Economics Thesis Workshop

Subject ECON90030 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: An intensive workshop to be held in the week prior to the beginning of semester 1 and up to 6 hours of seminars held at various times throughout the year.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester
Prerequisites: Admission to the PhD program in Economics
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof David Harris


Department of Economics
Level 5, Economics and Commerce Building
The University of Melbourne

Phone: (+61 3) 8344 5289
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Subject Overview: All PhD students in Economics will be enrolled in this subject. A number of seminars will be held during the year to discuss various aspects of the program including bibliographic and other resources available to students and a range of analytical and empirical research methods and techniques used in economics. Amongst other things, the workshops provide a forum for students to discuss and develop their own research proposals. All PhD Students are expected to attend at least one a week of the several professional academic seminars/workshops run in the Department of Economics. From this, PhD students learn how academics create economics knowledge and participate in the academic community.
Objectives: This subject prepares and supports students in writing their PhD thesis. A PhD thesis is a substantial piece of original research. The requirements of a PhD thesis are described in the PhD Handbook, available from the School of Graduate Studies or at

On successful completion of this subject students will have completed a thesis that has been awarded a PhD. The thesis should:

  • Demonstrate authority in the candidate's field and shows evidence of a command of knowledge in relevant fields.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the appropriate methodological techniques and an awareness of their limitations.
  • Make a distinct contribution to knowledge that rests on originality of approach and/or interpretation of the findings and, in some cases, the discovery of new facts.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate research findings effectively in the professional arena and in an international context.
  • Be a careful, rigorous and sustained piece of work demonstrating that a research "apprenticeship" is complete and the holder is admitted to the community of scholars in the discipline.
Assessment: Seminar presentations and participation. The subject is assessed on a pass/fail basis.
Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Ph.D.-Economics and Commerce

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