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1 The ins and outs of PhD Professor Acram Taji

2 What Will I Cover? Some background Features of QUT research Minimum entry requirements for PhD How to apply Finding a supervisor How to write a research proposal Models of study Joint PhD Milestones in PhD journey Quality assurance Funding models Scholarships

3 QUT’s two campuses are located in Brisbane QUT Campuses

4 Interdisciplinary approach to research through renowned Institutes, Cooperative Research Centres and Centres of Excellence The Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation The Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation The Institute for Future Environments

5 Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) Hub of activities for more than 200 researchers from science, bio-engineering, health and biotechnology With research in five main domains: Cells and tissue Human health and wellbeing Injury prevention and rehabilitation Medical devices Vision improvements QUT’s research flagship the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

6 Institute for Future Environments An exciting new institute bringing together leading QUT experts in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to deliver research programs covering: sustainable infrastructure sustainable environment information and communication technologies enabling technologies related to sustainability

7 Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation (ICI) ICI is a global hub for excellence in creative innovation, innovation policy, and creative human capital ICI combines researchers and doctoral students from Creative Industries, Business, and Education in ground breaking research and commercialisation ventures

8 A AUD$250 million Science and Engineering Centre at the Gardens Point campus focussing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in a world-leading model. The theme of research is sustainable and secure infrastructure in key areas of national interest such as: Climate change Infrastructure Food, water and energy security Investing in STEM Teaching and Research

9 Research Strengths of Faculties Science and Engineering Centre

10 Faculties at QUT Six Faculties Business Creative Industries Education Health Law Science and Engineering

11 Business Research Strengths: Advertising & Communication Applied Econometrics Behavioural and Health Economics Consumer Behaviour Entrepreneurship Infrastructure Management Philanthropy and Non-profit studies Services Innovation Wealth Management and Financial Literacy

12 Creative writing and literary studies Film and television, Dance Architecture Industrial Design Interior Design Landscape Architecture Urban Design Visual and interactive design Fashion Creative Industries

13 Education Research Strengths: Early years Mathematics education and curriculum Literacies, curriculum and pedagogies Learning for professional futures

14 Health Cancer Chronic Disease, Supportive and Palliative Care Environmental Health Equity and Health Exercise, Nutrition and Metabolism Health Services Infectious Diseases Injury Prevention Mental Health and Wellbeing Musculoskeletal Disease Vision Improvement Wound and Tissue Restoration

15 Law Research Strengths: Property and Environment Credit Commercial and Consumer Law E-business and E-government Human Rights & Governance Intellectual Property: Knowledge Culture and Economy Health Law Criminal Justice Scholarship of Higher Education

16 Science & Engineering Airports and Aviation Complex Urban Systems Design (CUSD) Energy Orthopedics and Trauma Smart Transport Systems Environment Food Information Security

17 Minimum Entry Requirements to PhD A Masters degree with minimum 25% research of the total degree A GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale or equivalent standing as certified by the relevant faculty Coursework Masters with no research component are not considered adequate for admission to the PhD program unless additional level of research experience and potential which is deemed acceptable to the faculty and approved by the Research Degrees Committee (e.g. journal publications) English proficiency- e.g. IELTS 6.5 with no sub-band less than 6.0

18 How to Apply A complete application will include the following: Research proposal Certified/notarised award certificate and academic transcripts in the original language as well as the English translation. Curriculum vitae (CV) which includes evidence of your research experience. Referee reports in English Proof of English language proficiency

19 Finding a Supervisor Important to pick supervisor rather than University or Faculty Previously known to you- for example s/he was your Honours supervisor Via literature Met at a conference Introduced by a colleague Via universities’ websites. E.g. QUT’s Staff Profiles Check the credential of supervisors: Does their field of research aligns with yours How many students are they supervising at present Too many? Not many? How many students have completed in their lab? Average length of time taken to PhD completion for their students?

20 How to Write a Research Proposal About 500 words. Your proposal should be presented under headings that provide the following information: Proposed title of the study Purpose of the proposed study Brief relevant background literature Research questions or hypotheses Brief research methodology including ethical consideration Significance of the research Resources required for the research Bibliography This proposal normally is developed in collaboration with a prospective supervisor.

21 The Critical Ps Proposal must be doable within the designated timeframe Purpose- must be clear Plan- must be robust Procrastination- to be avoided Perfect work- is a dream rather than reality

22 Models of Study Full-time on campus- Majority of our international HDR students enrolled in this mode- our preferred model Full-time external- Few students Part-time on campus- Not many due to government limitations Part-time external- mostly domestic students Blended model Joint PhD

23 Overview of Joint PhD Requirements Simultaneous enrolment at QUT and at one of our partner universities One thesis for recognition by both universities Minimum one year of candidature must be spent at each university Students must meet the admission requirements for both universities Must meet mutual institutional requirements An existing Memorandum of Understanding/ International Cooperation Agreement must be in place before proceeding All QUT policies as applies to PhD must be adhered to Five yearly review of the agreement Part C (specific student data) must be agreed upon before student commencing

24 Overarching Agreement General Principles Candidate must be admitted separately by QUT and the partner institution English language requirements IELTS TOFEL Others as approved by Research Degrees Committee Duration of joint PhD- standard 3 to 4 years (based on AQF) Residency- Total period at each institution is one year- can be broken to small bits Enrolment- Minimum entry requirements acceptable to each institution Supervision- Minimum one supervisor in each institution. Inclusion of industry supervisors is permissible as per regular PhD

25 General Principles- continue……… Periodic evaluation- as per course rules of each institution e.g. APR at QUT Thesis One single thesis written in English The statement of original authorship must refer to the joint PhD framework Examination Harmonisation of thesis examination is detailed in the Joint PhD agreement Grading May be required by partner institution Award of the degree The degree certificate/testamur of each institution must attest to the joint framework under which the student completed the joint PhD program

26 QUT’s Testamur having fulfilled all the conditions of a joint program prescribed by the Queensland University of Technology and the in has been admitted to the degree of” Doctor of Philosophy Ms Shard Lorenzo Registrar Professor Peter Coaldrake Vice-chancellor Mr Timothy Fairfax Chancellor QUT Seal Conferral date and student ID

27 General Principles- continue……… IP issues The protection of the thesis content ………. will be subject to the regulations of both Institutions (as per article 14 of joint PhD agreement) If required specific agreements will be arranged Administration matters Each Institution shall designate one individual to fulfil the responsibilities of Coordinator of the Joint PhDs in order to facilitate student exchanges under the terms of this agreement. Office of DIGR at QUT (as per Article 15 of the joint PhD agreement) Tuition fees Student be supported by a scholarship, stipend or grant QUT may grant a tuition fee scholarship subject to satisfactory progress Health insurance & protection measure as per Article 17 and consistent with the requirements for any international student Disagreement and Dispute Infrastructure support

28 Milestones in PhD Journey Commencement Stage 2 Confirmation of Candidature Annual Progress Report Final Seminar Thesis lodgement Publishing high quality articles along the way

29 Quality Assurance QUT has a robust quality assurance system in place during all stages of PhD journey: Selection of students Accreditation of supervisors Oversight of progression including periods of under review if required Thesis examination including selection of high quality international examiners QUT is accredited by Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). This agency regulates and assures the quality of Australia’s higher education sector: Compliance assessment Quality assessment

30 Funding Models Full scholarships provided by QUT- e.g. IPRS, QUTPRA Full scholarships provided by students’ home government or institution Living stipend provided by institutions (private or public) overseas and tuition fee sponsored by QUT- cohort based Fully private students- tuition fee and living stipend paid by students For Joint PhDs tuition fee is normally waived by QUT. Living stipend need to be sponsored either by home university or by Supervisor/School/ Faculty or combination from QUT and partner university

31 Scholarships for International HDR students IPRS- International Postgraduate Research Scholarships QUTPRA- QUT Postgraduate Research Awards Tuition Fee- Living stipend is required (Supervisor, School, Faculty or a Company or organisation)- Examples: CSC, CMRU Excellence Top-Up Scholarships Vice Chancellor Deputy Vice-Chancellor Faculties Institutes Others AusAID CRCs

32 Criteria for receiving a full scholarship? Research qualifications Bachelor degrees with First Class Honours Research Master degrees Coursework Master degrees longer than 3 semesters with one year designated to high level research GPA of the last degree earned more than 2.70 out of 3 (i.e. equivalent to 90%) Area of proposed research aligned with key research areas of QUT Availability of facilities and equipment Accredited supervisors available to supervise the project

33 Steps in higher degree by research HDR ApplicationAdmissionProgressionRetentionCompletionGraduationAlumni

34 Sri Lanka Ministry of Higher Education in Sri Lanka The University Grants Commission (UGC) Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology

35 Thanks for your attention Professor (Mrs) Acram Taji Queensland University of Technology GPO Box 2434 Brisbane, Qld., 4001, AUSTRALIA Phone: CRICOS No J


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