Candidates will work on an independent research project in an area of specific interest. The project may take the form of analysis of an existing data set, a systematic review of the literature, a case series, survey or other project acceptable to the project supervisor. A literature review will need to be performed to identify relevant gaps in research. The research question and objectives need to be identified. It is essential, where there is the use of patient information or recruitment of patient study subjects, that appropriate ethics approval is gained from the governing body where the project will take place. A research plan will need to be developed to prepare before commencement. Candidates must provide a letter of approval from their local supervisor that a project and research question have been identified and the relevant approvals have been obtained. A candidate must enrol in a minimum of 12 credit points of dissertation units of study in order to submit their final written work.
students will be required to have regular contact with their supervisor(s) to discuss the progress of their project. at least one of the project supervisors must be an academic staff member of the university.
up to 2, 000 word written literature review identifying gaps and developing an appropriate research question will need to be submitted to your research supervisor for written approval.
SURG5035 or SURG5003 would be beneficial but not compulsory. Undertaken in collaboration with a local supervisor who is agreeable to provide tailored guidance throughout the course of the project.