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Industry Research Project (CHEM70002)

Masters time-based researchOn Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelMasters time-based research
Subject codeCHEM70002
Time-based Research
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students enrolled in the Master of Industrial Research (Chemistry) program are required to complete a 150 point Industry-based Research Project. The research project will be conducted within industry laboratories, supervised by a member of academic staff in the Faculty of Science and by the industry collaborator.

For how long and at what time within the enrolment the actual period of leave is to be taken needs to be negotiated with a student’s supervisors.

Intended learning outcomes

  • an understanding of industry-relevant safety procedures and regulatory frameworks
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and solve problems related to chemical industries.
  • communication and technical skills to disseminate industrially-relevant research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • mastery of theoretical knowledge of the research topic and the ability to apply such knowledge to solving problems in the chemical industry

Generic skills

  • Time and project management skills.
  • The ability to interact in a cross-cultural environment
  • The ability to exercise critical judgement and operate in both an academic and industry environment, and/or with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.
  • The ability to exercise independent thinking and high-level problem solving skills.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

  • Minimum of 12 months research project to be undertaken in industry environment
  • Adherence to work-place OH&S requirements during industry placement
  • The ability to observe work-place confidentiality requirements during industry placement


  • Attendance at an industry-based safety and induction program before laboratory work commences
  • Hurdle requirement: satisfactory attendance
Early termN/A
  • A project-related seminar (up to 30 min), given after the student has enrolled in 150 points of the Research Project
  • 30 minutes
End of semester10%
  • A major thesis/project report, page limit of 60 pages, due after the student has enrolled in 150 points of the Research Project. The thesis will be examined by at least two members of academic staff from the relevant University department (not the primary University-based supervisor), and at least one external expert in the field.
  • 60 pages
End of semester35%
  • An oral examination (viva) on the content of the thesis/research report, with a panel consisting of at least two members of academic staff from the relevant department and one industry expert external to the University
  • 60 minutes
End of semester35%
  • A project overview/research proposal (up to 10 pages of mixed text, diagrams and formulas) due after the student has enrolled in 25 points of Research project (pass/fail)
  • 10 pages
  • Hurdle requirement: satisfactory submission
End of semesterN/A
  • Assessment of research performance based on attendance, application, initiative and demonstrated skills, by the project supervisors
End of semester20%

Further information

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    Prescribed texts

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Last updated: 22 January 2019