VSC613 Veterinary Masters Dissertation (32)

This subject involves placement in professional practice to undertake a clinical research project. Candidates develop advanced knowledge and skills underpinning the requirements of professional practice and conduct a clinical research project while undertaking Workplace Learning in an enterprise. Candidates will produce a body of significant and original clinical research/investigation outcomes. Skills in the design, implementation, analysis and communication of clinical research/investigation will be obtained, leading to significant original contributions to the discipline knowledge and professional practice.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC613. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

The subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Veterinary Studies.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Produce significant and original research/investigation outcomes
  • Develop and demonstrate effective communication skills to present the results of original research/investigation outcomes for external review/examination against international standards and to communicate the results to peers, both internally and externally
  • Develop and demonstrate skills to design, prepare, undertake and complete, analyse, theorise and communicate research/investigation that provides an important and original contribution to discipline knowledge and/or professional practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Undertake placement in an on-campus enterprise which is relevant to the selected discipline
  • Undertake an individual clinical research project
  • Deliver at least one presentation of the research outcomes
  • Preparation and completion of a dissertation of a body of work from the clinical research project

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 50 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The Workplace learning will be undertaken at an enterprise, which is relevant to the selected discipline, and will be undertaken in parallel with the clinical research porject in a part-time capacity.  The amount of Workplace Learning is variable and is negotiated between the candidate and supervisor(s).


Current Students

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Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.