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EDUC580 MEd Dissertation

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

A supervised research dissertation of up to 25,000 words on an approved topic.

This 60-point paper enables you to spend the year exploring an issue of interest to you. You will identify a question that you believe needs answered and then plan, conduct and write up the results of a study aimed at answering this question. During this process you will also gain valuable research experience. You will work with a supervisor for the year and can complete the paper either on campus or by distance.

Paper title MEd Dissertation
Paper code EDUC580
Subject Education
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points 60 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (24 February 2020 - 8 February 2021), 1st Non standard period (24 February 2020 - 8 February 2021)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,094.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $13,983.00

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54 300-level EDUC or EDUX points
EDUX 580
Limited to
The duration of this paper is 12 months.
Students need to have at least a year's experience studying education and be in the Master of Education programme to do this paper. Normally, you need to have done or be doing a research methods paper (e.g. EDUC 407).
Teaching staff
The paper is coordinated by our Associate Postgraduate and Distance Co-ordinator (Education Studies), Dr David Berg, and you will work with one of our teaching staff on your project.
Paper Structure
You will spend approximately 12 months working on your research study, with the support of a supervisor.
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is completed either on campus or by distance. It requires you to submit a report of your study of up to 25,000 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, Ethics, 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
  • Apply an appropriate methodology to obtain useful data
  • Demonstrate postgraduate-level writing, particularly in the analysis of collected data and the conclusions from such analysis.

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1st Non standard period (24 February 2020 - 8 February 2021)

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

1st Non standard period (24 February 2020 - 8 February 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system