Deciding to undertake a research thesis or dissertation requires considerable planning, so investigate procedures, steps and support outlined below.
Your Supervisor/s and Student Learning Development 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 Development 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 approach to searching.
Discuss your research proposal thoroughly with your supervisor(s).
If you or your supervisor wishes to discuss your research, or has questions, you can contact the Academic Committees Office, located on the 1st Floor, Scott/Shand House, 90 St David Street, Dunedin. They administer the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee and the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee (Health).
Recommended postgraduate research texts, for example: