SCI599 Science Masters Thesis

Updated: 01 May 2019
Credit Points 24
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 On Campus
Armidale Year Long 1 Online
Armidale Year Long 1 On Campus
Armidale Year Long 2 Online
Armidale Year Long 2 On Campus
Armidale Year Long 3 Online
Armidale Year Long 3 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites For MScStud students: 48cp including SCI500 with a GPA of 5; for MDis or MNeuroSc students: 48cp with a GPA of 5 across NEUR501 and NEUR502; and permission of Head of School
Co-requisites None
Restrictions SCI695

Prior to enrolment being approved by the Course Coordinator, students will be required to negotiate a topic or project with a nominated supervisor. Approval is dependent on the availability of supervision and resources.

Depending upon the candidate's academic and professional background and the nature of the research thesis, the School may permit the candidate to undertake, part or all, of the thesis away from the University. Some projects are unable to be undertaken online. Advanced Standing will not be granted for this unit. Candidates considering proceeding to PhD candidature are recommended to complete SCI599, if eligible. The principal supervisor must be a member of UNE staff, within the School, and as approved by the Head of School.

The Approval for Enrolment Form can be downloaded from the link.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Rose Andrew (
Unit Description

The thesis may be a component of the MScStud. Candidates undertake a research topic in consultation with an appropriate member of the academic staff. The thesis must comprise the results of a research project and must show independence of thought and critical evaluation of the candidate's own work and published work in the field of study. The thesis should not normally exceed 20 000 words, excluding tables, plates, figures, references, and appendices.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 100% 20,000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in a discipline of Science that has been studied;
  2. interpret and communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to others covering a scientific discipline;
  3. apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement and responsibility in conducting and reporting on original research;
  4. analyse critically, reflect on and synthesis complex information from their own research and the scientific literature; and
  5. research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge in a scientific discipline.