Storey Hall, City campus

Building 16, Level 7, Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, 336–348 Swanston Street, Melbourne

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21 Aug 2017

2 pm - 3:30 pm

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In a traditional thesis the writer develops and communicates research questions or problems and offers some answers or resolutions to his or her reader.


A thesis can therefore be seen as an extended argument supported by evidence. In this session, we briefly examine the history of research degrees in order to understand how the contemporary ideas of the thesis have developed and what they might mean in practice. We will then look at the essential elements of theses and some common ways in which ‘traditional’ theses are structured.

Designed for

All HDR candidates who want to explore a traditional thesis structure. It is particularly useful for those in their first year of candidature.

Candidates who would like to explore alternatives to this might also consider the Exploring alternative structures for theses workshop.

Candidates in project-based design fields might consider the Writing a dissertation in design and the creative arts workshop.

Learning outcomes

Participants will develop an understanding of common thesis structures and variations within these, which will inform their own thesis structure.


Dr Judy Maxwell