psy6dra doctoral thesis a




Credit points: 20

Subject outline

In this subject students are required to develop a topic for research. This is achieved by writing a 1,500-word research proposal read by the subject convenor and one other Faculty member, due in April. The proposal needs to contain a brief survey of research, gaps that need attention and a way of dealing with one of them. It must also contain a timetable for completion of the project, a timetable for ethics approval, and a list of major tasks to be completed. A 4,000-word literature review is required at the end of July, but requiring expansion to a 15,000-word chapter once a student is approved to complete the doctoral degree.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points20

Subject Co-ordinatorGeoff Denham

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 6 - Doctoral

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is available to Doctor of Counselling Psychology students only and will run subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEvidence-based policy: A realist perspectivePrescribedPawson, R. 2006SAGE, LONDON
ReadingsEvidence-based practices in mental healthPrescribedNorcross, J. C., Beutler, L. E. & Levant, R. F. (Eds.) 2006AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, WASHINGTON DC
ReadingsPsychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy ResearchPrescribedSociety for Psychotherapy ResearchTBA
ReadingsQualitative inquiry: Approaches to language and literacy researchPrescribedKamberelis, G. & Dimitriadis, G. 2005TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK AND LONDON

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. TBA


Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeoff Denham

Class requirements

Seven 13.0 hours seminar per study period and delivered via face-to-face.
"thirteen 3-hour seminars plus 13 hours of individual study directed by the subject supervisor."

Supervised Research
One 13.0 hours supervised research per study period and delivered via blended.
"thirteen 3-hour seminars plus 13 hours of individual study directed by the subject supervisor."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 1,500-word research proposal4001
one 4,000-word literature review60