Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Janette Simmonds


This is a unit of research study focusing on a particular theory, issue, challenge, dilemma, concern or problem in the field of psychology, undertaken with a supervisor. While students are expected to demonstrate initiative and independence, the supervisor offers guidance, support and feedback over the course of the research. The thesis is especially important for students who are intending to undertake further higher degree studies. Graduates who have successfully completed the psychology thesis (both part 1 and part 2) are able to use this 12,000- to 16,000-word study as evidence of independent research experience in an application for entry into the PhD course.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. produce a thesis that displays competence in understanding and carrying out research in the field of psychology, but with less emphasis on comprehensive knowledge and originality as required in a PhD
  2. devise a research topic to investigate that is feasible within the two-unit time frame
  3. identify key research questions that are not too general and ambitious
  4. select and review relevant theory and literature
  5. design a study and choose appropriate methods to investigate research questions
  6. select appropriate modes of analysis
  7. consider ethical issues involved in research
  8. implement, critically appraise or apply research in a particular field
  9. prepare a comprehensive written report that is professionally presented and contains all the required components including a bibliography.


In conjunction with EDF6536 the Master of Psychology research thesis is a 12,000- to 16,000-word research project. The format of the research project must comply with the options as set out in the APAC Accreditation Standards research requirements for postgraduate coursework degrees at the time of commencing in the research.

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Students must successfully complete coursework units. However, students may, with the written agreement of the student adviser, undertake a thesis before completing all the coursework requirements.