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Doctoral theses may be submitted in Te Reo Maori, English, or in both languages. Candidates must submit two soft bound copies (spiral or hot melt are acceptable), and an unsecured PDF digital copy of their thesis in one single file emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the thesis cannot be saved to a single PDF file, or there are any supplementary materials that are unable to be saved in a single PDF file, the candidate should submit four soft bound copies of their thesis. If clarification is required the candidate should contact the GRS at email@example.com. The soft bound copies should be spiral bound or hot melt bound (not hard bound). Candidates may submit their thesis to either to the Graduate Research School (GRS), Research & Enterprise Office in Palmerston North, or to campus Contact Offices at Auckland or Wellington campuses. Alternatively, theses can be mailed/couriered directly to the GRS, Research & Enterprise, Courtyard Complex (PN 123), University Avenue, Palmerston North.
The DRC expects candidates to adhere to accepted international standards of research, with proper acknowledgement of assistance and collaboration, and to make appropriate references to all sources of information. Failure to properly acknowledge and reference the work of others constitutes plagiarism. Massey University treats plagiarism and research misconduct very seriously. Candidates found guilty of these activities may have their candidature terminated or be failed. If you have any doubts about what constitutes plagiarism or research misconduct please seek advice from your supervisors or learning services. It is essential that you are familiar with the Massey University policy on Research Practice and the Code of Responsible Research Conduct and Procedures for Dealing with Misconduct in Research. Both policies can be accessed on http://policyguide.massey.ac.nz
The publication of papers during candidacy can be highly advantageous. Massey University allows the submission of theses based upon published research (or research accepted for publication), providing it conforms to the following:
NB: Research that has been published (or accepted for publication), does not ensure a successful Doctoral examination.
It is important that candidates play an active role in the supervisor-candidate relationship. While candidates are expected to accept advice and guidance from their supervisors, they are not expected to work as ‘technicians’ . Candidates should strive towards their own intellectual independence from within a supportive relationship with their supervisors. The following factors can contribute to successful Doctoral candidacy:
In general terms, it is important that candidates and supervisors meet frequently, and that there is a mutually co-operative relationship and common understanding of the progress being made. Supervisors and candidates need to determine for themselves the actual mechanics of their working relationship.
Supervisors have a complex role to play. In general they have to oversee the intellectual development of the candidate, whilst fulfilling the range of administrative duties required as the candidate progresses from provisional registration through to examination. Some features of successful supervision by both main and co-supervisors include:
NOTE: All new staff members eligible to supervise Doctoral candidates are required to attend an induction programme on Doctoral supervision run by the GRS.
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Last updated on Thursday 20 October 2016