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USP Postgraduate Outcomes

There are nine (9) University of the South Pacific Postgraduate Outcomes of which seven (7) have corresponding Undergraduate Outcomes. The Postgraduate Outcomes are as follows:

  1. Autonomy – Demonstrate increasing levels of autonomy, initiative and responsibility in scholarly, professional, social and personal decision making.
  2. Collaboration – Demonstrate consultative and collaborative approaches to scholarly enquiry and/or professional practice.
  3. Communications - Communicate ideas effectively, in an appropriate language and format, in a range of contexts, including the professional and scholarly, using ICT tools where suitable.
  4. Creativity - Evaluate the boundaries of current knowledge, theories and practices at the forefront of a discipline.
  5. Critical Thinking - Engage critically with scholarly and professional issues and problems, demonstrating the capacity to manage uncertainty.
  6. Ethics - Demonstrate the ethical standards of the professional code of practice in their discipline, recognizing the implications of their decisions.
  7. Pacific Consciousness – Engage innovatively with the diverse cultural heritage of Pacific Communities to promote sustainable development in a global environment.
  8. Professionalism - Apply the knowledge, skills and behaviour expected of a professional in the discipline.
  9. Research & Scholarships - Demonstrate increasing levels of knowledge of a discipline and the associated skills and methods of research for the advancement of scholarship and/or professional practice.

Postgraduate Rubrics

The Postgraduate Outcomes begin with a general definition to set the threshold for each Outcome and should be able to encapsulate the 3 different PG levels of Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and PhD.

Each level is defined to distinguish the escalation from Postgraduate Diploma, to Masters and finally, to PhD. The Postgraduate Outcomes is a consolidation of several similar Outcomes at appropriate levels (i.e. PGD, Masters and PhD) from the different Frameworks and adapted to suit USP.

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