Beginning Student Research

The culmination of your postgraduate study is independent research. Postgraduate students have a significant role to play in creating a knowledge society by participating in creating new knowledge, and the best way to do this is by writing a thesis.

Thesis-level research is the single most important way in which you can build your ability to understand, carry out, and evaluate work of high intellectual standing. When undertaking thesis-level research in the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, you will be supervised by one or more staff members who are actively engaged in your topic, and are keen to ensure it succeeds.

Study by thesis is strongly supported within the School by drawing students into existing research programmes. This means that you get consistent lecturer support during your research (see Staff Research Profiles for information on current research programmes). Staff members in the School have a track record over many years of helping postgraduate students achieve their research goals.

To get started, please download the "Ten Steps in Managing a Student Project" document shown on this page. It has been helpful for many students in getting their research underway. Also see the School's "Protocol for Joint Authorship" document shown on this page for information on our policy on fostering publication, and ensuring authorship credit is properly assigned.

Ten Steps in Managing a Student Project June 2014.pdf (287 KB)  
Policy For Working With Research Support Staff (12 KB)

Joint authorship policy - student and staff

Joint authorship policy - staff and staff

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