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This is one of two capstone subject options, taught in the final semester of the Master of Psychiatry course.
This subject is intended to develop critical research skills required to conduct professional research within the field of Psychiatry. Students will formulate a research question with relevance to one of the areas of specialisation covered during their studies in the Master of Psychiatry – preferably an area they have undertaken a selective subject within and can arrange appropriate supervision for. An ethics application may be required from the student.
Students will discuss their chosen research topic with their supervisor, devising a research proposal and outline that will form the basis of their thesis. Students will review relevant literature in light of their chosen area of study and according to established research method(s) in preparation for writing and then submission of their minor thesis at the end of term.
Intended learning outcomes
The subject provides the opportunity to undertake all the components required for critical research.
Students will be required to:
- Formulate and present an appropriate research question and proposal (including submission of an Ethics Application if applicable),
- Synthesise research skills by choosing methodology appropriate to the chosen field of study;
- Draw on disciplinary literature within the field in order to present justified critical analysis of the literature,
- Conduct data collection, analysing and interpreting data, critically discussing the implications of the findings,
- Produce a final research thesis of professional quality and standard
- Define a research question and present a research proposal, giving consideration to ethical implications (where applicable)
- Obtain ethics approval (where applicable)
- Design a research protocol defining and justifying methods to be used
- Collect, critically analyse and interpret data according to the defined methods of the research proposal, formulating appropriate conclusions
- Review, appraise and critically discuss literature directly related to the research question
- Present the findings within the protocols of a research theses (approximately 10,000 words)
Last updated: 3 November 2022