Regulations - Medical And Health Sciences


The Degree of Doctor of Medicine – MD

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations, including the General Regulations for Named Doctorates and the Academic Statutes and Regulations.

Preamble

1 a A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine is required to pursue an approved programme of advanced study and research as an enrolled student of the University.

b A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine may draw upon original studies completed prior to registration that have not been submitted as part of a previous degree or diploma.

c It is expected that this programme will usually be completed within three to four years of full-time candidature. Part-time candidature may also be permitted.

d The Degree of Doctor of Medicine is awarded for a formal and systematic exposition of a coherent programme of advanced research work in any branch of medicine or medical science presented in a thesis which in the opinion of the examiners and the Board of Graduate Studies satisfies all of the following criteria:

(i) is an original contribution to any branch of medicine or medical science

and

(ii) meets internationally recognised standards for such work

and

(iii) demonstrates a knowledge of the literature relevant to the subject of the thesis, and the ability to exercise critical and analytical judgement of it

and

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

e The thesis may not, without prior permission of the Board of Graduate Studies, exceed 100,000 words in total.

f If the core of the thesis comprises a series of published or unpublished research papers and/or case studies, the candidate must be the lead or sole author of each paper or case study and must provide a contextual framework and concluding discussion. The range and focus of this material shall generally correspond with the introductory and concluding chapters of a thesis. The thesis must be presented in a consistent format, citation style and typeface.

g If the core of the thesis does not comprise a series of published or unpublished research papers and/or case studies, a candidate may still include within their thesis published or unpublished research papers and/or case studies, provided that the candidate was the lead or sole author of each paper or case study. The thesis must be presented in a consistent format, citation style and typeface.

h In the case of published or unpublished research papers and/or case studies that the candidate has contributed to but is not the sole or lead author of, the candidate may report in the thesis their contribution to the research with due reference to the original paper and/or case study. The thesis must be presented in a consistent format, citation style and typeface.

i All material which is not the original work of the author of the thesis must:

(i) be fully and appropriately attributed

or

(ii) if a substantial part of another work, only be reproduced with the written permission of the copyright owner of the other work.

j All research for the thesis is to be conducted in accordance with the University of Auckland Guidelines for the Conduct of Research.

Eligibility

2 A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine is required to have:

a (i) completed the requirements for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Auckland

or

(ii) completed the requirements for the award of a medical qualification that the Board of Graduate Studies considers to be equivalent to the prerequisite qualification specified in Regulation 2a(i) of this regulation

and

b demonstrated an ability to pursue doctoral level research in the field of medicine or medical science, as measured by the prior completion of 30 points or more of postgraduate level or equivalent research to an appropriate standard

and

c following the completion of their medical qualification, normally had at least five years of experience in medical practice or in an area considered comparable by the Board of Graduate Studies.

Admission

3 Every candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine must have applied for admission and been admitted to the University of Auckland.

Duration

4 a A candidate will normally be required to complete the requirements for the degree within not less than three full-time years and not more than four full-time years, or the part-time equivalent, from the date of registration unless permitted to do otherwise by the Board of Graduate Studies.

b A candidate who draws upon original studies completed prior to registration may, with the permission of the Board of Graduate Studies, complete the requirements for the degree in less than three years. The minimum time for completion will not be less than one full-time year or part-time equivalent.

Registration

5 a Registration and all conditions pursuant to it shall be determined in accordance with Regulation 2 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

b A minimum of four goals will normally be prescribed by the Board of Graduate Studies for completion during the period of provisional registration.

Structure and Content

6 A candidate enrolled for this degree must pass MEDSCI 896 Thesis.

Reviews of Registration

7 Reviews of registration will be made in accordance with Regulation 3 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

Changes to the Conditions of Registration

8 Changes to supervision, extensions of time, and suspension or termination of registration will be made according to Regulation 4 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

Enrolment and Fees

9 Enrolment and payment of fees will be determined according to Regulation 5 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

Submission

10 a All candidates are required to submit one copy in temporary binding and one electronic copy in pdf format of the thesis to the Graduate Centre. Copies should include the following statement to examiners on the first page:

“This thesis is for examination purposes only and is confidential to the examination process.”

b Three months prior to the expected date of submission, a candidate should notify the School of Graduate Studies in writing of their intention to submit. If the candidate has reason to believe that any person would be unsuitable to serve as an examiner of the thesis on the grounds of conflict of interest, he or she may also submit at this time the name of this person and a statement in writing as to the nature of the conflict of interest to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

c The thesis is to be accompanied by a statutory declaration, signed by the candidate, stating that the thesis is the candidate’s own work and that neither the thesis nor any part of it has been submitted or accepted for any other degree or diploma and that written permission has been obtained for any third-party copyright material reproduced in the thesis that represents a “substantial part” of the other work. The declaration should also state that the temporary-bound copy and electronic copy are identical.

d Where the thesis contains jointly authored research papers, case studies and/or any other work, published or unpublished, a Co-Authorship Form must be signed by the candidate and all the joint authors, stating the extent to which the jointly authored material is the candidate’s own work.

Where the thesis includes research reported in published or unpublished co-authored works (other than as in Regulations 1g and 1h in the PhD Statute) a Co-Authorship Form must be signed by the candidate and all the joint authors, stating the extent to which the jointly authored material is the candidate’s own work.

e The thesis is to be presented in English unless otherwise approved by the Board of Graduate Studies at the time of first registration of the candidate.

Examination

11 The examination process will follow that of Regulation 9 of the PhD Statute, except that Regulations 9a, b, c, d, e, f, g and i will not apply, and

a The Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, the Head of Department, and/or the Dean of the Faculty may nominate another person to the Board of Graduate Studies to be authorised to act in his or her place in all of the provisions of this Regulation 11 and Regulation 9 of the PhD Statute where it applies. If either the Head of Department or the Associate Dean (Postgraduate) or the Dean of the Faculty is a supervisor of the candidate, an alternate must be nominated and appointed.

b Neither the supervisors nor the candidate may communicate with the examiners regarding the examination at any stage of the examination process, except as specified in this Regulation 11 or Regulation 9 of the PhD Statute where it applies.

c Nomination of Examiners

On notification of submission or intent to submit under Regulation 10b, the Head of Department will, on the advice of the supervisor(s), nominate at least two suitably qualified persons to the Board of Graduate Studies for selection as examiners. The nominees should each hold a doctoral degree, or have equivalent expertise and experience, and be expert in the field of study which is the subject of the thesis. At least one nominee must be from outside New Zealand. The examiners may not be staff members of the University or have been involved in either the thesis research or the preparation of the thesis.

d Appointment of Examiners

The Board of Graduate Studies will consider the nominations provided by the Head of Department and any submissions made by the candidate under the provisions of Regulation 10b and will appoint two suitably qualified persons who are available to act as examiners. One examiner must be able to participate in any oral examination in person.

e Appointment of Examination Committee

The Board of Graduate Studies will appoint a Doctor of Medicine Examination Committee consisting of the Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences as Chair, the Head of Department, the Dean of Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and the Head of School of Medicine, for all Doctor of Medicine examinations.

f Examiners’ Reports

Each examiner will be provided with an electronic copy of the thesis in PDF format and, acting independently, is required to provide the Graduate Centre, within two months of receipt of the thesis, with a written report in English on the quality of the thesis according to the criteria of Regulation 1(c) of these regulations. A copy of the thesis will be provided to the Examination Committee.

g Recommendation of Examiners

The examiners will include with their reports one of the following recommendations:

(i) to award the degree.

The thesis can be passed without any further amendment or correction. Sometimes examiners may wish to include a list of suggested amendments for the candidate to use when publishing the material.

or

(ii) to award the degree after specified “minor corrections” have been made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Chair of the Doctor of Medicine Examination Committee or nominee, who may be the Main Supervisor, by a specified date.

This recommendation is made when the thesis has reached the required standard but for minor problems such as inconsistency in terminology, referencing problems, or typographical errors. When these are corrected, the thesis will meet the standard and then will be ready for permanent binding and placement in the Library.

or

(iii) (a) to award the degree after revisions have been made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Doctor of Medicine Examination Committee, by a specified date, and subject to satisfactory performance at any oral examination.

This recommendation is made when the Examiner concludes that the revisions required are not minor, but are substantive including re-analysis of data, or rewriting of chapters, or corrections of significant lapses in logic or coherence. These changes can normally be made within a 3–6 month period. The Examiner should indicate whether or not they regard an Oral Examination as appropriate.

or

(b) to award the degree after revisions have been made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Examiner by a specified date, and subject to satisfactory performance at any oral examination. The Examiner should indicate whether or not they regard an Oral Examination as appropriate.

This recommendation is made when the Examiner concludes that the revisions required are not minor, but are substantive including re-analysis of data, or rewriting of chapters, or corrections of significant lapses in logic or coherence. The nature of the revisions must be such that subject-specific knowledge is required and the Examiner wishes to see and approve the changes. These changes can normally be made within a 3–6 month period.

or

(iv) to permit the candidate to revise the thesis and resubmit it for examination on one further occasion only.

This recommendation is made when the Examiner concludes that the thesis is not yet of MD standard. It will require either further research, rewriting of specific sections, reconceptualisation, and/or reorganisation in order to reach the required MD standard. The candidate will be permitted to resubmit, normally within a 12 month period.

or

(v) not to award the degree, but refer the thesis to the appropriate authority within the University for consideration of the award of another degree.

This recommendation is made when the Examiner is of the opinion that the thesis has substantive flaws incompatible with the requirements of a MD.

or

(vi) not to award any degree.

h Recommendation of the Doctor of Medicine Examination Committee

The Doctor of Medicine Examination Committee will make a report to the Board of Graduate Studies which includes the nature and outcome of any communications with examiners and/or supervisors made under Regulation 9k (PhD Statute) and which recommends one of the following:

(i) to appoint one or more further independent examiners to report on any areas of conflict

or

(ii) to award the degree

or

(iii) to award the degree after specified “minor corrections” have been made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Doctor of Medicine Examination Committee or nominee, who may be the main supervisor, by a specified date

or

(iv) (a) to award the degree subject to revising part or parts of the thesis to the satisfaction of the Doctor of Medicine Examination Committee or nominee, who must be the Head of Department, by a specified date

or

(b) to award the degree subject to revising part or parts of the thesis to the satisfaction of the Examiner or Examiners by a specified date

or

(v) to permit the candidate to revise the thesis and resubmit it for examination on one further occasion only, but only if the candidate has not already been permitted to revise and resubmit

or

(vi) to refer the thesis to the appropriate authority within the University for consideration of the award of another degree

or

(vii) not to award the degree

or

(viii) to require the candidate to undergo an Oral Examination.

i In the case of recommendations (iv) and (v), the report must also state clearly the nature of the revisions recommended.

j Where a candidate is required to revise and resubmit the thesis before any oral examination, Regulation 9r of the PhD Statute will apply, except that the examiners shall examine the revised thesis as a whole in accordance with Regulation 11g of these regulations rather than Regulation 9g of the PhD Statute, excepting that a further resubmission may not be recommended, and that the recommendations available to the Examination Committee at Regulation 9r(vii) of the PhD Statute are replaced by those detailed at Regulation 11h of these regulations.

k Oral Examination

(i) An Oral Examination will be held only on the recommendation of the Doctor of Medicine Examination Committee or as required by the Board of Graduate Studies.

(ii) An oral examination will only be held where there is a reasonable doubt regarding the adequacy of the thesis and/or the appropriate recommendation and where, in the opinion of the Committee or of the Board of Graduate Studies, an oral examination is the most appropriate way of addressing those doubts.

(iii) Should an oral examination be required, the Board of Graduate Studies will appoint a Head of Department Nominee in accordance with Regulation 9e of the PhD Statute, and the Oral Examination and the remainder of the examination process will proceed as per Regulation 9n to 9t of the PhD Statute, except that:

a) Where a candidate has previously revised and resubmitted their thesis in accordance with Regulation 11h(v) of the Doctor of Medicine regulations no subsequent revision and resubmission is permitted.

b) Where an oral examination results in the candidate being required to revise and resubmit the thesis:

(i) the examiners shall examine the revised thesis as a whole in accordance with Regulation 11g of the Doctor of Medicine regulations rather than Regulation 9g of the PhD Statute, excepting that a further revision and resubmission may not be recommended

and

(ii) the composition of the Examination Committee for the revised and resubmitted thesis at Regulation 9s(vii) of the PhD Statute shall revert to that of the Doctor of Medicine Examination Committee appointed in accordance with Regulation 11e of the Doctor of Medicine regulations but include, where that person is not already included, the Head of Department Nominee appointed in accordance with Regulation 9e of the PhD Statute

and

(iii) The recommendations available to the Examination Committee at Regulation 9s(vii) of the PhD Statute after consideration of the examiners’ reports for the revised and resubmitted thesis shall be replaced by those detailed at Regulation 11h of the Doctor of Medicine regulations.

l Copies for Deposit

(i) On successful completion of the examination, candidates will be required to deposit two hardbound copies of the thesis and one digital copy, corrected as may be required, with the Graduate Centre. The degree will not be conferred until the candidate has complied with this requirement.

(ii) When two hardbound copies and a digital copy of the thesis are deposited, these must be accompanied by a statutory declaration signed by the candidate stating that the hardbound copies and the digital copy are the same.

g (i) The digital thesis deposited shall be formatted as specified in the Guidelines for Formatting a Digital Thesis.

(ii) A thesis which is deposited in digital form will be accessible through the University’s digital repository, unless embargoed under Regulation 25 of the Examination Regulations.

Variations

12 In exceptional circumstances the Board of Graduate Studies may approve a programme which does not conform to these regulations.

Appeals

13 Appeals regarding the examination process or decisions of the Board of Graduate Studies must be made according to Regulation 6 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

Dispute Resolution Procedures

14 Disputes are to be resolved according to Regulation 7 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

Transitional Arrangements

15 a These regulations came into force on 1 January 2016. The 2009 regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine were thereby repealed.

b For candidates initially registered under earlier regulations for this degree the Board of Graduate Studies may agree to vary the application of the provisions of these regulations to ensure consistency with the provisions of the regulations under which the candidate was enrolled where it is satisfied that the candidate would otherwise be at a disadvantage.

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