Doctor of Commerce - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Degree of Doctor of Commerce (DCom)

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Commerce

The Degree of Doctor of Commerce shall be awarded for significant original contributions to Commerce.
A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Commerce shall hold a degree of the University of New Zealand or of the University of Canterbury or shall have been admitted under the admission ad eundem statum regulations to the status of such a degree. No candidate shall be examined for the degree of Doctor of Commerce until five years have elapsed from having been admitted to the qualifying degree. Except in special circumstances approved by the Academic Board, no member of the academic staff who is not a graduate of the University shall be examined for the Degree of Doctor of Commerce until he or she has served a period of five years on the permanent full-time staff of the University.
The Degree of Doctor of Commerce shall be awarded for published work of the candidate or, in special circumstances, for unpublished work, provided that these special circumstances shall be recognised as sufficient by the Academic Board.
With the application, a candidate shall forward:
Three copies of the work referred to in Regulation 3 upon which the application is based.
Three copies of any additional work, published or unpublished, which he or she desires to submit in support of the application.
A statement signed by the candidate identifying the work which is the candidate's own, and stating that the principal work has not been previously accepted and is not being currently presented for a degree or diploma in any other University.
Upon receipt of a report from the Faculty ad hoc committee (as appointed under General Course and Examinations Regulations: M. Higher Doctorates) the Dean of Postgraduate Research shall decide whether to proceed with the examination. The work may then be submitted to three examiners, of whom at least one shall be resident outside New Zealand. The candidate may be required by the examiners to sit a written or oral examination. The examiners shall report to the Dean of Postgraduate Research through the relevant Faculty Dean.
The entry fee of $2,000 shall be submitted with the application.
See Regulation L12 of the General Course and Examination Regulations for the resolution of disagreements between examiners.
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