Differences in Major and Minor Research Projects

When deciding on a research project, you should consider whether you want to enrol in a Minor or Major Research Project (25 or 50 points), and whether you want to complete your research in one semester, or over two semesters.

Topic Minor Research Project Major Research Project
Credit Points 25 50

The minimum research project credit point requirement is 25 credit points in the Masters of Food Science.

Masters of Agricultural Science students can choose between research projects (major/minor) and Internship.

Please find more details in the Handbook.

You CANNOT enrol in BOTH a Minor and Major Project as part of your program

Duration Generally one semester in length (AGRI90070) unless approval is obtained for a project done over consecutive semesters (AGRI90079 and AGRI90081) Generally year long commencing in Semester 1 (AGRI90080 and then AGRI90082 in Semester 2) unless approval is given for a semester-long project (AGRI90072).

Proposal (Due end week 4) 1,500 words 30%

Report (Due start of exam period) 7,500 +/- 10% words depending upon topic 50%

Oral Presentation 15 mins + 5 mins for questions 20%

Proposal (Due end Week 5) 1,500 words 10%

Report (Due start of exam period) 15,000 +/- 10% words depending upon topic 75%

Oral Presentation 15 mins + 5 mins for questions 15%
Pre-requisites Undertaking a major or minor research project is conditional upon obtaining approval from a supervisor with consideration to appropriate subjects undertaken in your Masters.
Pre-requisite N/A NRMT90003 Social Research Methods or AGRI90075 Research Methods For Life Sciences must be studied either before or at the same time as the major research project.
Recommended N/A

Compared to the minor research project, the major project requires deeper and higher-level analysis.

In order to complete the major project to a high level, a GPA of 75+ is recommended in preceding coursework subjects.

A research project will be required for students planning for a PhD pathway.

Topic Approval

The Project Approval form requires the signature of a supervisor.

Scan and upload the form to Stop 1 using the Enrolment Variation Form.

  1. When filling out the enrolment variation form, select 'Add Subject' and click 'Yes' when asked if you have tried to amend your study plan. You will then be able to upload your approval form as a Subject Variation Document.

You are also required to scan and upload the form to the LMS once enrolled.