Request for Approval to Enrol in HUMS508 (Major Research Project)

Prerequisite requirements for enrolment in the unit:

Candidature in a postgraduate award and Distinction GPA (6) in the course.

Unit Description:

This unit is designed to allow students to undertake an individual research project of interest to them. It is expected that the student will develop a topic appropriate to the HUMS508 Major Research Project for approval by the supervisor. Students will work with a member of staff to design, conduct and present a major research project.

If you require further information, please contact the Academic Coordinator for the School of Humanities, Trish Wright (

Some students will undertake the unit because it offers the flexibility to research and write a major piece of work and hence is good practice for those wanting to go on to further research work.

HUMS508 is a year long, 12 credit point unit. It requires a research proposal and a 14,000-15,000 word research project. The research project is the only assessable piece of work.

Supervision Acceptance:

Acceptance by a staff member is based upon a variety of factors including but not limited to the following:

  • The academic record of the student;
  • The availability of appropriate supervision in the proposed topic;
  • The viability of the suggested topic.


Students are required to submit a 1200-1500 word research proposal (not less than SIX weeks prior to the commencement of the trimester they wish to enrol in) containing the following:

A written, cogent, proposal of the topic, which must include a thesis statement, and/or a problem to be solved, and/or a question to be answered, and/or a line of argument to be explored. The proposal should underscore the main thrust of the research, its central issues or questions, and any relevant secondary concerns. The proposal must explain why the research project is important, how it fits with existing scholarship, and how your work will contribute to knowledge in that field. The proposal must also include a preliminary bibliography which enumerates the sources (both primary and secondary) upon which the research will be predicated. What are the sources and in what ways are they relevant to the proposed research topic?


The penultimate draft of the finished product should reach your supervisor at least a month before the due date for submission. This allows time for comments to be made, the research project returned to you and corrections and rewritings completed to meet the deadline. If you wish such feedback then it is up to you to ensure that you submit your drafts in time for your supervisor to make comment and for you to take advantage of that comment.

Submission of the dissertation will be 39 weeks from the commencement of the trimester for which a candidate is enrolled and will not be tied to trimester dates.

It is important to gain the supervisor’s agreement that the research project is ready for assessment.

Request for Approval to Enrol in HUMS508 (Major Research Project)

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This will be placed as an academic note on your academic record.
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NB: It is the student’s responsibility to approach a member of the School of Humanities academic staff about supervision of their project and to do this BEFORE submitting this form.
Please upload your typed research proposal (1200-1500 words) to this application (see Requirements for details requested).