Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed for students with an interest in health economics, management and policy research. Students combine and synthesise their learning from Master of Health Economics, Management and Policy courses to prepare a research thesis. The research thesis is based on a contemporary research topic grounded in the literature and implemented through an appropriate research design incorporating effective research methods within the required time period. Students may also be required to develop an ethics application based on their proposal and gain an understanding of the skills required to manage their research and work with supervisors and potentially with healthcare sector stakeholders.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop and articulate a research problem

2. Link the research problem to an appropriate body of literature, identifying specific question(s) to be addressed

3. Select and execute an appropriate research design

4. Conduct research analysis and synthesise findings

5. Prepare thesis or article corresponding to outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4


The topics in this course include (but is not limited to) the following modules:

  1. Purpose and function of the research proposal
  2. Identifying and defending a research contribution
  3. Development of a research plan
  4. Research project management
  5. Writing a research contribution

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of 60 units of Master of Health Economics, Management & Policy courses including GSBS6380 Health Economics and Finance and GSBS6002 Foundation of Business Analysis.

Assessment items

Literature Review: Definition of Research Problem and Literature Review (30%)

Written Assignment: Research Design (20%)

Thesis: Thesis or article in collaboration with supervisor (50%)

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.