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After a student has been admitted to the masters thesis programme and has been allocated a supervisor, the student is expected to make contact with the supervisor to initiate the supervision process. Together, the supervisor and student will agree on a topic of study and a project that may include, but is not limited to, research with human or non-human animal participants, a meta-analysis, or a systematic literature review.
Once a topic is agreed, the student should submit a brief description of the proposed project to the Psychology Postgraduate Committee for approval.
The student should undertake the activities required to complete the project and produce a written thesis.
Students who intend to collect data from human participants as part of their thesis are required to apply for ethics approval from the ALPSS Human Research Ethics Committee. See this link for details.
Students who intend to collect data from non-human animals as part of their thesis are required to apply for ethics approval from the University Animal Ethics Committee. Information can be found here.
Students may be eligible for a scholarship during their masters. Please refer to this page for information about many scholarship opportunities, here for specific information on scholarships and funding, and here for information on the University of Waikato Research Masters Scholarship.
The regulations for dissertations and theses can be viewed here.
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
produce a thesis that:
Linked to the following assessments:• Thesis of 120 points (1)
- shows evidence of advanced knowledge about a specialist field of enquiry or professional practice
- demonstrates mastery of sophisticated theoretical subject matter
- evaluates critically the findings and discussions in the literature
- shows that the student is able to research, analyse, and argue from evidence
- shows that the student is able to work independently and apply knowledge to new situations
- shows that the student is able to engage in rigorous intellectual analysis, criticism, and problem-solving.
- demonstrates a high order of skill in the planning, execution, and completion of piece of original research
- shows that the student is able to apply research skills learned during the study programme to new situations.
- shows that the student is able to be considered for entry to doctoral studies if the degree is achieved to an appropriate standard.
- shows that the student is able to complete research to internationally recognised standards and demonstrate a capacity for independent thinking.
The student will submit a thesis which will be examined independently by two examiners approved by the convenor of the masters thesis programme. The thesis should be formatted according to these Thesis presentation guidelines
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Thesis of 120 points||
Required and Recommended Readings*
Linkages to Other Papers*
Restricted papers: 0518594, 0518594P and PSYC594P