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PHSL495 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.

Paper title Master's Thesis Preparation
Paper code PHSL495
Subject Physiology
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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Limited to
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

Teaching staff

Course Convener: Professor Colin Brown
Students will work with a previously agreed upon supervisor within the Department.

Paper Structure
This paper is intended to allow you to plan and organise all of the background aspects of your MSc research project (for a 2-year MSc degree). In addition you will carry out pilot or preliminary experiments. Completion of PHSL 495 should place you in a good position to conduct the majority of your experimental work and dissertation writing in the second year.

Please note, we encourage students to consider completing a 400-level degree programme instead of the first-year MSc and subsequently complete a 1-year MSc degree.
Teaching Arrangements
The paper extends throughout the academic year.

Readings consist of original research articles.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Acquire deep knowledge and understanding of the physiology of a specific area of research
  • Develop high intellectual appreciation of the value of research to generating new knowledge, including critical evaluation, interpretation, deductive reasoning and rigour
  • Develop oral and written scientific communication skills

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system