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EDUC480 Research Study

Independent in-depth exploration of an educational issue, comprising either a review of relevant literature, or completion of a study approved by the Dean of the College of Education.

This 40-point paper enables you to spend the year exploring an issue of interest to you. Through either a literature-based or empirical study, you will answer a question that you have always wondered about. You will work with a supervisor for the year and can complete the paper either on campus or by distance.

Paper title Research Study
Paper code EDUC480
Subject Education
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Full Year (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,413.09
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Thesis)
Students outside of the approved programmes, with 54 300-level EDUC points, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
Students need to have a degree in education and be in either the PGDipArts (Education) or BA(Hons) (Education) programmes to complete this paper. Normally, you need to either have done or be doing a research methods paper (eg EDUC 407).
Teaching staff

The paper is co-ordinated by our Postgraduate Co-ordinator (Education Studies), and you will work with one of our teaching staff on your project.

Paper Structure
You spend the year focused on your topic. You will determine the topic and structure in your first meeting with your supervisor.
Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

It requires you to submit a report of your study (based on either literature or data) of up to 15,000 words.

Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Be able to demonstrate a high standard in conceptual thought and analysis
  • Be able to engage with current and relevant literature in the field
  • Be able to demonstrate postgraduate-level writing

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system