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MICR495 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 ability to carry out original cutting-edge scientific research is essential for students who want to pursue a research career or further study. This paper has a significant research component that will expose you to advanced topics in microbiology (MICR 495) or immunology (IMMU 495). The research project will be of a high professional standard and will be supervised by academics of international scientific standing. You will attain high-level skills in experimental planning, logistics and data analysis, as well as advanced oral and written presentation skills. This paper offers you the opportunity to develop interpersonal skills in a genuine research environment.

Paper title Master's Thesis Preparation
Paper code MICR495
Subject Microbiology
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year (On campus)
1st Non standard period (10 July 2023 - 19 June 2024) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,309.34
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to

Students must have achieved a B+ average (average GPA = 6.0 or above) over the four best MICR 300-level papers.


Teaching staff

Convenor: Professor Alexander McLellan
Other Lecturers: Microbiology and Immunology academic staff

Paper Structure

MICR 495 is the research project component for the first-year part of a two-year MSc.


  • End of year progress report (90%)
  • End of year project talk (10%)
Teaching Arrangements
To complete this paper you will undertake a six-month research project within one of the research laboratories in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Research project will continue for the next 12 months for completion of the MSc degree.

Staff will introduce available research projects in the first week of the first semester during the introductory week for fourth-year Microbiology. MICR 495 has no formal classes.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course readings are reviews and original papers from the literature.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the paper, students will:

  • Be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of research-based microbiology and immunology as a stepping stone to the final year of your MSc
  • Display advanced knowledge of fundamental and applied microbiology and immunology, with the ability to assimilate complex information on a spectrum of interdisciplinary topics and to use this knowledge for applications in the workplace
  • Possess an enhanced ability to communicate ideas about science to a lay and specialised audience

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

1st Non standard period (10 July 2023 - 19 June 2024)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system