Examiners are asked to respond to the following questions about the quality of a thesis:

Doctor of Philosophy

  1. Does the thesis make an original and significant contribution to knowledge and understanding of the field of study with which it is concerned?
  2. Is the standard of literary presentation in the thesis satisfactory?
  3. Is the methodology applied in the candidate's research effective and appropriate for the thesis topic and the degree sought?
  4. Does the thesis reflect competence in the survey of literature and documentation of statements
  5. Is the thesis suitable for publication as a book or in a learned journal -
    • 5.1 in the form submitted?
    • 5.2 with modifications?

Master of Philosophy

  1. Does the thesis contribute significantly or substantially to the knowledge of the topic with which it is concerned?
  2. Is the standard of literary presentation in the thesis satisfactory?
  3. Is the methodology applied in the candidate's research effective and appropriate for the thesis topic and the degree sought?
  4. Does the thesis reflect competence in the survey of literature and documentation of statements
  5. Is the thesis suitable for publication as a book or in a learned journal -
    • 5.1 in the form submitted?
    • 5.2 with modifications?

Doctor of Visual Arts

Examiners are asked to comment on whether the written research demonstrates

  1. Inquiry into a clearly articulated question relevant to the candidate's field of studio practice?
  2. A comprehensive critical discussion of literature pertaining to its topic?
  3. Clear and appropriate methods for obtaining, evaluating, analysing, and interpreting data?
  4. A rigorously substantiated argument?
  5. A potentially useful contribution to knowledge in its field?
  6. A standard of writing, organisation, documentation, and presentation appropriate for this level of scholarship?
  7. Whether the research is suitable for publication in a public gallery or as a book in a learned journal, either in the form submitted or with modifications?

Examiners are asked to comment on the studio research in the following terms:

  1. Does the content, form, or technique of studio work demonstrate significant innovation within its genre of practice?
  2. Is the work significantly relevant to its social context and to other visual discourse?
  3. Has the candidate's studio process rigorously incorporated inquiry, critical analysis, and experiment?
  4. Can the work effectively engage an intended audience?
  5. Does the execution and presentation of the studio project demonstrate an appropriate level of professional accomplishment?