Thesis by Publication Model

Thesis by Publication Model

Macquarie University Special Education Centre

A thesis must form a distinct contribution to knowledge either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power. The thesis as a whole should be focussed on a single project or set of related questions and should present an integrated body of work, reflecting a coherent program of research.

MUSEC uses the thesis by publication model, the preferred approach at Macquarie University. The basic structure of a thesis by publication is as follows.

  • An introduction providing a coherent overview of the background of the thesis, the research questions and the structure and organisation of the remaining chapters. The distinct contribution of the thesis should be clearly identified.
  • A number of chapters, each written in the format of self-contained journal articles. These chapters should be published, in press or submitted. Where articles are published, they do not need to be reformatted for inclusion in the thesis. Each chapter should be prefaced by a brief introduction outlining how the chapter fits into the program of research and, in the case of jointly authored chapters, the student's contribution should be clearly specified.
  • The final chapter should provide an integrative conclusion, drawing together all the work described in the other parts of the thesis and relating this back to the issues raised in the Introduction.

The length should be 50,000-70,000 words for a Doctorate and 20,000-40,000 words for a Master of Philosophy.

For further details see information refer to the Higher Degree Research website.


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