Economics Thesis Workshop

Subject ECON90059 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

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: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

All PhD students in Economics will be enrolled in this subject. A key purpose of this subject is to prepare the student for confirmation of their candidacy. Another purpose is to aid the student in the preparation and completion of their thesis. Students are expected to attend at least one a week of the several professional academic seminars/workshops run in the Department of Economics. Students are also required to meet frequently with their advisor. From this, PhD students learn how academics create economics knowledge and participate in the academic community.

Rationale: The introdution of the 4-year structure of the PhD program has prompted a review of the subjects on the books. This language is out of date and has been updated to reflect current realities.

Learning Outcomes:

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

PhD students in the first year of their program are required to attend a series of workshops. This workshop aims to introduce students to issues involved in research, such as the selection of a research topic, literature search, theoretical reasoning, data collection, presentation of results and evaluation of the limitations of a piece of research.

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.


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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Doctor of Philosophy - Business and Economics

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