Shorter Thesis - HPS

Subject HPSC90003 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with thesis supervisor throughout period of enrolment.
Total Time Commitment:

30 hours each week


Enrolment in the Master of Arts by Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis in History and Philosophyof Science (102KE)


Whilst enrolled in HSPC90003 students will normally enrol in 2 of the following subjects:

HPSC40002 Directed Study HPSC40016 Classic Texts in HPS HPSC40017 Sociology of Science and Technology

Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge gained in the completion of a 4 year Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Helen Verran


Dr Gerhard Wiesenfeldt

Subject Overview:

Candidates will undertake research on a topic approved by the course coordinator under supervision of an academic member of staff.


Successful students will

  • develop a research proposal.
  • focus their research questions to an appropriate degree.
  • write clearly and concisely.

A thesis of 20,000 - 22,000 words 100% due at the end of the candidature.

Prescribed Texts:

Appropriate texts will be determined in consultation with the thesis supervisor.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Successful students will

  • develop skills in written and oral communication.
  • conduct independent research.
  • make appropriate use of primary and secondary sources in mounting an argument.
  • form defensible judgements based on a critical evaluation of conflicting arguments.
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