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Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)


1.   The degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed a programme of coursework and research in two parts as follows:
  1.1   Part 1 - Research Portfolio
  Candidates must gain a pass grade in the paper LAWS995 Research Portfolio.
  1.2   Part 2 - Thesis
  Candidates must undertake approved and supervised research, and present the results lucidly in a thesis which
  (i)   critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, and
  (ii)   demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, and
  (iii)   displays intellectual independence, and
  (iv)   makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area and is of publishable quality.
2.   To qualify to enrol for the SJD, candidates must
  (a)   have qualified for the award of a bachelors degree with honours or a masters degree, and must have achieved at least second class honours (first division) or distinction, or
  (b)   have qualified for the award of the degree of Master of Philosophy, or
  (c)   have passed qualifying papers at a satisfactory level, or
  (d)   in exceptional circumstances have produced other evidence to the satisfaction of the Postgraduate Studies Committee that he or she has adequate skills and knowledge to proceed with the proposed research.
3.   Candidates for the SJD must apply on the prescribed form which is available from the Postgraduate Studies Office.
4.   Applications to enrol for the SJD and the conditions of enrolment are subject to approval by the Postgraduate Studies Committee under delegated authority of the Academic Board.
5.   As one of the preconditions for the approval of an application to enrol, the Postgraduate Studies Committee will establish that the necessary supervision and resources can be provided for the chosen topic. If either prior to, or at any time during the study period the University encounters staffing or resource difficulties beyond its control which impact on the availability of resources or supervision for a student’s SJD research, it will make all reasonable efforts, within budget and staffing constraints, to provide satisfactory arrangements so as not to disadvantage any affected student. Because of the specialist nature of research and supervision at this level, however, the University cannot guarantee that under such circumstances, a student’s conditions of enrolment will not be subject to change.
6.   Candidates whose applications to enrol for the SJD are approved by the Postgraduate Studies Committee must enrol in the School of Law and, subject to satisfactory progress, pursue their coursework and research for
  (a)   at least three years, if they are enrolled on a full-time basis, or
  (b)   at least six years, if they are enrolled on a part-time or mixed mode basis.
7.   Enrolment is approved, in the first instance
  (a)   for a maximum of one year in Part 1 and a maximum of four years in Part 1 and Part 2 if the candidate is registered on a full-time basis, or
  (b)   for a maximum of two years in Part 1 and a maximum of eight years in Part 1 and Part 2 if the candidate is registered on a part-time or mixed mode basis.
8.   Initial enrolment is in Part 1. When the Dean of the School of Law has confirmed that candidates have passed Part 1 to the prescribed standards, candidates may apply for enrolment in Part 2.
9.   On the recommendation of the Dean of the School of Law, candidates who have completed Part 1 but whose results are not yet confirmed may be permitted to appy to the Postgraduate Studies Committee for conditional enrolment in Part 2. Confirmation of enrolment by the Postgraduate Studies Committee is subject to confirmation that the candidate has passed Part 1 to the prescribed standards.
10.   For each candIdate who proceeds to Part 2 of the SJD, the Postgraduate Studies Committee appoints a supervisory panel, one member of which is a continuing staff member of the University and the chief supervisor. Normally, a second member of the panel is also a continuing staff member of the University.
11.   Candidates are required to maintain continuous enrolment throughout the entire period of their degree.
12.   Notwithstanding section 11 of these regulations, candidates may apply to the Postgraduate Studies Committee for three-month periods of suspension of enrolment up to a maximum of one year in Part 1 and one year in Part 2. Candidates are not entitled to access supervision or any University resources during a period of suspension.
13.   Candidates may apply to the Postgraduate Studies Committee for extension of enrolment.
14.   The Postgraduate Studies Committee has authority to terminate the enrolment of a candidate at any time if the candidate fails to demonstrate satisfactory progress or comply with any regulations or policies which relate to enrolment for the degree.
15.   Candidates enrolled for Part 2 of the SJD must submit six-monthly reports on the progress of their research work.
16.   An SJD thesis may consist of either published or unpublished material, or a combination of both, and must be presented within the term of enrolment.
17.   Candidates must indicate in the thesis any component that has been used or presented for any other degree.
18.   Candidates must comply with the Dissertations and Theses Regulations 2005 which set out the University’s requirements with respect to the submission and presentation of theses.
19.   The Postgraduate Studies Committee appoints at least two examiners for the candidate's thesis who are external to the University and not directly connected with the candidate or the candidate’s research.
20.   Provided that at least half of the examiners recommend that the thesis be accepted, an oral examination of the candidate is conducted.
21.   The Postgraduate Studies Committee makes a final decision on the award of the degree. On the basis of the final report of the examiners following the oral examination, the Postgraduate Studies Committee will resolve either
  (a)   that the thesis be accepted in its present form as fulfilling the requirements of Part 2 for the SJD, or
  (b)   that the thesis be accepted as fulfilling the requirements of Part 2 for the SJD subject to the candidate undertaking minor amendments and/or correcting typographical errors as required by the examiners, to the satisfaction of the chief supervisor, or
  (c)   that the thesis be accepted as fulfilling the requirements of Part 2 for the SJD subject to the candidate completing substantial amendments to the satisfaction of all the examiners or the chief supervisor, provided that these amendments are not so substantial as to necessitate re-submission and are completed within six weeks, or
  (d)   that the thesis is not acceptable in its present form and be returned to the candidate, who may revise it and re-submit it for examination after a re-enrolment for a minimum period of six months, or
  (e)   that the thesis is not acceptable for the SJD but should be accepted as fulfilling the requirements of the degree of Master of Education or Master of Philosophy, or
  (f)   that the candidate has failed to meet the required standard and that no degree be awarded.
22.   Candidates will be permitted to revise and re-submit a thesis only once.
23.   Candidates who have completed Part 1 of the degree, but who have not qualified to proceed to Part 2 may apply to the Dean of the School of Law to transfer to the Master of Laws.
24.   Candidates may apply to the Dean of the School of Law, at any time during Part 2 of the SJD before submission of the thesis, to transfer to the LLM.
25.   Candidates may apply to the Postgraduate Studies Committee, at any time during Part 2 of the SJD before submission of the thesis, to transfer to the MPhil.
26.   Candidates who have concerns about standards of supervision or who wish to appeal against any process or decision of a supervisor, pro-Dean, Dean, or the Postgraduate Studies Committee with respect to their registration or the examination process may do so in writing to the Chairperson of the Postgraduate Studies Committee. If the matter is not resolved by the Chairperson of the Postgraduate Studies Committee to the satisfaction of the candidate, the candidate may refer his or her appeal to the Vice-Chancellor. The Vice-Chancellor will appoint a person or panel to investigate and will make a final decision based on the report of that person or panel.
27.   These regulations may be varied or waived by the Postgraduate Studies Committee under delegated authority of the Academic Board.

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