Higher Doctorate candidate obligations and research conduct


All students of the University, including higher doctorate candidates, shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Senate, in respect both of their studies and their conduct. The Senate has the power to suspend, exclude, or expel any student deemed to have been guilty of misconduct or to impose such other penalties as may be appropriate.

Responsibilities of Higher Doctorate candidates


The higher doctorate candidate shall have primary responsibility for the direction and progress of their work and for the delivery of a thesis of an appropriate standard within the specified maximum registration period.


The responsibilities of the higher doctorate candidate shall include:

  • completing initial registration as required
  • ensuring that the thesis complies with all relevant regulations, including those on format and binding
  • submitting the thesis for examination on or before the final day of the specified maximum period of registration or the final day of an approved extension period

Academic honesty


The University’s primary functions of teaching and research involve a search for knowledge and the truthful recording of the findings of that search. Any action that is knowingly taken by the higher doctorate candidate which involves misrepresentation of the truth shall be considered as academic dishonesty and as such is an offence which the University believes should merit the application of very severe penalties.


Candidates registered for the degree of LLD, DLitt, or DSc must comply with the requirements on academic honesty as specified in Senate Regulation Nine.

Appeals and complaints


The candidate may appeal against an academic decision not to award a higher doctorate degree. Higher doctorate candidates who wish to appeal against an academic decision of this type must submit a formal academic appeal as specified in Senate Regulation Ten.


Higher doctorate candidates who are dissatisfied with any element of the higher doctorate programme must raise any concerns at the time they occur and prior to submission of the thesis for examination. The higher doctorate candidate must raise any such concerns with the Head of Department in the first instance. Higher doctorate candidates who are unable to resolve difficulties through this route may submit a formal complaint as specified in Senate Regulation Twelve.

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