Higher doctorate

Entrance Level – eligibility for candidature

Candidates for the Higher Doctorate must:

  1. Be a graduate of La Trobe University or
  2. Must have been a full time member of the academic staff of the University for a period of at least five years

Duration

Candidates for the Higher Doctorate do not enrol in a course. Applications are made to a committee of the Academic Board which has the responsibility for the admission and examination of candidates and which reports to Academic Board on the outcome. The application includes the academic qualifications of the applicant, a description of their achievements and the work the applicant proposes to submit for examination of the degree.

The Higher Doctorates Committee may where it considers it appropriate recommend to the Academic Board the award of a degree without application to a person who satisfies the provisions of eligibility and who has completed work considered by the Committee to be an original distinguished contribution or contributions to knowledge in one or more branches of learning.

Learning outcomes (AQF)

Characteristics of learning outcomes at this level include distinguished original contributions to knowledge in the form of new knowledge or significant and original adaptations of existing knowledge.

Exit standard

At this level, three external examiners shall certify to the Academic Board that the published work makes an original distinguished contribution or contributions to the knowledge in one or more branches of learning.

Awards

  • Doctor of Laws
  • Doctor of Letters
  • Doctor of Science