PSYCH593-22X (HAM)

Psychology Thesis

90 Points

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School of Psychology

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Paper Description

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This paper is open to suitably qualified students who, with the approval of the Associate Dean Postgraduate or their nominee, and under the supervision of one or more academic staff members with experience in the appropriate area(s), engage in research leading to the production of a thesis of not more than 50,000 words.
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Paper Structure

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After a student has been admitted to the masters thesis programme and has been allocated a supervisor, the student is expected to make contact with the supervisor to initiate the supervision process. Together, the supervisor and student will agree on a topic of study and a project that may include, but is not limited to, research with human or non-human animal participants, a meta-analysis, or a systematic literature review.

Once a topic is agreed, the student should submit a brief description of the proposed project to the Psychology Postgraduate Committee for approval.

The student should undertake the activities required to complete the project and produce a written thesis.

Ethics

Students who intend to collect data from human participants as part of their thesis are required to apply for ethics approval from the ALPSS Human Research Ethics Committee. See this link for details.

Students who intend to collect data from non-human animals as part of their thesis are required to apply for ethics approval from the University Animal Ethics Committee. Information can be found here.

Scholarships

Students may be eligible for a scholarship during their masters. Please refer to this page for information about many scholarship opportunities, here for specific information on scholarships and funding, and here for information on the University of Waikato Research Masters Scholarship.

Regulations

The regulations for dissertations and theses can be viewed here.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • produce a thesis that:
    • shows evidence of advanced knowledge about a specialist field of enquiry or professional practice
    • demonstrates mastery of sophisticated theoretical subject matter
    • evaluates critically the findings and discussions in the literature
    • shows that the student is able to research, analyse, and argue from evidence
    • shows that the student is able to work independently and apply knowledge to new situations
    • shows that the student is able to engage in rigorous intellectual analysis, criticism, and problem-solving.
    • demonstrates a high order of skill in the planning, execution, and completion of piece of original research
    • shows that the student is able to apply research skills learned during the study programme to new situations.
    • shows that the student is able to be considered for entry to doctoral studies if the degree is achieved to an appropriate standard.
    • shows that the student is able to complete research to internationally recognised standards and demonstrate a capacity for independent thinking.
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Thesis of 90 points (1)
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Assessment

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The student will submit a thesis which will be examined independently by two examiners approved by the convenor of the masters thesis programme. The thesis should be formatted according to these Thesis presentation guidelines

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Thesis of 90 points
100
  • Other: Email: exams@waikato.ac.nz
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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American Psychological Association (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).
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Online Support

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There is no Moodle page for the paper but students may use online support services such as Ask Me Anything
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Workload

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The work required to produce a 90-point thesis is expected to take 900 total hours over the course of the paper.
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