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Unit Overview


This unit represents the equivalent of three semesters of full-time study towards a final thesis of research in health professions education. Students will work with two supervisors to develop and directly apply research skills. This will include writing a research proposal and obtaining ethical approval for the research. The thesis provides evidence of a student's ability to conduct research. The scholarly output of the research (thesis and/or manuscripts) will also demonstrate a general knowledge of the area through a literature review and may make a contribution to the area of study.

72 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) develop a research proposal; (2) obtain ethical approval/exemption to conduct research; (3) conduct a Literature Review; (4) conduct research independently with supervision; and (5) construct a thesis document.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal and (2) thesis document. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Sandra Carr
Unit rules
Enrolment in
90670 Master of Health Professions Education
and IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning
and IMED5802 Principles of Assessment and Evaluation
and IMED5803 Introduction to Research in Health Professions Education
  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.