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Regulations for the Degrees of Doctor of Laws (LLD), Doctor of Literature (DLit) and Doctor of Science (DSc)


1.   The Degree of Doctor of Laws1, Doctor of Literature or Doctor of Science shall be awarded for original work of special excellence in the appropriate field of knowledge and published in a scholarly journal, monograph, or book available to the general public.
2.   A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Literature or Doctor of Science shall be a graduate of the University of Waikato or of the University of New Zealand or shall have been granted the right to proceed to that degree under the regulations for admission ad eundem statum.
3.   No candidate shall present himself or herself for the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Literature or Doctor of Science until at least ten years after graduation to his or her first degree.
4.   A candidate for the degree shall forward his or her application to the Director of the Student and Academic Services Division accompanied by
  (a)   four copies of the published work on which the application is based, one of which shall be bound in the form prescribed for presentation to the Library, and
  (b)   a short discourse on the nature of the candidate’s work, and
  (c)   a statutory declaration which shall
  (i)   state the extent to which the work is the candidate’s own, and (in the case of a conjoint work) identify as clearly as possible which Levels are the candidate’s own, and
  (ii)   state what portion (if any) of the work submitted has been previously presented for a degree or diploma of the University of Waikato or any other university, and
  (iii)   declare that the work in substantially its present form has not been previously accepted for the award of a degree or diploma in this or any other university and is not being concurrently submitted for a degree or diploma in any other university.
  (d)   the charge prescribed in the Fees and Charges section published in the University of Waikato Calendar.
5.   Upon receiving the application, the Academic Board may at its discretion appoint a moderator who shall submit to the Director of the Student and Academic Services Division a preliminary report on the candidate’s work and a recommendation as to whether the examination should proceed or whether the candidate should be advised to withdraw the application. A candidate shall not be obliged to withdraw the application if so advised, but withdrawal upon such advice shall entitle him or her to the refund of two-thirds of the fee (excluding GST) required under section 4(d) of these regulations.
6.   If the examination is to proceed, the candidate’s work shall be submitted to three examiners appointed by the Academic Board, at least two of whom shall be external to the University. Each examiner shall
  (a)   report independently on the quality of the work and its value as a significant contribution to learning, and
  (b)   recommend to the Academic Board whether or not the degree should be awarded, provided that where the recommendation is that the degree should not be awarded the examiner may recommend that the candidate be allowed to re-present his or her work supplemented by additional published work. A re-presentation permitted by the Academic Board under this regulation shall be accompanied by a further full examination charge.

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