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Students will acquire the capacity to carry out independent research, and will demonstrate the ability to make an original contribution to knowledge in the discipline of psychology. The major difference between the Masters by Research and the PhD is that the former is more limited in scope.
Psychological Sciences hosts a number of well-equipped laboratories in which research is carried out by teams of staff members, often in collaboration with researchers from other University departments as well as affiliated institutions. Many of these laboratories have been successful in obtaining grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and other external granting bodies. These laboratories are very keen to accept postgraduate students to participate in their research programs.
Intended learning outcomes
Candidates undertake a substantial piece of original research and complete a thesis which:
- demonstrates authority in the candidate's field and shows evidence of a command of knowledge in relevant fields;
- shows that the candidate has a thorough grasp of the appropriate methodological techniques and an awareness of their limitations;
- makes a distinct contribution to knowledge which rests on originality of approach and/or interpretation of the findings and, in some cases, the development of new facts;
- demonstrates an ability to communicate research findings effectively in the professional arena and in an international context
Last updated: 10 November 2023