Research Higher Degree Thesis
In understanding this guideline it is useful to know also that Griffith University has adopted a definition of a "thesis" as "a report on a scholarly project based on or manifested in rigorous experimental, theoretical, creative, empirical and/or design inquiry".
In the context of the Professional Doctorate Policy, a "thesis" is defined as "the written component that addresses the theoretical and conceptual issues inherent in the research".
The preparation of a thesis is the outcome of a research project, carried out over a number of years under supervision. Students should familiarise themselves with the degree program definition that will be used in the assessment of their thesis.
Doctor of Philosophy
- The Research Higher Degree Policy states that the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded on the basis of a thesis prepared under supervision that makes an original, significant and extensive contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant field of study, as judged by independent experts applying accepted contemporary international standards.
Master of Philosophy
- The Research Higher Degree Policy states that the degree of Master of Philosophy is awarded on the basis of a thesis prepared under supervision that presents the results of original research in a scholarly form, demonstrating the student's knowledge of the research topic and the discipline/s it embraces, as judged by independent experts applying contemporary international standards.
The Professional Doctorate Policy states that a professional doctorate degree will be awarded for an integrated program of professional and research work that contributes to the generation of new knowledge and/or conceptual advances.
Together, these policy provisions help to shape the kind of product that should be the outcome of Doctoral/ MPhil research, and the standard of achievement that is expected.