School of Population Health

Independent Studies

The Independent Studies elective aims to meet the diverse learning needs of our students by facilitating the option for students to propose a 6 UoC unit of in-depth study of a relevant public health, global health, health management or infectious diseases intelligence issue or topic that addresses specific learning outcomes not otherwise covered in core or elective courses taught by the School. Students must identify how the learning outcomes for the Independent Studies will contribute to the broader learning outcomes of their program. While units of study will vary in their specific learning outcomes, tasks, and assessments, students are expected to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and skills gained in their program during their Independent Studies.

During the Independent Studies course, students are expected to:

  • Identify and undertake study of a significant issue relevant to the program discipline.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to engage in scholarly inquiry to study the significant issue relevant to the program discipline.
  • Write and present a report in accordance with academic standards at a postgraduate level.

All proposals to undertake research should be submitted via the 6/12/18UoC Research Project elective options, not the Independent Studies elective.

Who is eligible to apply?

This course is available to students enrolled in the Master of Public Health, Master of Global Health, Master of Health Leadership & Management, Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence or associated dual and extension postgraduate coursework programs, who achieve a WAM of 65 or above after completion of at least 18 UoC of their program, including core courses. Students wishing to enrol in Independent Studies must obtain permission from the Program Director. 

How to enrol in an Independent Study

  1. Read the course description for the Independent Studies elective.
  2. Self-assess your eligibility to enrol in the Independent Studies elective by checking that you meet the minimum WAM of 65 or above after completion of at least 18 UoC of their program, including core courses. Your eligibility will be officially reviewed when you submit your application for enrolment.
  3. Contact academics regarding their capacity to supervise and proposal for Independent Studies (see the Early Stage Independent Studies Planning document).
  4. Complete the 'Application to undertake an Independent Study' form with your supervisor/s. This includes defining a scope of work equivalent to a 6 UoC course and assessments for the unit of study.
  5. Please return the completed application form and proposal to the School Postgraduate Coursework Office for enrolment by Monday of O-Week of the relevant term. 
  6. Once the application and proposal have been approved by the Independent Studies Coordinator and Education Support Office, you will receive an email confirming your enrolment in the research project.