VSC615 Veterinary Masters Dissertation (32)

This subject is undertaken over a minimum of one session and a maximum of two sessions and involves placement in professional practice. Students demonstrate the application of a body of knowledge and skills for research and scholarship in their chosen discipline/field of work.

This subject involves placement in professional practice to systematically engage with research led/integrated practice and undertake and complete the clinical research project. Students develop advanced knowledge and research skills and apply these to conduct a clinical research project and produce a body of significant and original clinical research outcomes. Students will develop cognitive and technical skills to design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate the clinical research, leading to significant original contributions to the discipline knowledge and professional practice.

Students will produce a body of original research outcomes in the form of a dissertation for independent examination by external examiners.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC615. 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



minimum 1 session / maximum 2 sessions


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

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



Subject Relationships

VSC613 VSC615 replaces VSC613

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

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


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Undertake and complete the chosen clinical research project, including data collection and analysis, interpretation of results and preparation of the dissertation
  • Deliver a presentation of the research outcomes to an audience to demonstrate the student's understanding and ability for communication of the research project's methods, results and outcomes
  • Undertake placement in a veterinary enterprise which is relevant to the selected discipline for work-place learning and experiential opportunities and develop skills for the integration of research and professional veterinary practice
  • Preparation and completion of a dissertation of a body of work from the clinical research project

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 20 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The Workplace Learning (WPL) is undertaken at a veterinary enterprise which is relevant to the selected discipline and the research project. The duration of WPL is a variable amount and negotiated between the student and supervisors, with a maximum duration of 20 days distributed over the duration of the subject. The maximum duration of 20 days is 25% of the allocated time for the 32 point subject of 560-640 hours (the subject workload hours align with the CSU Subject Outlines policy of 140-160 hours/8 pts). The WPL is designed for students to undertake research in the context of professional practice and to develop capacity for research-integrated practice.

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.