Higher Degree Research Doctoral Equivalence

Higher Degree Research Doctoral Equivalence


The Higher Degree Research Doctoral Equivalence Guideline provides guidance to University staff in determining doctoral equivalence.



To provide guidance in determining doctoral equivalence.

The Higher Degree Research Supervisory Practice Policy requires Executive Deans of Faculty to approve the appointment of supervisors. Appointed supervisors must either hold a doctoral degree or be deemed equivalent to holding a doctoral degree.


The University recognises that some staff members may have attained a level of research activity deemed equivalent to having completed a doctoral degree at Macquarie University. Such research activity would normally include certified evidence of substantial experience that has qualified a person to plan, direct and implement a research program equivalent to a doctoral thesis. Evidence would include:
  • an assessment of research standing and leadership
  • the quality and quantity of publications
  • evidence of peer-review activity
  • other evidence of competitive research awards including prizes
  • other peer esteem factors
The Executive Dean of the Faculty will assess such evidence and make a recommendation to the DVC Research as to the deeming of doctoral equivalence. The recommendation of Macquarie doctoral equivalence will be confirmed in writing by the DVC Research.

Guideline Information

Contact OfficerManager, Higher Degree Research Office
Date Approved5 December 2008
Approval AuthorityManager, Higher Degree Research Office
Date of Commencement5 December 2008
Amendment Historyn/a
Date for Next ReviewDecember 2011
Related DocumentsHigher Degree Research Guide
Higher Degree Research Supervision Policy
KeywordsDoctoral Equivalence, Deemed Equivalent, Doctoral Degree
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