Regulations - Medical And Health Sciences


The Degree of Doctor of Health Sciences – DHSc

Notes:

(i) “Candidate/s” refers to candidate/s for the degree of Doctor of Health Sciences.

(ii) “Candidature” refers to a person’s status as a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Health Sciences.

(iii) “Doctoral year” refers to each block of 12 months from the initial date of programme enrolment.

(iv) Full-time and part-time enrolment are defined in the doctoral full-time and part-time enrolment policy and procedures.

(v) “Successfully complete” means to complete all requirements and submit all required work for the relevant course, course component or programme component and pass the prescribed examination.

General requirements

1 A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) is required to undertake advanced coursework and an original and coherent research project, and to present the outcome of the research project for examination as a thesis.

2 The research project must involve enquiry that is experimental and/or critical in nature and be driven by an intellectual hypothesis, position, problem or question(s) capable of being rigorously explored and of making an original and significant contribution to knowledge and/or understanding in the relevant field(s) of study.

3 The research project must be conducted under supervision and during the period of enrolment in the DHSc programme and must be conducted in accordance with the Research Code of Conduct Policy.

4 The thesis requirement at Regulation 1 must be satisfied by a cohesive written document, which shall not normally exceed 70,000 words.

5 The thesis must be undertaken and completed in accordance with the doctoral thesis policy and procedures.

6 A candidate must successfully complete a 360-point programme consisting of HLTHSCI 800-803 (the coursework component) and the thesis.

7 In order for the DHSc degree to be awarded, Regulations 6 and 50 must be satisfied, and the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate[s]) must be:

a satisfied that, subject to Regulation 46, the candidate has performed at doctoral level in an oral examination, held in accordance with Regulation 47, on the thesis, the subject of the thesis and the field(s) to which the subject belongs

and

b satisfied, by the examination process prescribed by these regulations, that the thesis:

(i) makes an original and significant contribution to knowledge or understanding in its field(s)

and

(ii) meets internationally recognised standards for such work

and

(iii) demonstrates knowledge of the literature relevant to the subject and the field(s) to which the subject belongs, and demonstrates the ability to exercise critical and analytical judgement of that literature

and

(iv) is satisfactory in its methodology, in the quality and coherence of its expression, and in its scholarly presentation and format.

Duration

8 The thesis must be submitted within a maximum of 36 months of full-time equivalent programme enrolment from the initial date of enrolment in the DHSc programme, unless a later submission date is permitted by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) in accordance with the doctoral extension of enrolment policy and procedures.

9 The thesis must not be submitted in less than 36 months of full-time equivalent programme enrolment from the initial date of enrolment in the DHSc programme, unless permission is granted by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate).

10 Permission for submission of the thesis must not be granted where a candidate has been enrolled in the thesis for less than 24 months full-time equivalent.

11 Except as approved by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) in exceptional circumstances (and subject to course availability and Regulation 12), enrolment in the coursework component must proceed on a part-time basis and be successfully completed within two years of part-time enrolment (one year of full-time equivalent enrolment) and prior to commencement of the thesis enrolment. Enrolment in the thesis may be full-time or part-time, subject to the doctoral full-time and part-time enrolment policy and procedures.

12 The coursework component must be successfully completed in order for the thesis to be submitted for examination.

13 A candidate may be permitted to suspend their enrolment subject to the doctoral suspension of enrolment policy and procedures.

Admission

14 To be admitted to the DHSc programme, applicants must satisfy the University’s Admission regulations and are required to have:

a in their most recent attempt at a relevant qualification:

(i) completed the requirements for a Bachelors Honours or Masters degree or postgraduate diploma in a relevant subject area with at least a B+ average at the University of Auckland, or the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Auckland; in all cases relevance is determined by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate)

or

(ii) completed the requirements for a qualification approved by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) as relevant, with regard to subject area, and as equivalent to a Bachelors Honours or Masters degree with at least a B+ average at the University of Auckland

and

b satisfied the requirements of the doctoral candidate research capacity policy and procedures

and

c satisfied the University of Auckland postgraduate English language requirements and any further requirements for evidence of English language proficiency set by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate)

and

d have a research project approved by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) as consistent with the requirements of Regulation 2 and capable of satisfying the requirements for the award of the DHSc degree

and

e have the approval of the Head(s) of the relevant academic unit(s) or their nominee(s) for the purposes of doctoral matters (“the Academic Head(s)”) with regard to the availability of appropriate supervision and the availability of the research resources deemed necessary by the Academic Head(s).

15 In exceptional circumstances, the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) may, subject to the doctoral exceptional circumstance entry policy and procedures, admit to the DHSc programme an applicant whose qualifications do not meet the requirements of Regulation 14a.

16 An applicant may be considered for off-campus enrolment subject to the doctoral off-campus research policy and procedures.

17 The final decision on admission to the DHSc programme shall be made by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate).

18 Admission to the DHSc programme may be rescinded prior to enrolment in the programme where information that was not available to the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) at the time the admission decision was made, and which would have resulted in a different decision being made, becomes available, or where, due to circumstances unforeseeable at the time of the decision, supervision and/or necessary resources will no longer be available for the enrolment.

19 Admission to the DHSc programme is valid for up to six months (or a maximum of 12 months in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate)) from the date of notification of admission to the programme. Where enrolment in the programme does not occur within that time, re-application for admission to the programme is required.

20 Concurrent enrolment in another programme at the University of Auckland or at another institution is not permitted except as approved by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) in exceptional circumstances.

Supervision

21 The Academic Head(s) is (are) responsible for the provision of supervision for the duration of the candidate’s enrolment.

22 The Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) will appoint at least two supervisors for each candidate in accordance with the doctoral supervision policy and procedures.

23 Changes in supervision during candidature are subject to the doctoral supervision policy and procedures and the approval of the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate), with whom the final decision as to the appointment of supervisors rests.

Enrolment and Candidature

24 Except for any period(s) of suspension approved under Regulation 13, candidates are required to be enrolled continuously from the initial date of enrolment in the DHSc programme until the date of thesis submission under Regulations 8-10.

25 Candidature for the DHSc degree commences upon enrolment in the DHSc programme and continues, regardless of any period(s) of suspension approved under Regulation 13, until the date on which any one of the following occurs:

a notification from the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) that all requirements for the award of the degree at Regulation 7 have been met;

b notification from the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) that the final decision under Regulation 49 is that the degree not be awarded;

c candidature expires under Regulation 31;

d a candidate withdraws from the programme under Regulation 51;

e candidature is terminated by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) pursuant to Regulation 52.

26 Except as approved by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) in exceptional circumstances, a candidate must complete HLTHSCI 800, 801 and 802 prior to enrolment in HLTHSCI 803.

27 Candidature is provisional until confirmed, and is subject to the doctoral confirmation of candidature policy and procedures, the doctoral continuation of confirmed candidature policy and procedures, and the doctoral candidature intervention policy and procedures.

28 The following additional confirmation milestone is required for all candidates and is subject to the confirmation of candidature policy and procedures: successful completion of the coursework component with an average result of B+ or higher.

29 a Where a candidate does not successfully complete HLTHSCI 800 or HLTHSI 801 or HLTHSCI 802, conditions on candidature pursuant to Regulation 27 may, subject to Regulation 30, include requirements to satisfactorily complete specific additional work and/or revisions.

b Where conditions are imposed in accordance with Regulation 29(a), the submission of results for the course will be deferred.

c Where any condition imposed in accordance with Regulation 29(a) is not satisfied, the candidate will have failed to successfully complete the coursework component of the programme.

30 a The provisions of Regulations 29(a) and (b) can apply to a maximum of two courses, and one time only to each course.

b For the provisions of Regulations 29(a) and (b) to be exercised, a candidate must have demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the examiner in at least one component of the assessment for the relevant course, the capacity for doctoral level work. Where the examiner is not duly satisfied, the candidate will have failed to successfully complete the coursework component of the programme.

31 a Candidature expires when the thesis is not submitted for examination by the date required under Regulation 8

b Candidature expires when the thesis is not submitted for examination by the date specified by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) pursuant to Regulation 48.

32 Where candidature has expired under Regulation 31, it may be reinstated only as the outcome of a successful application to the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) for a (retrospective) extension of enrolment, or by successful appeal under Regulation 57(b) of a decision by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) to decline an extension of enrolment (retrospective or otherwise).

33 Enrolment in the DHSc programme is not possible where candidature remains expired under Regulation 31 or where a candidate withdraws from the programme under Regulation 51.

34 Termination of candidature under Regulation 52 is also termination of enrolment in the DHSc programme for enrolled candidates.

35 Candidates who are required, pursuant to Regulation 48, to revise and resubmit their thesis for examination by the date specified by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) are required to be enrolled for the duration of the period of revision of the thesis. The maximum duration of enrolment for revision and resubmission of a thesis pursuant to Regulation 48 is 12 months full-time equivalent.

36 Candidates who wish to be absent from the University in pursuit of their research for more than one month during enrolment are subject to the doctoral off-campus research policy and procedures.

37 Candidates are subject to the Research Code of Conduct Policy and all University statutes, regulations, rules, policies and procedures relating to student conduct and obligations (academic or otherwise) for the duration of candidature.

38 Candidates may change the title of their thesis at any point prior to submission of the thesis for examination, subject to the approval of the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate).

Fees

39 All fees required by and pursuant to the Fees Statute must be paid for the duration of enrolment in the DHSc programme.

40 Tuition fees are not payable for any period during which enrolment has been suspended under Regulation 13.

41 A candidate who withdraws from the DHSc programme, or who has their candidature terminated, will receive a refund of one-twelfth of the tuition fee paid for the current doctoral year per each complete month of the period between the date of withdrawal from the programme or termination of candidature and the end of the current doctoral year.

42 Graduation is not permitted until all outstanding monies owing to the University have been paid.

Submission

43 The thesis must be submitted in accordance with the doctoral thesis submission procedures – pre examination.

Examination

44 The coursework component must be examined in accordance with the doctoral coursework policy and procedures.

45 a For each candidate, the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) will appoint two thesis examiners, at least one of whom must be based outside New Zealand, in accordance with the doctoral appointment of examiners policy and procedures.

b The thesis must be examined in accordance with the doctoral examination procedures and/or, where the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) regards it as warranted, with the doctoral examination extraordinary circumstances and posthumous award procedures.

46 Except where a candidate is exempted pursuant to the doctoral examination extraordinary circumstances and posthumous award procedures, the DHSc degree cannot be awarded where an oral examination has not taken place.

47 Where the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) determines, under the doctoral examination procedures, that a candidate will proceed to oral examination, the oral examination is to be held in accordance with the doctoral examination procedures and the doctoral oral examination procedures.

48 The Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) will consider all examination reports and recommendations made pursuant to the doctoral examination procedures and determine the outcome of the examination.

Final Decision

49 The final decision as to the award of the DHSc degree will be made by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate[s]), who may also be the decision-maker at Regulation 48.

50 The final examined and approved thesis must be submitted in accordance with the doctoral thesis submission procedures – post examination in order for the requirements of the DHSc degree to be met.

Withdrawal from Programme

51 A candidate may withdraw from the DHSc programme at any time by notifying the University in writing. Retraction of the programme withdrawal is not permitted.

Termination of Candidature

52 The Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) may terminate the candidature of any enrolled or non-enrolled candidate on any one or more of the following grounds:

a failure to meet the requirements for confirmation of candidature pursuant to Regulation 27

b failure to meet the requirements for continuation of confirmed candidature pursuant to Regulation 27

c failure to satisfy conditions imposed on candidature pursuant to Regulation 27

d failure to comply with candidature reporting requirements pursuant to Regulation 27

e failure to successfully complete the coursework component of the programme

f failure to complete or satisfactorily complete revisions to an examined thesis by the date required by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate)

g failure to comply with the doctoral thesis submission procedures – post examination

h failure to make payment of any tuition fees related to enrolment in the DHSc by the due date

Note: For the avoidance of doubt, termination of candidature pursuant to this Regulation 52 is permanent unless successfully appealed in accordance with Regulation 57(b).

53 Before the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) makes a decision as to termination of candidature pursuant to Regulation 52, the candidate will be given notice of termination proceedings and allowed fourteen calendar days to make a submission for the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) to take into account in making that decision.

54 Cancellation or prohibition of enrolment and/or candidature pursuant to any disciplinary statute of the University takes precedence over the provisions of these programme regulations.

55 a Where a candidate withdraws from the DHSc programme, or has their candidature terminated, or fails to meet the requirements for the award of the degree, admission to a new DHSc or other doctoral programme in a relevant subject at a later date will not normally be permitted.

b A person who withdraws from any relevant doctoral programme or has a relevant doctoral candidature terminated (or equivalent), or who fails to meet the requirements for the award of a relevant doctoral degree, will not normally be admitted to the DHSc.

c Relevance at (a) and (b), and equivalence at (b), are determined by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate).

Variations

56 In exceptional circumstances, the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) may approve a variation to the policies, procedures and regulations for DHSc candidature, except where variation of a national or government directive or requirement is involved.

Appeals

57 a Candidates may appeal decisions made by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) pertaining to extension and suspension of enrolment, subject to the doctoral candidature appeal procedures.

b A former candidate may appeal the decision made by the Board of Graduate Studies (or delegate) to terminate candidature or to decline an extension of enrolment, subject to the doctoral candidature appeal procedures.

58 Appeals as to extension and suspension of enrolment and termination of candidature will be determined in accordance with the doctoral candidature appeal.

59 Candidates and former candidates may appeal the outcome of a DHSc thesis examination only on the grounds that the result was materially impacted by a procedural flaw in the examination process, and subject to the doctoral examination appeal procedures.

60 Appeals as to thesis examination will be determined in accordance with the doctoral examination appeal procedures.

Dispute Resolution

61 Disputes are to be resolved according to the Resolution of Student Academic Complaints and Disputes Statute.

62 Any matter that has been, could have been or could be appealed under the provisions of Regulation 57 or 59 is precluded from consideration as a dispute under Regulation 61.

Further Provisions

63 A candidate who is unable to complete the coursework component with a B+ or higher average may apply to the Academic Head to be reassigned to a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHSc) at the time of withdrawal from the DHSc or termination of candidature, provided a candidate has not failed more than 30 points of the coursework component and has not been enrolled in the DHSc for more than one year full-time equivalent.

64 a The DHSc programme is subject to the Limited Entry Statute.

b Candidates are subject to:

(i) the Examination Regulations, the Degrees and Diplomas Statute and the Conferment of Academic Qualifications and Academic Dress Statute

and

(ii) the provisions of the Enrolment and Programme regulations pertaining to members of the security intelligence service, rescindment and surrender of qualifications and the Provost’s Special Powers.

65 The doctoral policies and procedures cited in these regulations may be reviewed and amended from time-to-time.

66 Candidates are subject to any additional doctoral policies and procedures devised in support of these regulations and amended from time-to-time.

67 These regulations may be reviewed and amended from time-to-time.

68 These regulations came into force on 1 January 2022.

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