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    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, which 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Master's Thesis Preparation
    Subject Immunology
    EFTS 0.3333
    Points 40 points
    Teaching period(s) Full Year (On campus)
    1st Non standard period (15 July 2024 - 18 June 2025) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,401.99
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to

    Students must have achieved a B+ average (average GPA = 6.0 or above) over their four best MICR 300-level papers. IMMU 495 requires study within a project area related to immunology.
    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.


    Teaching staff

    Convenor: Professor Alex McLellan
    Other Lecturers: Microbiology & Immunology academic staff

    Paper Structure

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


    • Oral presentation (10%) - late Second Semester
    • Thesis (90%)
    Teaching Arrangements
    To complete this paper you will undertake a six-month research project within one of the research labs in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The research project will continue for the next 12 months for completion of the MSc degree.

    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.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this 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 their 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


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    1st Non standard period (15 July 2024 - 18 June 2025)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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