original contribution to knowledge
of Doctor of Philosophy is whether the thesis
represents an original and significant contribution
to knowledge, either by the discovery of new facts
and/or the exercising of independent critical ability
and/or the articulation of a new or novel approach to
the research question.
An original contribution to knowledge may be reflected
in a number of ways. The candidate may have raised an
important new problem or have addressed an existing
problem in a novel way. A candidate may have
investigated previously ignored material, developed
new techniques for investigating issues, or have
applied existing techniques to a new area of research.
Whether a candidate's work constitutes a "significant
contribution to knowledge" could be gauged by the
extent to which the thesis is publishable.
Normally a satisfactory Doctoral thesis might be
expected to form the basis for one or more articles
in recognised refereed research journals, or in some
disciplines, to form the basis of a monograph.
Examiners are invited to offer an opinion on
whether the thesis contains material suitable
For full account: http://www.uow.edu.au/research/files/guidelines.rtf