VSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation (96)

This subject is undertaken over multiple sessions and involves placement in professional practice. Students develop a systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning in their chosen discipline and advanced cognitive, technical, and communication skills to generate new knowledge in the chosen field of learning and for the advancement of professional practice through significant original contributions to discipline knowledge. Students apply expert knowledge and skills to progress and finalise the research project. Workplace learning is also undertaken while completing the research project to systematically engage with research-led/integrated practice and satisfy requirements of relevant professional bodies (veterinary specialist colleges): the research-integrated practice will support the research outcomes of the students, as per the AQF specifications for professional doctorate degrees (AQF level 10).

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


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC713. 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



3 years minimum (6 sessions) / 4 years maximum (8 sessions)


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

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


VSC712 and VSC714

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 for examination against international standards and to communicate the results to peers, both internally and externally;
  • be able to demonstrate expert skills to design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that provides an important and original contribution to discipline knowledge and/or professional practice, and
  • be able to apply expert knowledge and skills to generate new knowledge in the context of professional practice with intellectual independence, initiative, responsibility and accountability for personal outcomes


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Undertake and complete a research project to generate new knowledge in a chosen field of professional practice
  • Deliver presentations of the research outcomes
  • Undertake placement at a veterinary enterprise which is relevant to the selected discipline and research project
  • Contribute to clinical discussion seminars
  • Preparation and completion of a research dissertation.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a less than 60 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Workplace learning (WPL) will be undertaken on and/or off  campus at a veterinary enterprise which is relevant to the selected discipline and research project. The duration of WPL is a variable amount and negotiated between the student and supervisors, with a maximum duration of 60 days distributed over the 18 month period. The maximum duration of 60 days is 25% of the allocated time for the 96 point subject of 1680-1920 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, which adheres to the specifications and purpose of the professional doctorate degree (AQF level 10).


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.