PSY560 Masters Dissertation 1 (8)

This subject is the first of four 8 credit point subjects across which students will plan, execute, and write-up a professionally relevant research project. Successful completion of this subject will require students to deliver an oral research proposal, followed by a written project proposal and and attain approval for their project from their research supervisor.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY560. 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 Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Only students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology may enrol in this subject.

Students undertaking part-time progression will enrol in this subject during Session 1 of their third year.  Students undertaking full-time progression will enrol in this subject during Session 1 of their second year.




Subject Relationships

PSY563 These subjects are Masters Dissertation Subjects
PSY562 These subjects are Masters Dissertation Subjects
PSY561 These subjects are Masters Dissertation Subjects

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to utilize library and information technology appropriately to locate scholarly literature relevant to a phenomenon or problem of interest;
  • be able to understand and critically analyse the scholarly literature in order to inform the development of an appropriate research question or questions, and
  • be able to design research methodology appropriate to the research question or questions.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • planning, and formally proposing, a research project

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY560 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Session 1 residential school
Supervision contract
Research proposal

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

At this residential school students will present an oral proposal of their intended research project and receive feedback on this proposal from their peers, the Subject Coordinator and other relevant staff members.  Students will also attend sessions regarding ethical approval for research, data management and data analysis.


The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.