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    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 small scale 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Research Dissertation
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.5
    Points 60 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (15 January 2024 - 13 December 2024) (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $4,446.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    (i)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. (ii)The duration of this paper is 50 weeks.
    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 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 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


    1st Non standard period (15 January 2024 - 13 December 2024)

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