Major Thesis - HPS

Subject HPSC90001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular contact with supervisor throughout period of enrolment
Total Time Commitment: 40 hours each week
Prerequisites: Entry into the Master of Arts in History and Philosophy of Science - 102KD
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Students enrolling in this degree must have completed a 4 year honours degree or equivalent with a thesis component.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Helen Verran


Assoc Prof Helen Verran

Subject Overview:

A major thesis based on original research, on a topic to be approved by the course coordinator.

Faculty of Arts : The University of Melbourne


Students who successfully complete this project will

  • have undertaken advanced study in a specialized branch of History and Philosophy of Science as determined by the student.
  • have acquired research skills and an understanding of the methods required for advanced research in History and Philosophy of Science.
  • have completed a major thesis, based on original research and revealing an awareness of current theoretical directions in their chosen field.
Assessment: A major Thesis of 30,000 words (100%)
Prescribed Texts: Texts will be determined in consultation with Thesis supervisor.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this project will have:

  • improved research skills.
  • refined skills in assessing the strength of arguments, identifying theoretical assumptions, and assessing conflicting arguments.
  • acquired the ability to develop and defend one"s own position with respect to complex theoretical issues through sustained argument.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in History and Philosophy of Science (Thesis)

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