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FOSC495 Master's Thesis Preparation

Preparation of a thesis proposal/preliminary thesis research. Normally taken by students in the papers year for a Master’s degree by papers and thesis.

The aim of this paper is to provide students with experience in preparing, writing and communicating research proposals. FOSC 495 focuses on the skills needed for carrying out a research project, where students use their own (proposed Master's) research topic to fulfil the requirements for each assessment. This will promote engagement in the research topic as well as provide a forum for students to present their proposed work to the Department of Food Science.

Paper title Master's Thesis Preparation
Paper code FOSC495
Subject Food Science
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,024.60
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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FOSC 496
Limited to
MSc, PGDipSc

FOSC 495 is a compulsory project-based paper for students undertaking a research Master of Science degree (MSc in Food Science or Consumer Food Science) by papers and thesis.

FOSC 495 may also, in some circumstances, be approved for students undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Food Science or Consumer Food Science. Please talk to a Food Science Course Adviser or the Fourth Year Co-ordinator, Dr Mirosa, if you are interested in this option prior to paper selection in eVision.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Miranda Mirosa
One or more specific project supervisors will be assigned once a project is allocated.

Paper Structure

The paper structure will consist of:

  • Major literature review (25%)
  • Oral presentation of thesis proposal (10%)
  • Written thesis proposal and budget (15%)
  • Mini research report (40%)
  • Supervisor Assessment (10%)
Teaching Arrangements

FOSC 495 is a full-year (ie two-semester) paper.

While learning is self-directed, staff feedback is provided on all assignments.

The expected total of contact and non-contact hours for this paper is 400 hours, including hours for the preparation of the assessment.

There is no prescribed textbook for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Global perspective.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper are expected to:

  • Be able to write literature review on the given scientific topic
  • Be able to prepare a research proposal and the budget required to complete the research project
  • Be able to communicate the research proposal and research plan
  • Be able to conduct preliminary research and write a report on the finding

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22, 28-34, 36-41