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Research Thesis is an inquiry-based learning course that provides an opportunity for students to bring together engineering principles learned through academic study. Students apply these principles to innovatively solve problems such as the development of a specific design, process and/or the investigation of a hypothesis.

The project a student undertakes must be a complex, open-ended problem that allows room for creativity, and the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of results. There must be multiple possible solutions or conclusions at the outset and sufficient complexity to require a degree of project planning from the student.

The thesis requires the student to become critically conversant in the academic and professional literature on a particular topic, formulate problems in engineering terms, manage an engineering project and find solutions by applying engineering methods. Students are expected to understand how their project fits within the discipline and broader societal context. Students also develop their ability to work in a research and development environment.

Apart from in exceptional circumstances, you should continue with the same supervisor and project as you had in CEIC4951 and CEIC4952.

This is the third course of the three course thesis structure. Subject to making sufficient progress in CEIC4951 and with the approval of your supervisor, you may be allowed to enroll in this course at the same time as CEIC4952.

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3



Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Completion of Research Thesis B (4952)


Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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