Deciding to undertake a research thesis or dissertation requires considerable planning, so investigate procedures, steps and support outlined below.
Your Supervisor/s and the Student Learning Centre will work with you on the stages in developing your thesis. Subject Librarians can provide support during these specific stages* :
1. Writing your thesis topic outline
Remember to consult the relevant official study pages :
as well as postgraduate pages from your Department or Division.
Your department will provide support and training to undertake your research thesis or dissertation.
Student Learning Centre run special postgraduate courses for you post enrolment, e.g.:
Graduate Research School run workshops for graduate research candidates in Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.
Does your research involve collection of data?
Managing research data makes it easier to locate, access, and use data at all stages of its lifecycle.
Managing your data - Library guide on creation to documentation, to access, storage, reuse and preservation.
Use these tools as you brainstorm your topic and refine your research question.
Read more about applying a systematic review to searching.
Discuss your research proposal thoroughly with your supervisor(s).
Research consultation with Māori - provides a policy framework for consultation with Māori on your research process and goals.
TREAD - The Research Ethics Application Repository - hosted by the Global Health Network and the UK Social Research Association, formerly TEAR
Ethics approval for research involving human participants or animals is required to ensure all research complies with national, and university guidelines, and any legislative requirements. The application must be submitted and signed by your supervisor and reviewed and signed by your HoD.
If you or your supervisor wishes to discuss your research, or has questions, you can contact the Academic Committees Office, in the Clocktower Building, G22 and G26, as they administer the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee and the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee (Health).
Recommended postgraduate research texts, for example: