Research Requirements

Students meet the research requirements of the MCP degree by completing the requirements for each research unit of study, as outlined below.

Stage Unit of Study Requirements
Semester 1 PSYC6089 Research, Ethics & Professional Practice

In the final weeks of the semester, students will attend lectures on research methods and evaluation. Students will also attend research seminars where they will hear HRD students in their final year presenting research progress.

During this semester, students will commence the process of exploring potential research areas and negotiating supervision arrangements with academic staff. The Postgraduate Coordinator (Clinical Research), using information collected from the Research Preferences form, will suggest academics with interests in the nominated areas. In addition, an afternoon slot will be scheduled when the Postgraduate Coordinator (Clinical Research) will be available to discuss research interests, if students wish to do so.

Students will plan their research project and submit a preliminary research proposal and research contract.

Semester 2 PSYC6072 Case & Research Seminars 1

Students will attend a research seminar where they will present their final research proposals (early in semester) and listen to second year students present their research study (late in semester). The format will be posters/mini presentations to allow all students to showcase their research.

Students are expected to be meeting with their supervisors during this semester to finalise aspects of their study design and methodology. If the research involves the recruitment of clinical samples off-site (PhD research), students should expect to meet with the key individuals who will be involved with their research off-campus to negotiate the details of their project, the recruitment of subjects and to ensure its feasibility. Students are required to submit a formal written research proposal, which will form the basis of the research proposal presentation in the following semester. The research proposal will be formally approved by the Postgraduate Coordinator (Clinical Research) and students wishing to begin their research earlier should submit their research proposal earlier so that it can be approved prior to submission of ethics approval.

Semester 3 PSYC6076 Research Project 1

During this unit students will be involved in data collection for their studies, with the expectation that at least a day a week will be involved in data collection and will write their literature review (min 2500 words) which will be marked by their supervisor. Students will write a progress report that contains sections including an overview of the research question and design, the start and estimated completion date of recruitment, target recruitment numbers and the total recruited to date, obstacles encountered, plans to overcome obstacles.

PSYC6073 Case & Rsearch Seminars 2 Students will attend research seminars where they will hear HRD students in their final year presenting research progress
Semester 4 PSYC6077 Research Project 2

Students will conduct analysis and interpretation of the data they have collected in their empirical research project. They will write a draft of an empirical paper that is in the form of a manuscript ready for submission to a peer reviewed international scientific journal. If appropriate, following feedback, the student and their supervisor will submit the paper for publication.

The final literature review and article will be assessed by two examiners.

Students are also expected to attend the School’s postgraduate conference and are encouraged to present their preliminary findings.

PSYC6075 Case & Rsearch Seminars 3

Students will attend a research seminar where they will listen to first year students present their final research proposals (early in semester) and will also present their own research study (late in semester). The format will be posters/mini presentations to allow all students to showcase their research.

 

Additional Requirements for MCP & PhD

Students will be expected to meet all of the School of Psychology requirements in relation to the research degree. In addition, requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy are outlined in the Resolutions of the Senate.

PhD students are encouraged to present their research at a major local/international conference, for which some funding is available from the School. If the School funds conference attendance, it is an expectation that the student will be required to present at the School’s Annual Postgraduate Conference in that year.