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The dissertation consists of extensive (directed) independent research with an academic supervisor.  The learning from the Graduate Diploma scaffolds to this 'real-world' project.  In addition to developing sound project management skills, this course facilitates the bigger picture - the Health Data Science pipeline is experienced from start to finish.

Support is given via weekly supervisory meetings, supplemented with additional workshops dependent on specific project requirements.  An additional early checkpoint involves the development and submission of study protocol and literature review.  The final outputs will mirror those of a real world academic setting.  Specifically the production of a manuscript to the specifications of a peer reviewed journal relevant to the project and of publishable standard.  The project is also to be disseminated orally via a 15 minute presentation (including 5 minutes of questions and answers).

Students are required to complete Graduate Diploma to a satisfactory standing to be admitted onto this course.  The choice of project could either be selected from an offered list of projects or developed from students proposals, dependent on the availability of a suitable supervisor and agreement on project topic.

Students are required to complete 24uoc in Dissertation courses over a number of terms. This can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. 

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3



Delivery Mode

Fully online

Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisites: HDAT9100, HDAT9400, HDAT9500, HDAT9700 and HDAT9800

Course Outline

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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