University of Technology Sydney

76040 Research Thesis

6cp; availability: all students in LLB and LLB combined programs, and who are in line to receive their law degree with Honours
Requisite(s): (71116 Remedies AND (70120 Legal Method and Research OR 70102 Foundations of Law) AND 76090 Research Methodology)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 77740 Research Paper AND 78102 LLM Project by Research


Faculty of Law coursework research subjects are open to enrolment by application only.


This elective subject comprises the research and writing of a supervised thesis on an approved topic in law. This subject must be undertaken before a student can be awarded an undergraduate law degree with honours. The thesis comprises a 10,000 word thesis in the format of an academic article. Students engage in high order legal research and scholarship appropriate to legal practice and future higher degree academic study.

Students have the opportunity to critically analyse and evaluate a topic of law of their own choosing. Students apply the research skills and knowledge gained in 76090 Research Methodology by refining the thesis topic and applying an appropriate methodology to answer the research question identified. Students further develop their communication and research skills by writing a sustained and persuasive argument that demonstrates the ability to articulate legal issues, evaluate and synthesise research materials, and to think creatively and strategically. Students are required to attend an initial workshop and engage in discussion on central aspects for the submission of a well-crafted thesis. This includes discussion of methodology; writing skills; integrity and time management. Students are also required to attend a writing workshop which is held mid-session. Students are supported through the process of writing the thesis by their academic supervisor who provides feedback on the progress of the thesis and student learning. Students also develop skills in self-management by undertaking self-directed work and learning and by responding to and applying feedback.


This subject was formerly called Research Project 4.

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