Terminology explained

A

Absent Without Leave (AWOL)

This status means the candidate has not submitted an Annual Progress Report by the due date and he/she has not applied to the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee for Leave of Absence.

Academic Status

All students commence their course with an academic status of Good Standing. However, less than satisfactory academic performance will result in a review of the status to either Conditional or Terminated.

  • Good standing: This academic status means the candidate is achieving satisfactory course progress and is permitted to continue in the course.
  • Conditional status: This academic status means the candidate is at risk of not achieving satisfactory course progress but is permitted to continue in the course under such conditions as may be determined by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee.
  • Terminated: This academic status means the candidate has not achieved satisfactory course progress and is terminated from the course. The candidate is not permitted to continue in the course without approval from the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee and the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training.

Admission (ADM)

The process of verification that an applicant has the qualifications and academic background appropriate for enrolment into the University and the desired degree. These are defined in the Rules for Doctoral and Master Degrees by Research. For International students, extra criteria relating to visa and fee requirements will be involved. The process of admission concludes with the University making an Offer of Enrolment.

Annual Progress Reports (APR)

A report on the progress of a research project, due during the month of March. Students enrolled as at 31 December of the previous year and their respective supervisors must complete a report. Learn more about APRs.

Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training

The Chairperson of the University Graduate Studies Committee, which has the University-wide responsibility for research students.

C

Candidacy

The process in which enrolled candidates undertaking a higher degree by research have their research program, supervisory arrangements and on-going progress approved by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee in accordance with the Rules for Doctoral and Master Degrees by Research.

Confirmed candidature

Enrolment in the higher degree by research program following approval of candidacy.

Coursework

An individual unit, or a program of study which may include a project, and may form part of a doctoral or masters research degree.

D

Doctoral research degree

This involves an approved research program which may include advanced level coursework studies (not more than one third) and a doctoral level research program leading to a thesis (at least two-thirds). The program requires a minimum of two years full-time study, or equivalent, beyond a relevant bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours (or its equivalent), or a master degree.

Doctoral coursework degree

This involves an approved program of advanced level coursework studies and a doctoral level research project.

Domestic student

Any student who is an Australian citizen, Australian dual citizen, permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen studying in Australia is a domestic student.

E

Enrolment (ENR)

The process whereby an applicant who is judged to have met admission criteria then fulfills the current fee and other University requirements and is officially registered as a student of the University within a particular program of study.

Exegesis

The introductory and review section of the thesis is known as an exegesis. The exegesis is a small, stand-alone overview which presents the explanation of the submitted work and/or a description of the linkages between the works.

F

Faculty Graduate Studies Committee (FGSC)

The Faculty Committee responsible for the admission, enrolment, candidature and examination of higher degree by research candidates and which makes recommendations to the University Graduate Studies Committee during the period of the candidate’s enrolment.

Graduate Studies Officer (GSO)

The generic term given to staff responsible for the majority of administrative tasks associated with higher degree by research students.

H

Head of Enrolling Area (HoEA)

The Head of an area that is permitted to enrol higher degree by research students. View the Guidelines for Heads of Enrolling Area.

I

Interim Thesis Committee

A committee of supervisors appointed by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee at the time of approval of admission to the program and comprises at least an Interim Chairperson and an Interim Supervisor. (Also see “Thesis Committee Members“.)

International Sponsored Student Reports (ISSR)

A report on the progress of an international sponsored student’s research project, due during the month of August. Students enrolled as at 30 June of the reporting year and their respective supervisors must complete a report.

International student

Any student who is not considered domestic. They will be required to hold a student visa to study in Australia or be located offshore.

Intellectual Property (IP)

The term describes an idea for an invention, design or artistic work, to which the creator or author has exclusive rights.

L

Leave of absence (LOA)

A formally approved break in candidature which does not count against the minimum and maximum duration of study.

M

Master degree

This involves an approved research program which may include advanced level coursework studies (not more than one third) and a master level research program leading to a thesis (at least two-thirds). The program requires a minimum of one year full-time study, or equivalent, beyond a relevant bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours (or its equivalent), or a postgraduate diploma.

O

OASIS

Curtin’s online portal for students. Students agree upon enrolment to access OASIS at least once per week.

Overtime (OT)

The term used to identify a candidate who is enrolled but has not submitted a thesis within the prescribed time limits as determined in the Rules for Doctoral and Master Degrees by Research.

P

Postgraduate Coordinator

A generic term referring to the member of staff in an Enrolling Area nominated by the Head to assist with the general support of postgraduate research students as directed. A Postgraduate Coordinator may provide a variety of services for the Enrolling Area. View the Guidelines for Postgraduate Coordinators.

Provisional candidature

Enrolment in the higher degree by research prior to approval of candidacy.

R

Research Term (RT)

A period of enrolment for research students. Research Term One runs from 1 January to 30 June. Research Term Two runs from 1 July to 31 December.

Rules

The legislative documents that govern higher degrees by research and coursework.

S

Subsumption

This term refers to the method in which coursework unit EFTSL (Effective Full-time Student Load) is included within the thesis EFTSL to ensure a student maintains a full or part time load (0.25 or 0.5 EFTSL) in each Enrolment Period without requiring manual readjustment.

T

Thesis

The formal and substantial report of the research program and its outcome, which was investigated under supervision, and which is presented in a format, and examined, in accordance with the Rules for Doctoral and Master Degrees by Research.

Thesis Committee

A supervisory committee formally appointed by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee at the time of approval of candidacy and associated with a specific candidate as defined in the Rules. It comprises at least three persons including a Chairperson, Supervisor and one or more Associate Supervisors or a Co-supervisor or a combination of both. (Also see “Thesis Committee Members“.)

Thesis Examining Panel

The panel that is appointed prior to submission of the thesis:

  • For doctoral students the panel comprises the Chairperson of the Thesis Committee (ex officio) acting as Chair, and two examiners both of whom shall be external to the University. Persons who are external to the University will not hold or have held an employment contract with the University within three months of nomination as an examiner or at any time during the examination process, nor will they be an Emeritus Professor of the University.
  • For master students the panel comprises the Chairperson of the Thesis Committee (ex officio) acting as Chair, and two examiners at least one of whom is external to the University. An internal examiner must be external to the Enrolling Area in which the candidate is enrolled.

U

Under examination (UX)

This is the status held by the candidate following submission of the thesis and prior to determination of the classification of the thesis by the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training.

University Graduate Studies Committee (UGSC)

A standing committee of the Academic Board, chaired by the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training, which deals with the creation and revision of higher degree by research policies, rules and procedures, and which aims to ensure University-wide maintenance of high standards in research degrees.