PG Thesis

Postgraduate coursework students are required to do an advanced thesis research project. This project involves an independent investigation at an advanced level and may include research, design, feasibility or other analysis requiring integration of knowledge and evaluation across a range of topics in the area of specialisation.

For most students, this is the most significant single piece of work in their university career, and should be an intellectually engaging and an enjoyable experience.

For more information regarding online thesis writing support for honours students, please check this website.

Please click on your school to find more information regarding your advanced thesis research project.

Biomedical Engineering

Masters Thesis C is only available to high achieving students with prior written School approval.

8338 - Master of Engineering Science Thesis Requirements

As part of the Master of Engineering Science program there is a Thesis requirement that needs to be met before graduation. This includes the following courses:

  • Master’s Thesis C - BIOM9914 (12 uoc) or BIOM9020 (6 uoc) + BIOM9021 (6uoc) over 2 terms.
  • Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills - GSOE9010 (6 uoc). Students may also substitute GSOE9010 Eng PG Coursework Res Skills if they have advanced standing for their undergraduate research project for GSOE9220 Launching a Startup (6 uoc) or GSOE9445 Entrepreneurial Engineering (6 uoc).

 Special Note: If you have completed a Thesis in your undergraduate studies or in a previous Master’s program, you may be exempt from Master’s Thesis C. If this is the case, the 12 uoc can instead be replaced by more coursework courses from Biomedical Engineering Electives. To receive an exemption you must provide a request in writing and a copy of your undergraduate academic transcript as evidence of a completed undergraduate research project.

8660 – Master of Biomedical Engineering

As part of the Master of Biomedical Engineering program completing a thesis project is optional. Students can elect to undertake Thesis C (12 uoc). There are two ways of undertaking thesis:

  • BIOM9914 (12 uoc completed in one term, or
  • BIOM9020 (6 uoc) + BIOM9021 (6uoc) completed over two terms.

How to apply

In the months prior to commencing your thesis the school office will contact you with instructions on how to select a thesis topic and supervisor. You will be sent a log-in password to enable you to access the Thesis Topic Database in Moodle. Browse the database and select your three preferred project. When you have identified a topic of interest, contact the supervisor to discuss your ideas and see if they will be able to accept you as a research student. Projects will be allocated based on student preferences and supervisor loads.

Chemical Engineering

Postgraduate coursework students are required to do 24 UOC of research coursework. Students must first take GSOE9010 or GSOE9011 Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills. Then students should enrol in CEIC9951, CEIC9952 and CEIC9953, also known as Advanced Research Thesis A, B & C, respectively. These three 6 UOC courses should be taken in consecutive terms.

Students taking a Research Thesis need a project supervisor. As explained in the table below, different processes are followed depending on the term in which you intend to start. The Research Projects page on Moodle provides a range of information and FAQs about the different stages of Research Thesis, including how to find a supervisor. The enrolment key for students is co3shyh.

Intended session for starting thesis projectSign up to the Research Projects moodle moduleSelect your supervisor
Summer Semesterin Octoberusing the preference nomination tool in November
Term 1 or 2in Octoberusing the preference nomination tool in November
After Octoberor if you weren't assigned one of your preferred supervisors, – use the "Choose, change* or check your supervisor" tool in Moodle to directly assign yourself to one of the available supervisors
Term 3in Julyuse the "Choose, change* or check your supervisor" tool between mid-August and mid-September, to directly assign yourself to one of the available supervisors

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering

8338 - Masters of Engineering Science Thesis Requirements

As part of the Masters of Engineering Science program there is a Thesis requirement that needs to be met before graduation. This includes the following courses:

  • Master’s Thesis A - CVEN9931,
  • Master’s Thesis B - CVEN9932 and
  • Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills - GSOE9010 or GSOE9011- (Distance version) Engineering Postgraduate Research Essentials (6 UOC). Students may also substitute GSOE9010 Eng PG Coursework Res Skills if they have advanced standing for their undergraduate research project for GSOE9220 Launching a Startup (6 UOC).

Please note that Master’s Thesis A & B are to be completed in two consecutive terms. These are typically your final two terms of your Masters of Engineering Science program.

As a student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering you will fall under one of the following 3 categories:

  1. You have exemptions on your record that include ‘GSOE8312 – Enquiry based ‘. – This means you are already exempt and do not need to do complete a Thesis and do not need to complete Masters Thesis A & B. You will however still need to study the Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills course.
    This can be viewed by logging on to www.my.unsw.edu.au > view the ‘student profile tab’> view academic statement.
  2. You may have exemptions on your record that do not include the above mentioned credits – This means you are not exempt and must complete Master’s Thesis A & B and the Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills course.
  3. You have not applied for any exemptions at the time of application. -  You may still be waived from completing Masters A & B.

If you fall under category 2 or 3 and want to be exempt please fill in the enrolment variation form in this link: https://www.engineering.unsw.edu.au/civil-engineering/student-resources/policies-procedures-and-forms/enrolment-variation-forms We will assess your eligibility and respond accordingly.

If you have completed a Thesis in your undergraduate studies or in a previous Master’s program, you may be exempt from Master’s Thesis A & B without shortening your program. If this is the case. The 12UOC can instead be replaced by more coursework courses. (GSOE9010/9011 or GSOE9220 must be completed regardless of circumstance)

8621 - Master of Engineering Thesis Requirements

As part of the Masters of Engineering Program (Program 8621) there is a Thesis requirement that must be met. This includes the following courses:

Master’s Thesis A CVEN9931 & Master’s Thesis B CVEN9932

Please note that these courses are to be completed in your second year of study which are to be completed in two consecutive terms. It is very important you begin looking for supervision well before the start of the selected term you wish to commence your Thesis to ensure you do not run into any complications.

If you MUST complete a Thesis please see the form in the link below. 
This will include all relevant information that you need to apply for a Thesis.

After reading the form carefully follow the below information to find a supervisor internally.

Finding a Supervisor internally

Please note that our academic staffs are not obliged to supervise you. You must present yourselves to them and only if the academic sees there is genuine interest in their topics will they consider supervising you.

Please ensure you are always polite in your email. Do not ‘demand’ supervision, it should be a request. 

Please follow the below guidelines when emailing academic staff

  1. Find a suitable topic in an area of your interest in Student Intranet 
    (Please note that this list of research projects may not be complete and that further thesis topics may be available)
  2. Look up academic staff ensuring their background and area of expertise is appropriate for your research
  3. Email the academic with the following information:
  • Explanation of your interest in the area
  • Education and work background
  • Request a meet time to discuss potential research topics. (If you are overseas and cannot meet before the start of the term, arrange a skype chat.)

Computer Science and Engineering

As part of the Master of Information Technology requirements, students must complete a capstone course  that involves team based project work - COMP9900. More information on this course can be found at the course website: http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~cs9900

Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

All information about PG Thesis is located in Moodle. Please follow the steps mentioned below which will guide you on how to enrol yourself into Moodle.

All information about PG Thesis is located in Moodle. Please follow the steps mentioned below which will guide you on how to enrol yourself into Moodle.

This brochure is intended for all PG project (e.g. ELEC9120, ELEC9771) students who will start Part A in the forthcoming term.

Please follow the steps shown below:

Step 1: Please go to: http://moodle.telt.unsw.edu.au/course/view.php?id=20890 and enrol yourself as a student; the self-enrolment key is EETTPstudent 

Step 2: This Moodle portal ‘EET School Thesis/Project’ is set up to help students find a supervisor and a thesis/project topic to work on. You can view the research profiles of prospective supervisors and topics by clicking on the ‘Research Topics’ icon. Please note that the topics list is only indicative and may not show all the topics available. Supervisors may have other new topics in mind or you may want to propose your own topic that matches the supervisor’ interests and expertise. 

When you have found a supervisor with a topic that suits your interests, you are required to contact this person to discuss your intention. If you both agree to team up, ask the supervisor to email you to confirm approval of the topic title. You can then proceed to register. Warning: registration must be done as soon as approval is granted (within 1 week). Supervisors have the right to void late registrations.  

Step 3: Go into Moodle ‘EET School Thesis/Project’, click ‘Registration’ icon then click ‘Select Supervisor’. Find your supervisor name and click the action box to become a member. 

Step 4: From the home page, click ‘Registration’ icon then click ‘Register Topic’, ‘Add Entry’ and enter your details and topic title. 

Step 5: Furthermore, you must enrol in the appropriate thesis/project course code on myUNSW, as you would normally enroll in other courses. 

If you have any further questions, please contact the Thesis/Project Coordinator

Your program determines which project code students should enrol into. 

Quick enrolment guide:

Program code

Project code enrolment

MEngSci 8338ELEC9771 & ELEC9772
ME 8621ELEC9120 & ELEC9121
BEME 3731 and 3736ELEC9120 & ELEC9121

 

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Students enrolled in the Master of Engineering Science program (program code 8338), Master of Engineering [Mechanical Engineering] program (program code 8621) and the Master of Engineering Science Extension program (program code 8539) are required to complete a 12UOC research project. Work-based projects are encouraged by practising engineers provided they meet the requirements of advanced independent study. Work-based projects must be approved by the Program Authority or Director of P/G Teaching prior to enrolment. Students will enrol over two terms, completing Part A (6UOC) in their second last term, and Part B (6UOC) in their final term.

The School has a special Moodle for securing thesis topics, which you can self-enrol in at any time. Login to Moodle through this link with your zID and zPass, then use the student enrolment key: engmecht (see image below) 

 

Your first stop when accessing this Moodle should be the "First Steps" box and the "Thesis Topic Selection Guideline" document (see images below).

 

Your next stop should be the Frequently Asked Questions below, where you can find answers to many of your questions: 

1. How do I find a topic?

There are a wide range of topics available for you to choose and you can even come up with your own, the choice is yours!

For instance, you may choose to formulate your own thesis topic and can register your topic through Moodle, once you have the agreement of your supervisor. You may wish to select a topic based on areas of engineering interest, extracurricular interests (such as Redback Racing or the sUNSWift team), or preference for working with a particular academic in your field. Preformulated topics are also available on the Thesis Moodle. Take a look! 

Please note: 8338 students are not required to find a supervisor as you will complete a group thesis instead.

2. How do I find an academic advisor?

​Thesis Moodle! There is a database with pre-existing topics and a supervisor database that lists their research interests.

Please note: 8338 students are not required to find a supervisor as you will complete a group thesis instead.

3. I am an employed engineer. Can I do a project based on my work?

​Projects based on current employment are highly encouraged! However, they must meet the requirements of advanced independent study. In addition, work-based projects must be approved by the Thesis Coordinator prior to enrolment.

4. How do I submit my thesis?

​All thesis assessment submission are in soft copy form:

  1. Submit 1 copy to the Thesis B submission box
  2. Submit 1 copy to the Turnitin, via the link in the submission block on your Thesis B Moodle

        *This is the same for both undergraduates and postgraduates.

The thesis submission deadline is generally Monday of Week 13 in each semester. If in doubt, consult your Thesis Course Outline.

5. Where do I get more information?

​Each term, students enrolled in courses offered by the School will receive an email invitation to attend a talk given by the Thesis Coordinator. In this talk, she will introduce you to the process and answer any questions you may have.

There is also A LOT of information available on the Thesis Moodle. If you have any questions regarding your thesis, please make a post in the Moodle forum so that everyone can see the response from Tracie Barber. Check it out!

For any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Mining Engineering

MINE8440 Mining Industry Research Project I is a core requirement for postgraduate Masters level students to demonstrate a substantial research project or scholarship. The research course is also available for Graduate Diploma level students, and is essential for these students who are intending to articulate to the Masters level.

With permission from the School, and consistent with Program rules, this course can be extended as MINE8445 with significantly more comprehensive research and thesis.

Note: Permission to enrol in this course requires written evidence of industry support and/or agreement of an academic supervisor in the School. Industry support is essential for research projects that are to be extended for Masters programs that require MINE8445, and is highly recommended for Graduate Diploma programs. Industry support is to include in-kind contributions from industry staff, access to relevant site data and/or samples and/or resources to support applied research. Industry agreement to publish results of the research is required, or an agreement to publish aggregated results that do not identify specific mine sites or confidential information. Alternatively, academic supervisors offer research projects as part of applied research programs.

You can find all information regarding topics, supervision and submission on the MINE8440 Moodle page. You are required to follow the process as stated there.

 

Petroleum Engineering

 

Enrolment Procedure

a) Students must find a member of the academic staff who is happy to supervise them by COB 10 March (in S1) and 4 August (in S2).

b) Complete a "Thesis Nomination" form (below) and get it signed by the prospective supervisor and submit it to the "Shared Services" before the commencement of the term enrolment.

c) Add their name to the "Supervisor Group" on Moodle and upload an electronic version of the signed form to Moodle.

Note

Please see below a list of thesis topics advertised by academics for students.  Each supervisor has a prescribed limit for how many students they are accepting. Once a supervisor reaches their limit then students have to pick some other topic. You are not guaranteed a project with a supervisor unless you have a signed form. Project Nomination forms are on Moodle site.

Report Template as a 10 page scientific manuscript

Students are required to submit their Interim Report to their supervisors in a below specified format in no more than 10 pages (SPE format). Such format is encouraged to give students the ability to prepare a scientific manuscript that could be submitted to a journal upon successful completion of the research project.

These written reports must include introduction, motivation, literature review, methodology, research proposal, bibliography and timeline for the completion of the project in the second half of their research project.

Accessing the SPE Proceedings Paper Template

http://www.spe.org/authors/papers.php

For any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Please see below a list of thesis topics advertised by academics for students commencing their thesis session , some of these topics were run last year so may not be available next year.  Each supervisor has a prescribed limit for how many students they are accepting. A table will be posted noting how many students each supervisor will take and how many students they have so far. Once a supervisor reaches their limit please look for someone else. You are not guaranteed a project with a supervisor unless you have a signed form.

1. Schedule your appointment with your supervisor

2. Get your thesis nomination form signed by your supervisor

Be aware that the number of candidate places available for some of these projects is quite limited. So, it is a case of first come, first served.

Once you and your supervisor have agreed, you must complete and submit a Thesis Nomination Form (details follow)

 Project Nomination forms are on Moodle site.

The University has a legal obligation to provide a healthy and safe workplace for employees and students. Students must follow reasonable directions of their supervisors and the Course Coordinator.

One way in which our safety is protected is through the preparation, review and approval of Risk Assessments. Students intending to carry out practical work are required to prepare or otherwise obtain a Risk Assessment for approval by their supervisor and by the Space Manager in whose space the work is to be done.

Click on the links in Moodle for information and Safety Operating Procedure and Risk Assessment Templates

For any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.