The Research Thesis unit enables students to undertake independent research. Students design the research project and complete a thesis at AQF Level 9 guided and supported by expert academic supervisors registered with VU Research. Successful completion of the unit is the means by which students—working closely with their supervisor(s)—demonstrate their ability to plan and execute a substantial research project culminating in a significant contribution to knowledge via an AQF Level 9 thesis. The availability of 12, 24, 36 or 48 thesis units is for course administrative purposes and will allow students to enrol at a full-time or part-time mode, and if need be at the same time as non-thesis units. Thus, the availability of 12, 24, 36 or 48 thesis units will enable each student to appropriately progress in their degree.