Research and Industry Subjects

Research and Industry subjects at the OEP

The Office for Environmental Programs offers nine different research and industry-based research subjects.

The subjects vary in size (points) and length (one or two semesters) and all are available for commencement in either semester one or two.

A full list of subjects, word length requirements and general expectations is available here.

A research subject is an opportunity to undertake independent inquiry on an issue relating to environment and sustainability. Students are guided by an academic supervisor.

Industry-based research subjects are distinguished by an opportunity to co-develop a research topic with an industry supervisor and an academic supervisor. Industry-based research subjects are not internships; they are collaborative research partnerships between industry, the student and the University.

Research Topics and Supervisors

Research topics are developed by students.

Students should approach individual academics with relevant expertise about their topic and the possibility of supervision.

Academics who have agreed to act as a supervisor can assist with the development of a research proposal that outlines appropriate methodologies and analytical frameworks for addressing the research question posed by the topic.

Information for Supervisors
FAQs for Supervisors

Getting Started

It takes considerable time to prepare an application for a research subject. Tasks include:

  1. Topic development
  2. Finding an academic (and industry if required) supervisor
  3. Writing a 500 proposal
  4. Completing an application form (OEP R1) NB all signatures must be obtained before an application can be processed.
  5. Submission of proposal and completed application form by due date in the semester prior to the one in which you want to take a research subject.
A model proposal: some ideas and examples for how to present your proposal
Research Subject Application form (OEP R1)
Research Proposal and Application form Submission Dates 2016

Monday 10th October, 2016 5pm: To commence in Semester 1, 2017

Monday 8th May, 2017 5pm: To commence in Semester 2, 2017

Submit electronically to

Students applying for Environmental Industry Research (ENST90025, 90026, 90020, 70002) must complete an Environmental Industry Research – checklist OEP R12 by the same deadlines for submission of the subject application form and proposal

The OEP will respond to your research subject application within 2-4 weeks weeks after the deadline.

All applicants will receive an outcome letter and if successful this will include details about how to enrol.

Further Information

Not sure how to prepare for a Research or Industry-based research subject?

  1. Read the Subject Guide and FAQs for students.
  2. Attend an information session – run twice a semester (and repeated so you only need to attend one).
  3. Send your specific query to

Research Subject Information Sessions 2016

Information sessions have concluded for this year. Details for 2017 will be released early in the new year.




All Research subject final reports are examined by either a supervisor and one other academic or two other academics.

Examination takes between two and four weeks from the submission date. Details are provided in the Subject Guide and students are advised of key dates via LMS each semester.

Information for Examiners