Rule 4 Rules of Graduate Research
The definitive version of Rule 4 is here. The Rule is replicated below with links to relevant policies and procedures. Hover the mouse over dotted underlined words for the definition of that word or see the full Definitions list.
1.1 These rules come into operation on 1 January 2012.
1.2 These rules replace Rule 4 (Rules of Graduate Research) made by Academic Senate on 15 September 2006 and Rule 5 (Registration of Graduate Research Supervisors) made by Academic Senate on 16 September 2006.
3.1 The Table sets out the approved abbreviation for each Degree.
|Doctor of Philosophy
|Doctor of Business Administration
|Doctor of Education
|Doctor of Health
|Doctor of Psychology
|Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
|Masters Degrees (Research)
|Master of Agricultural Science
|Master of Applied Science in Aquaculture
|Master of Applied Science (Fisheries)
|Master of Architecture
|Master of Arts
|Master of Arts in Cognitive Science
|Master of Biomedical Science (Research)
|Master of Commerce
|Master of Design
|Master of Economics
|Master of Education (Research)
|Master of Engineering Science
|Master of Environmental Studies
|Master of Fine Arts (Research)
|Master of Laws
|Master of Medical Science
|Master of Music
|Master of Nursing
|Master of Pharmacy
|Master of Philosophy (AMC)
|Master of Science
|Master of Science in Exploration Geoscience
|Master of Social Work
|Master of Spatial Information Science
|Master of Surveying
4.1 A Degree is awarded by the University on the basis of research that:
(a) embodies an independent, supervised and significant contribution to knowledge; and
(b) involves the application of a specialised body of knowledge to a range of research contexts, professional practice and/or as a pathway to further learning.
4.2 A Degree will be awarded by the University based on the outcome of examination of a Candidate’s Thesis in accordance with these rules.
The Dean may admit to Candidature for a Doctoral Degree a person who:
(a) has been awarded a degree from a Recognised Tertiary Institution considered by the Dean (taking into account the guidelines referred to in the Procedures) as being a degree in the appropriate discipline and equivalent to:
(i) a Bachelor Honours degree of at least second class upper standard with a Minimum Research Component; or
(ii) a Masters degree with a Minimum Research Component; or
(b) has substantial experience in a sector related to the proposed Research Project and who satisfies the Dean of their fitness to undertake research on the basis of the standard of achievement in, and the relevance of, previous higher education studies, and professional experience and/or published research work; or
(c) has completed no more than 75 per cent of a higher degree by research in the form of a Masters Degree (Research) and the Dean is satisfied that a substantial piece of the person’s written work undertaken in the Masters Degree (Research) has been externally and independently assessed to demonstrate fitness to undertake research at a doctoral level.
The Dean may admit to Candidature for a Masters Degree (Research) a person who:
(a) has been awarded a degree from a Recognised Tertiary Institution considered by the Dean (taking into account the guidelines referred to in the Procedures) as being a degree in the appropriate discipline and equivalent to:
(i) a Bachelor Honours degree of at least second class lower standard with a Minimum Research Component; or
(ii) a Masters degree with a Minimum Research Component; or
(b) has substantial experience in a sector related to the proposed Research Project and who satisfies the Dean of their fitness to undertake research on the basis of the standard of achievement in, and the relevance of, previous higher education studies, and professional experience and/or published research work.
7.1 An application for admission to Candidature must be made to the Head of School in the form prescribed in the Procedures and must include a summary of the Research Project prepared in consultation with the proposed Primary Supervisor.
7.2 The Head of School must consider applications and must not recommend that the Dean admits an applicant unless:
(a) the applicant’s qualifications satisfy clause 5 or 6 of these rules;
(b) the Head of School is of the view that:
(i) a Thesis on the proposed Research Project will satisfy the requirements in clause 4.1 of these rules;
(ii) the School has adequate physical, financial and supervisory resources necessary to enable the applicant to complete Candidature.
7.3 The Dean may approve or reject an application for admission to Candidature.
7.4 Where the Dean approves an application for admission, the Dean will send a letter of offer of Candidature to the applicant, which may include conditions of Candidature.
7.5 A Candidate must, during their Candidature, comply with any conditions contained in the Dean’s letter of offer of Candidature or otherwise imposed by the Dean throughout the course of Candidature.
8.1 An applicant who accepts the Dean’s offer in writing within the time period stipulated in the letter of offer will be enrolled as a Candidate.
8.2 A person who accepts an offer of Candidature under clause 8.1 of these rules must identify a Commencement Date in their letter of acceptance, which must fall before the deadline for commencement stipulated in the Dean’s letter of offer.
8.3 The Commencement Date identified in the Candidate’s letter of offer may only be deferred by the Dean approving a written application from the Candidate for deferment.
8.4 Failure to commence Candidature within the time required under clause 8.2 or clause 8.3 of these rules will result in the applicant forfeiting their Candidature.
8.5 Doctor of Philosophy Candidates will be automatically enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Research concurrently with enrolment in the Degree.
8.6 Doctoral Degree (Professional) Candidates must enrol in the coursework units embedded in their Degree.
8.7 Masters Degree (Research) Candidates must enrol in a minimum of two units of the Graduate Certificate in Research concurrently with enrolment in the Degree, as specified in the Procedures.
8.8 The Dean may determine that a Candidate is wholly or partially exempt from the requirements outlined in 8.5 to 8.7 as a result of the Candidate’s previous qualifications, experience or the specific requirements of the Degree for which they are enrolled, in which case the exemption will be specified in the Dean’s letter of offer.
8.9 A Candidate may convert a Full Time enrolment to Part Time enrolment or vice versa where:
(a) the Candidate makes a written application to the Graduate Research Coordinator for conversion;
(b) the Graduate Research Coordinator supports the application having formed the view that:
(i) the School will have sufficient resources to facilitate completion of Candidature with respect to supervision, funding and access to relevant facilities;
(ii) any Thesis submitted by the revised expiry of the Maximum Degree Period will still form a supervised, independent and significant contribution to knowledge; and
(c) the Dean approves the application.
8.10 Enrolment automatically terminates where Candidature is terminated under clause 13 of these rules, a Candidate withdraws from Candidature or where examination outcomes are finalised and any internal appeals of those outcomes have been exhausted.
9.1 The Maximum Degree Period begins on the Commencement Date.
9.2 The Dean may, in exceptional circumstances, approve a period of extension beyond the expiry date of the original Maximum Degree Period not exceeding one eighth of the Maximum Degree Period in order to allow the Candidate to submit their Thesis within the extended period provided that:
(a) adequate supervision for the period of extension is available; and
(b) the Graduate Research Coordinator agrees to monitor the Candidate’s progress in accordance with the Procedures.
9.3 Maximum Degree Periods may be varied by the Board for a particular Degree from time to time and where this occurs the variation will be noted in the Procedures.
9.4 Applications for extensions of the Maximum Degree Period must be made prior to the expiry of that period except where an extension is required under clause 16.11 of these rules to allow revision and resubmission of the Thesis.
10.1 A Candidate will be required to undergo an initial review of progress as and when prescribed in the Procedures and thereafter annual reviews of progress, undertaken by the Supervisory Team and the Graduate Research Coordinator, to assess whether the Candidate has:
(a) complied with these rules and the Procedures;
(b) achieved Satisfactory Academic Performance;
(c) complied with the applicable requirements in clauses 8.5 to 8.7; and
(d) satisfied any enrolment conditions imposed under clause 7.5 of these rules.
10.2 Following each review of progress, the Graduate Research Coordinator will prepare a report for the Dean relating to the matters in clause 10.1 of these rules and recommending any new enrolment conditions to the Dean.
10.3 In relation to the first review of progress, the Dean will consider whether Confirmation of Candidature is to be granted taking into account the requirements specified in clause 10.1 of these rules.
10.4 Where the Dean determines that Confirmation of Candidature will not be granted, the Dean may either:
(a) offer the Candidate a single extension that is not in excess of 3 months unless there are exceptional circumstances in which case a longer single extension or an additional 3 month extension may be offered; or
(b) terminate Candidature under clause 13 of these rules.
11.1 Candidates may apply for a suspension of the Research Program in accordance with this clause 11.
11.2 Applications for a suspension of the Research Program must be made by a Candidate in writing to the Dean.
11.3 Where a suspension is approved by the Dean under this clause 11, the total length of the Maximum Degree Period remains unchanged but the expiry date will be revised in proportion to the approved suspension.
11.4 Subject to clause 11.5 of these rules, the Dean will approve applications for suspensions required as a result of a Candidate’s personal circumstances where:
(a) the total period of all suspensions approved in the Maximum Degree Period will not exceed 12 months; and
(b) the Primary Supervisor confirms that there will be no adverse impact on the Research Program.
11.5 Unless there are circumstances considered exceptional by the Dean, requests for suspension made under clause 11.4 of these rules will not be approved where they are made:
(a) prior to Confirmation of Candidature; or
(b) within 3 months FTE (Masters) or 6 months FTE (Doctoral) prior to expiry of the Maximum Degree Period.
11.6 Where a requested suspension would result in more than 12 months of total suspension over the course of the Maximum Degree Period, the Dean will not approve the suspension unless:
(a) the Dean forms the view (based on evidence satisfactory to the Dean) that the suspension is needed for:
(i) parental leave;
(ii) leave relating to serious illness or injury of the Candidate;
(iii) carer’s leave relating to serious illness or injury of Candidate’s partner or other immediate family member; or
(iv) leave related to extreme hardship;
(b) in the reasonable view of the Head of School:
(i) the Research Program will be able to be properly resourced with respect to supervision, funding and access to facilities until the revised expiry date of the Maximum Degree Period; and
(ii) by the revised expiry date of the Maximum Degree Period the Thesis:
(A) is expected to be submitted; and
(B) will still form a supervised, independent and significant contribution to knowledge.
11.7 In addition to approved suspensions, all Candidates are entitled to 20 days’ leave for recreational purposes in each FTE year of enrolment, however such leave will not extend the Maximum Degree Period.
12.1 The Dean may allow a Candidate to undertake all or part of the Research Program away from the University, but only if the Dean is satisfied that suitable arrangements can be made for the Candidate to fulfil the requirements of the Degree (including for supervision of the Research Program and access to facilities) to enable the Thesis to be submitted within the Maximum Degree Period.
13.1 Candidature may be terminated by the Dean where:
(a) a Candidate has been notified in writing at any time (including in a review of progress) that they have failed to demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Performance and has been given a reasonable opportunity to rectify that failure but has not done so;
(b) there is a failure (which the Dean reasonably regards as material) by the Candidate to comply with a procedural or administrative requirement set out in the Procedures, and the Candidate has been given notice of this fact; and a reasonable opportunity to rectify the failure to comply but has not done so;
(c) the Candidate does not comply with a material condition imposed under clause 7.5 of these rules; or
(d) Confirmation of Candidature is not granted.
13.2 In considering termination of Candidature on the grounds referred to in clause 13.1, the Dean must ascertain the relevant background, including by seeking the views of the Head of School, the Primary Supervisor and the Graduate Research Coordinator.
13.3 If the Dean proposes to terminate Candidature following the preliminary investigation in clause 13.2, the Dean must advise the Candidate, the Primary Supervisor, the Graduate Research Coordinator and the Head of School of the grounds for the proposed termination in writing and invite each of them to make a written submission within 15 Days expressing their views on the proposed termination.
13.4 In making a final determination, the Dean must take into account all material submitted in accordance with clause 13.3 but is not obliged to follow any recommendation.
13.5 The Dean must:
(a) make a decision as to whether Candidature will be terminated no later than 30 Days after the deadline for written submissions referred to in clause 13.3 has passed;
(b) advise the Candidate in writing of the decision no later than 5 Days after it has been made; and
(c) provide a written copy of the decision to the Head of School, the Graduate Research Coordinator, Primary Supervisor and General Counsel and University Secretary on the date that it is sent to the Candidate.
13.6 In addition to termination under clause 13.1 to 13.5, the Dean will terminate Candidature where a Candidate's Thesis has not been submitted within the Maximum Degree Period.
13.7 Where the Dean decides to terminate Candidature under clause 13.6, the Dean must:
(a) advise the Candidate in writing of the decision no later than 5 Days after it has been made; and
(b) provide a written copy of the decision to the Head of School, the Graduate Research Coordinator, the Primary Supervisor and General Counsel and University Secretary on the date that it is sent to the Candidate.
13.8 In making a decision under this clause 13, the Dean may also determine whether a Candidate whose Candidature stands to be terminated will:
(a) be eligible to re-enrol as a Candidate; or
(b) receive recognition of academic credit for study and research completed; or
(c) in the case of Doctoral Candidates, be permitted to transfer to a Masters Degree.
13.9 If the Candidate has not applied for review under clause 24 of these rules within 20 Days after receiving the Dean's written decision under clause 13.5 or clause 13.7, Candidature is terminated.
14.1 The Candidate must submit their Thesis to the Head of School for examination prior to the expiry date of the Maximum Degree Period.
14.2 Despite clause 14.1, a Candidate may not without the approval of the Dean, submit their Thesis without having completed at least 50% of the Maximum Degree Period.
14.3 A Thesis must:
(a) comprise substantial written work, unless the Dean has given prior written approval for it to be otherwise;
(b) be submitted in the format required by the Procedures or otherwise in a format approved by the Dean.
(c) not include any work that has been accepted for a Degree by the University or any degree awarded by a Recognised Tertiary Institution, except by way of background information that is clearly identified; and
(d) be accompanied by:
(i) a signed statement by the Candidate attesting to the originality and research integrity of the Thesis, in the form specified in the Procedures;
(ii) where a Candidate has any objection to any person being appointed as an Examiner of the Thesis, a reasoned statement as to why that person should not be appointed.
14.4 No later than 15 Days following the Candidate’s submission of their Thesis to the Head of School, the Head of School must provide a completed pro forma report to the Candidate prepared in consultation with the Graduate Research Coordinator and Primary Supervisor as to:
(a) the extent to which the data collection and data analysis for the Thesis and writing of the Thesis was carried out by the Candidate and, if an editor was used, the extent of the involvement of the editor;
(b) the extent to which the Thesis represents a supervised, independent and significant contribution to knowledge;
(c) whether the Thesis is prepared in the form prescribed in the Procedures in terms of its quality of presentation and format; and
(d) whether the research for the Thesis was conducted in a responsible manner in accordance with the Australian Code of Responsible Conduct of Research and applicable University research policies pertaining to the conduct of the research.
14.5 The Candidate must submit the Thesis and the report referred to in clause 14.4 to the Dean no later than 5 Days after receipt of the report from the Head of School.
14.6 The Dean may, in exceptional circumstances, allow a Candidate to submit their Thesis directly to the Dean for examination without the Thesis having been submitted to the Head of School.
15.1 On submission of the Thesis to the Dean, the Head of School will consult the Supervisory Team and the Graduate Research Coordinator and will nominate to the Dean a minimum of 3 Examiners of the Thesis.
15.2 The Dean may approve the Head of School's nominations or may ask the Head of School to nominate alternative Examiners.
15.3 The Dean will invite Examiners to examine the Thesis and will appoint those Examiners who accept the invitation.
15.4 Where an Examiner declines the Dean's invitation, the Dean will require the Head of School to nominate an alternative Examiner and the nomination process in clauses 15.2 to 15.4 of these rules will apply.
16.1 Each Examiner must report independently on the merit of the Thesis to the Dean within the time prescribed in the Procedures.
16.2 If the Dean has not received all reports before the time within which the Examiners are to lodge them, the Dean may progress the examination process where only 2 Examiners' reports have been received, but must progress the process with 3 Examiners' reports where they have all been received within the prescribed time.
16.3 Where only 1 Examiner lodges a report within the prescribed time, the Dean may request that the Head of School nominate a replacement Examiner and clauses 15.2 to 15.4 apply.
All three reports received within prescribed period
16.4 Where the Dean receives 3 Examiners' reports within the prescribed period, the Dean must consider all of them for the purposes of assessing the outcome and clauses 16.7 to 16.10 of these rules apply to that assessment.
Two Examiners reports may be relied on for the purposes of awarding a Pass Grade
16.5 Where the Dean proceeds with 2 Examiners' reports under clause 16.2 and both reports indicate a Pass Grade that is confirmed by the Dean, clause 18 of these rules applies.
Third Examiner's report deemed necessary
16.6 The Dean will await the third Examiner's report where:
(a) one or both initial Examiners awards a Fail Grade; or
(b) one or both initial Examiners awards the Thesis an Unsatisfactory Grade.
Outcome of examination and rights of appeal
16.7 If the majority of Examiners award a Pass Grade that is confirmed by the Dean after the completion of the examination or any re-examination process, clause 18 applies.
16.8 Where the Dean relies on 3 Examiners' reports, the Candidate will be asked to revise and submit the Thesis for re-examination in respect of all Examiners who have awarded the Thesis an Unsatisfactory Grade.
16.9 If all 3 Examiners award a Fail Grade after the completion of any examination or re-examination process under this clause:
(a) in the case of a Masters Candidate (Research), the Candidate has failed outright; or
(b) in the case of a Doctoral Candidate, either:
(i) the Candidate has failed out right; or
(ii) the Candidate may revise and submit the Thesis as a Masters Thesis, where at least 2 Examiners agree to this course.
16.10 If, after the completion of the examination or any re-examination process under this clause the majority of Examiners awards a Fail Grade but at least one awards a Pass Grade, the Candidate has a right of appeal under clause 17.
Revised Thesis must be resubmitted within prescribed time
16.11 If a Thesis is awarded an Unsatisfactory Grade and the Candidate is required to revise and submit their Thesis for re-examination under clause 16, the Candidate must do so within any extension period granted by the Dean under clause 9.4 of these rules, failing which the Unsatisfactory Grade will be changed to a Fail Grade.
17.1 Where a Candidate has a right of appeal under 16.10 of these rules, that right may be exercised only:
(a) once; and
(b) on the grounds that an Examiner has reached their view as a result of bias.
17.2 An application under clause 17.1:
(a) must be made within the time prescribed in the Procedures; and
(b) will be determined by a committee comprising the Dean and two other individuals appointed by the Dean who have had no direct involvement with the Candidate's Candidature, and at least one of whom has, in the Dean's opinion, a satisfactory level of expertise in the general research area.
17.3 Where the committee determines that an Examiner or Examiners have reached their view as a result of bias, the Dean will arrange for the Thesis to be submitted for examination to a new Examiner or Examiners and clause 16 of these rules applies to the grading and re-examination of the Thesis.
17.4 Where the processes under this clause are exhausted, and the majority of Examiners award the Thesis a Fail Grade, the only avenue of appeal is under Part 4 of the Ordinance of Student Complaints with any necessary changes.
17.5 Candidates who wish to activate an appeal under Part 4 of the Ordinance of Student Complaints must do so in accordance with clauses 4.3.1 and 4.3.2 of that Ordinance.
18.1 In the case of Doctoral Candidates, where the Candidate's Thesis has been awarded a Pass Grade, the Dean will refer the Candidate to Viva Voce and the Viva Voce Examination Committee will be convened and the Viva Voce held in accordance with the Procedures.
18.2 A Candidate will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of the award where:
(a) the Candidate's Thesis has been awarded by the majority of Examiners a Pass Grade and any requisite minor revisions to the Thesis have been made; and
(b) in the case of Doctoral Candidates, the Viva Voce Examination Committee confirms that the Degree should be awarded; and
(c) they have complied with the applicable coursework components specified in clauses 8.5 to 8.7 of these rules; and
(d) any conditions of enrolment under clause 7.5 of these rules have been met.
19.1 When a Thesis is accepted for the award of the Degree, the Candidate must lodge the Thesis with the Dean as required in the Procedures.
Eligibility to be entered on the Register
20.1 The Dean must maintain the Register.
20.2 A person may only be entered on the Register as a Supervisor of a Candidate further to this clause.
20.3 A person is eligible to be entered on the Register where they:
(a) are an Academic Staff Member or an adjunct, honorary, visiting or clinical appointee of the University with a minimum 12 month contract of employment or appointment with the University;
(b) hold a higher degree by research at the level at which they apply to supervise or have a record of scholarly achievement that the Dean otherwise considers equivalent; and
(c) are Research Active.
Entry on Register
20.4 Where a Head of School recommends an applicant for admission to Candidature under clause 7 of these rules, the Head of School must nominate to the Dean a Supervisory Team that includes:
(a) a Primary Supervisor; and
(b) at least one Experienced Supervisor.
20.5 For the purposes of clause 20.4, the Head of School's nomination for the Supervisory Team must be accompanied by a statement in respect of each nominee signed by the nominee confirming that:
(a) the nominee is Research Active;
(b) the nominee has participated in professional development activities pertaining to supervisory practice as required by the Procedures; and
(c) the nominee's work load and terms of employment allow them to undertake the role of Supervisor; and
(d) the Head of School holds a reasonable expectation that the nominee will continue to satisfy the criteria entry on the Register and will be available to supervise the Candidate for the Maximum Degree Period.
20.6 A person will only be entered on the Register as a Supervisor of a Candidate where the Dean determines that the person satisfies the criteria in clause 20.3 and 20.5 or there are other exceptional circumstances that warrant their appointment as a Supervisor.
20.7 Where the Dean does not enter the Head of School's nominee on the Register under clause 20.6:
(a) the Dean will notify the Head of School of the decision and the reasons for the decision; and
(b) the Head of School must endeavour to recommend a suitable nominee as an alternative Supervisor.
20.8 The University is unable to guarantee the availability of a Supervisor appointed to supervise a Candidate under these rules but must use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that Candidates are adequately supervised throughout Candidature.
Removal from the Register
20.9 A Supervisor will be removed by the Dean from the Register in respect of a Candidate or Candidates where:
(a) the Dean forms the reasonable opinion that the Supervisor is unable to continue as a Supervisor of the Candidate, including where:
(i) the Supervisor has not complied with clause 21.2 of these rules;
(ii) the Supervisor has ceased being Research Active;
(b) Candidature is terminated;
(c) a decision has been made under Ordinance 8 (Student Complaints) that requires that the person be removed from the Register;
(d) a direction is given by the Vice-Chancellor that the person be removed from Register as a result of disciplinary action; or
(e) the person ceases to be an Academic Staff Member or an adjunct, honorary or visiting clinical appointee of the University.
20.10 The Dean will inform a Supervisor of the reasons for removal from the Register under clause 20.10(a).
Alternative or Replacement Supervisor
20.11 Where a Supervisor on a Supervisory Team needs to be replaced, the Head of School must act as the replacement Supervisor until such time as the original Supervisor is replaced.
Appeal against removal from or non-appointment to the Register
20.12 A person may appeal to the Board against:
(a) a decision by the Dean not to enter them on the Register under clause 20.6 of these rules; or
(b) their removal from the Register under clause 20.9(a).
20.13 The Board will consider the appeal in the absence of the Dean and its decision on the matter will be final.
20.14 A person who is not entered on the Register on the basis that they do not satisfy one of the eligibility requirements under clause 20.3 is not prevented from reapplying for appointment after the requisite eligibility criteria have been met.
21.1 A Supervisor is responsible for guiding and encouraging a Candidate to develop a Thesis that is a satisfactory record of innovative research in the relevant discipline, appropriate for the Degree.
21.2 Supervisors must comply with these rules, the Procedures and all relevant University ordinances, rules, codes of conduct, policies and procedures relating to research, research supervision and Candidature management including:
(a) in the case of Supervisors appointed for the first time, attend an introductory workshop on the University's supervision requirements prescribed in the Procedures no later than 12 months after their entry on the Register; and
(b) otherwise, continue to participate in professional development activities relating to supervision practice as required in the Procedures.
21.3 In performing their duties, Primary Supervisors will take into account the views of the other Supervisors.
22.1 The Head of School will nominate to the Dean a person from within the School who is a current Supervisor or who has been a Supervisor within the 2 year period immediately preceding the nomination to be appointed as the Graduate Research Coordinator for that School.
22.2 The Dean will appoint the Head of School's nominee where the Dean is of the view that the nominee has an adequate level of supervisory experience and is otherwise capable of fulfilling the role.
22.3 If the Dean does not appoint the Head of School's original nominee, the Head of School will nominate alternative nominees for the Dean's consideration until the Dean appoints a Graduate Research Coordinator from those nominees.
22.4 The Dean will undertake an annual review of the performance of Graduate Research Coordinators and will determine whether the appointment will be revoked or confirmed.
23.1 Except where these rules expressly provide otherwise, all complaints by Candidates in relation to the subject matter of these rules will be dealt with under Part 3 of the Ordinance of Student Complaints, with any necessary changes.
23.2 Candidates who wish to activate the process under Part 3 of the Ordinance of Student Complaints must do so in accordance with clauses 2.2 of that Ordinance.
24.1 These rules apply to any person who is a Candidate at the time these rules are made.
24.2 Despite clause 24.1, a person who is a Candidate at that time and who considers that they are disadvantaged by the application of these rules may, by written notice to the Dean, elect to continue their Candidature under the rules in existence immediately before these rules were made.
Authorised by the Dean of Graduate Research
27 February, 2013