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MEDC5901 Thesis Research (full-time)

72 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA and other Medical InstitutionsFace to face
Semester 2UWA and other Medical InstitutionsFace to face
This unit represents the equivalent of three semesters of full-time study towards a final thesis. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. The thesis demonstrates knowledge in a chosen area of study, the associated research methods and scholarly reporting. It also provides evidence of a general knowledge of the area through a literature review and may make a contribution to the area of study.
Students are able to (1) apply research skills to gather background information relevant to a predefined field of enquiry; (2) critically assess the relevant literature; (3) conduct research to collect relevant data involving primary and secondary sources as apropriate; (4) explore the data utilising approporate means of qualitiative or quantitative analysis; (5) report the results in a professional academic manner; and (6) apply their understanding of how research ethics inform practical research work, to their research project.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: research thesis. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Thesis assessment is managed by by the Graduate Research School.
Supplementary assessment may be available to students, if required by the thesis classification.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Damon Bell
Unit rules
enrolment in Master of Clinical Research 90620
Contact hours
Self directed learning and regular contact with supervisors to a total of approximately 600 hours across each of three semesters, approx 1800 hours total.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.