EDUC5720 Master's Thesis (full-time)

54 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit can be taken full-time or part-time. The thesis should demonstrate knowledge in a chosen area of study, the associated research methods and scholarly reporting. Normally the thesis, of 20,000 to 25,000 words, should provide evidence of a general knowledge of the area through a literature review and may make a contribution to the area of study. A research proposal must be submitted with the written consent of the supervisor to the Faculty of Education Research Committee within three months of the satisfactory completion of the coursework component. Students may refer to general guidelines for proposal development on the Web at However, students enrolled in the unit must work directly and closely with their supervisors to develop their proposals.
Students are able to demonstrate knowledge in a chosen area of study, and appropriate scholarly skills in conducting and reporting their research.
The thesis itself is the assessment component and is examined by two examiners external to the University. Examiners' reports are considered by the Faculty of Education Research Committee.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tom O'Donoghue
Unit rules
an average of at least 65 per cent in the coursework component of the degree and a minimum of 65 per cent in EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (formerly EDUC8631 Approaches to Research)
Contact hours
individually negotiated with the supervisor; research completed under supervision

There are no prescribed texts. However, during EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (formerly EDUC8631 Approaches to Research), students are introduced to the sections of the Library dealing with the various aspects of the field of education studies. They become familiar with the location of relevant books, encyclopedias, handbooks, other reference material and journals.


Punch, K. F. Developing Effective Research Proposals: Sage Publications 2000

Punch, K. F. Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches: Sage Publications 2005


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