Higher Doctorates

POLICY NO: RES-16.5

DATE OF APPROVAL: 1 March 1993

AMENDMENTS: Registrar July 1995; Registrar August 1998; Registrar November 1999; Academic Board June 2002; Academic Board July 2014

REFERENCE AUTHORITY: Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Research and Innovation)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
Doctoral Degrees By Research Policy (RES-10)
Academic Regulations
Higher Doctorates (RES-16) Procedures

Policy

1. Preamble

Higher Doctorates are the highest qualification awarded by the University. They are awarded to candidates who are judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge. The level of attainment required for a Higher Doctorate is substantially higher than what is required for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

2. The Degrees

The University may award the following Higher Doctorates:

  1. Doctor of Science (DSc)
  2. Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
  3. Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  4. Doctor of Engineering (DEng)
  5. Doctor of Visual Arts (DVA)

3. Eligibility

A candidate must normally hold a PhD or Research Doctorate and be a:

  1. Graduate of the University of South Australia of at least 8 years’ standing; or
  2. Graduate of one of the University of South Australia’s antecedent organisations; or
  3. Graduate of a recognised university of at least 8 years’ standing and a staff member of the University of South Australia for at least 4 years; or
  4. Graduate of a recognised university of at least 8 years’ standing and have a close research association with the University of South Australia for at least 4 years.

4. Award Criteria

The candidate must have a sustained, consistent and substantial contribution to the advancement of knowledge, over a number of years, as demonstrated via a substantial body of published work or held significant solo exhibitions in public galleries (for visual arts only).

The published work or solo exhibitions must have added new significant knowledge to the field in question; or have led to major innovations or contributions to society; or have extended the development of knowledge by others.

The work must be of international importance and the candidate must have gained international distinction as an authority in the field.

5. This policy shall be administered as per University procedures.

6. The candidate shall pay the required fees, which are determined annually by the University.