Research Thesis

Unit code: RBM8006 | Study level: Postgraduate
Footscray Park
Online Self-Paced
St Albans


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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review research principles, methods and theory applicable to their field of learning;
  2. Critically review relevant and current scholarly literature/s relating to the thesis topic;
  3. Investigate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise complex information in their field of study;
  4. Conduct a substantial independent research project under supervision with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability; and
  5. Present a coherent and sustained argument and be able to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: Pass/Fail
10-16 page proposal & 20 minute oral presentation outlining research.
Assessment type: Review
Grade: Pass/Fail
Thesis draft; 20 minute presentation; summary paper of no more than 5 pages.
Assessment type: Research Thesis
Grade: Pass/Fail
Thesis (25,000-50,000 words)

Required reading

To be advised by supervisor.

As part of a course

This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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