NATS 7032 MSc Major Research Project

Credit Points 40

Legacy Code 401157

Coordinator Morwenna Kirwan Opens in new window

Description This masters-level project unit in science, which is entirely online, is an opportunity for students to carry out an in-depth investigation into a subject of their own choice. The only constraint on the subject is that it must be linked to one or more of the knowledge-based objectives of a student's previous studies in this program. The project can be literature based, involve laboratory or fieldwork, or include the design and use of a questionnaire. Students will have the support and guidance of a tutor.

School Science

Discipline Natural and Physical Sciences, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 40cp

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) NATS 7040


Students must be enrolled in the online programs Master of Science or any other postgraduate program where this subject can be taken an unspecified elective and where there are sufficient credit points available in the study program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a systematic understanding, knowledge and critical awareness of a current aspect of science, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your field of study
  2. acquire a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your advanced scholarship in your chosen areas of study
  3. critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in your field of study
  4. evaluate methodologies and develop critiques and propose alternative hypotheses, where appropriate
  5. discuss complex issues both systematically and creatively and make sound judgments in the absence of complete data
  6. make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
  7. justify originality of thought in the application of knowledge
  8. communicate information and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  9. develop relevant new skills to a high level
  10. demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems
  11. act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level
  12. use ICT to locate information and to communicate with the University
  13. advance their knowledge and understanding in their chosen discipline
  14. demonstrate initiative and exercise personal responsibility
  15. demonstrate independent learning ability required for continuing professional development

Subject Content

Proposal development
Plans and audit
Critical Reading
Organising and planning the writing up of your report

Teaching Periods




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