Proficiency Research students need to possess a high level of spoken and written English. Applicants from a country where English is not the main spoken language or whose academic qualifications are in another language need to provide proof of English proficiency for admission. It is not possible to waive the requirement of proof of English language proficiency

     Proof of English Proficiency The minimum requirements to be admitted

    to a postgraduate research degree for students from a country where English is not the main spoken language or whose academic qualifications are in another language are as follows: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS ?C Academic version) An overall minimum score of band 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the reading, writing, listening and spoken components. IELTS centres operate worldwide and applicants wishing to arrange an IELTS test may check the location of the closest centre at www.ielts.org Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) TOEFL ?C paper: a total score of at least 580 overall: with the following minimum scores in the components: 53 in Listening; 51 in Structure/Writing; 52 in Reading and 5.0 in TWE (The Writing Examination) TOEFL ?C computer: a total score of at least 237 overall: with the following minimum scores in the components: 19 in Listening; 19 in Structure/Writing; 19 in Reading and 5.0 in TWE (The Writing Examination). Scholarship applicants In order to meet English language proficiency requirements scholarship applicants are expected to have an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (or an equivalent overall score of 250 in the computer-based TOEFL or 600 in the paper-based TOEFL).

     English Language courses A range of intensive English courses including academic skills is available at Macquarie to prospective domestic and international research students who do not meet the approved University English requirement. Courses are offered on-campus by The National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR), which has ELICOS accreditation. Program information is available at www.nceltr.mq.edu.au/ Enquiries Tel +61-2-9850 7956/9655 Please note that for some countries ONLY IELTS will be accepted for visa purposes. International students should check with the Australian Embassy in their home country for further information.


     Please note that applications for higher degree research candidates are continuously processed throughout the year. Closing date for Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship applications First closing date for applications for domestic students to higher degree research programs commencing first half year 2007 with late November notification 31 January 2007 Late closing date for applications to research programs in first half year 2007 in time to enrol in late February and attend the Central Commencement Program 23 February 2007* Central Commencement Program on-campus for all new research candidates in first half year 26 February 2007 Academic year commences for candidates enrolled in first half year coursework units 15 April 2007 Closing date for professional doctorates in Linguistics - DAppLing and DProfComm for second half year 31 May 2007 First closing date for receipt of applications for second half year 2007 with late June notification 27 July 2007* Central Commencement Program on campus for all new research

    candidates in second half year 30 July 2007 Official commencement for candidates enrolled in second half year 2006 coursework units *Dates may be subject to change. 31 October 2006





     DOMESTIC STUDENTS The Research Training Scheme (RTS)

     The Research Training Scheme (RTS) is a government scheme which funds universities for a varying number of student places each year and allows domestic students to undertake higher degree research programs without paying fees. The RTS scheme applies to students who are Australian citizens, Permanent residents and New Zealand citizens. RTS places or exemptions to cover any feepaying liability for research candidates have been granted to all eligible Macquarie research students in recent years. Eligible research students commencing at Macquarie in 2007 will be granted RTS places in accordance with the RTS guidelines. There is no need to apply for an RTS place, as they will automatically be awarded to as many eligible students as allowed by the Federal governments allocation to Macquarie. It should be noted that these awards provide exemption only from fees for the course and do not provide a living allowance.

     Tuition Fees

     Tuition fees for domestic students are currently charged for the Doctor of Business Administration and the Doctor of Applied Linguistics programs. 2007 fees for the coursework component of the DBA are $575 per credit point for 32 cr pts and $15000 per annum for the research component. Tuition fees for the DAppLing for 2007 are $460 per credit point for the coursework units and $14400 per annum for the research component . Tuition fees are charged each half-year on the basis of the student load for the research component or the number of postgraduate credit points for the half-year for the coursework component including failed or repeated units.

     Fee Help

     A government loan program is available to assist eligible fee-paying students (including postgraduate research students) to pay their tuition fees. Students repay their loan through the Australian Taxation Office once their income is above the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment. Fee Help is available to Australian citizens or holders of a Australian permanent humanitarian visa and who meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements and have not exceeded the Fee Help limit. Students are required to enrol in approved unit(s) of study on or before the census date for the unit(s), and to have completed and submitted a Request for FEE-HELP Assistance form. An information booklet and the

    form to apply for Fee Help will be available with enrolment material. For further information consult www.goingtouni.gov.au


     All higher degree research programs for International students are fee-paying programs. International students are liable for tuition fees for higher degree research programs and pay each half year according to the approved yearly International fee rate. The fees charged will be indexed as from 2007 and are expected to rise each calendar year of enrolment. Fees are payable for the entire period for which the student is enrolled and are charged on a pro rata basis for any periods of extension of candidature. New international students, apart from scholarship holders, pay a tuition commencement fee when accepting their offer prior to arrival and enrolment at Macquarie. This fee is an advance on the first half year tuition fee. They are also required by DIMIA (Department of Immigration and Multicultural Indigeneous Affairs) to pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for their health insurance while studying in Australia under a student visa. Payment of the commencement fee and OSHC enables the University to issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for international students to apply for their final student visa. After the initial enrolment period continuing international students are charged the indexed yearly rate and are sent invoices each half year. These invoices must be paid by the census date for each enrolment period. The census dates are 7 February and 7 August.



     2007 International Fees

     International fees for 2007 are outlined below: Program Economic and Financial Studies PhD (annual fee) MPhil (annual fee) Graduate School of Management DBA - coursework component $800*/cpx32cp) research component (annual fee) PhD (annual fee) MPhil (annual fee) Australian Centre for Educational Studies Doctor of Education PhD (annual fee) MPhil (annual fee) Humanities PhD (annual fee) MPhil (annual fee) Law PhD (annual fee) MPhil (annual fee) Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy PhD (annual fee) MPhil (annual fee) Environmental and Life Sciences PhD (annual fee) MPhil (annual fee) Information and Communication Sciences PhD (annual fee) MPhil (annual fee)

     CRICOS code

     All fees are quoted in Australian dollars

     Annual Fee 2007 Approx. program fee [subject to indexation] Candidature length FEES

     021502D 056664G

     18500 18500 25600* 16000 23500 23500 18500 18500 18500 18500 18500 18500 18500 18500 18500 23500 23500 23500 23500

     74000 37000 57600 94000 47000 74000 74000 37000 74000 37000 74000 37000 74000 37000 94000 47000 94000 47000

     4 years 2 years 3 years 4 years 2 years 4 years 4 years 2 years 4 years 2 years 4 years 2 years 4 years 2 years 4 years 2 years 4 years 2 years

     027542C 037298E 056665G 003945D 037293K 056666F 001403F 056667E 037294J 056668D 037292M 056669C 001404E 056670K 037299D 056671J

     Linguistics and Psychology Doctor of Psychology (all strands (annual fee) 040616C 23500 70500 3 years PhD/Master 23200* 93700 4 years [coursework component $725*/cpx32cp) 23500** PhD/Master in Clinical Psychology 027361G 23500** 93700 4 years PhD/Master in Clinical Neuropsychology 027360J 23500** 93700 4 years PhD/Master in Organisational Psychology 027363F 23500** 93700 4 years PhD (annual fee) 037295G 23500 94000 4 years MPhil (annual fee) 056673G 23500 47000 2 years ** research component only, needs to include coursework component of $725/cpx32cp for total fee Doctor of Applied Linguistics [coursework component $600*/cpx32cp] 037290B 19200* 56200 3 years [research component (annual fee)] 18500 PhD (annual fee) 016922D 18500 74000 4 years MPhil (annual fee) 056672G 18500 37000 2 years

     Students should be aware that fees are now indexed and are expected to change from year to year. The University reserves the right to vary, without notice any information relating to fees applicable to enrolment in any course or unit of study. Visit the Higher Degree Research Unit website for up to date information about tuition fees for specific courses for both domestic and international students. Web www.research.mq.edu.au/students/





     This section provides an overview of the principal awards that are available for higher degree research study. Students are encouraged to contact higher degree research administrative staff in their area of study to enquire about awards specific to the discipline, division or department. Scholarships enquiries may be directed to the HDRU by telephone: +61-2-9850 7987 or +61-2-9850 7663; or by email: hdrschol@vc.mq.edu.au. Information and application forms for scholarships that are currently available may be found on the HDRU scholarships website: Web


     Government Awards

     The number of government awards on offer varies from year to year. In 2006, Macquarie was able to offer 29 full government awards; 2 Industry awards and 6 International tuition only awards. These highly

    competitive awards attract many applicants each year. Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) ?C Domestic Students Only These awards are for full-time study towards higher degrees by research (some parttime awards are available in special circumstances). Maximum tenure of award is 2 years for a Masters and 3 years for a PhD subject to satisfactory progress. In 2006, the full-time stipend was: $19 231 per annum, currently tax exempt; and part-time: $10 254 per annum taxable. The stipends increase by a small index annually. Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens, or have been granted Australian permanent residency status by the application closing date. To receive an offer an applicant would normally need to have at least a four-year Bachelor degree with first-class honours, in the mid to high range; or provide evidence of equivalent achievement. The closing date for applications is 31 October. Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) (APAI) ?C Domestic Students Only These awards are won by the University and an industry partner for a project in an area of common research interest. The award funds a Masters or PhD scholarship in that area. Conditions are similar to the APA, but a slightly higher stipend applies. In 2006, the full-time stipend was: $25 118 per annum, currently tax exempt; part-time: $13 715 per annum taxable. Applicants require a minimum of second-class division one honours, or to provide evidence of equivalent achievement. Students are encouraged to contact academic staff in their area of research interest to enquire about the possibility of these awards. APAI awards are normally advertised from December onwards on the HDRU website. Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) These awards aim to attract exceptional International postgraduate students to study in areas of research strength at Australian higher education institutions and to support Australia??s research efforts. Maximum tenure of award is 2 years for a Masters and 3 years for a PhD subject to satisfactory progress. The award only covers tuition fees and basic medical insurance. Applications are open to International citizens (except New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia) wanting to study full time at Macquarie University. Successful applicants are chosen on academic merit and must provide evidence of equivalent achievement to an Australian Bachelor degree with first class honours. The closing date for applications is 31 August.

     Macquarie University Awards

     Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES, domestic or iMQRES, international) These new Macquarie scholarships were introduced in June 2006 and replace the previous RAACE/iMURS scholarships scheme. The Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship scheme allocates funds to support full time candidates


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