Treatise (OPSC5005)


Successful candidates will demonstrate to the examiners that they have a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of one area in the basic sciences or clinical ophthalmology. The treatise must be in the form of a written output (report or formal academic composition) on work performed during the candidature from a supervised student project that contains between 10,000-20,000 words. The format of the project may be of a systematic review of the literature, a case series, short clinical trial, survey or other project acceptable to the unit of study coordinator. It is essential where there is the use of patient information or patient enrolment onto the study that appropriate ethics approval is gained from the governing body where the project will take place. Students need to be mindful of the time ethics approval takes and incorporate it into the project time allocation. On completion of this unit of study the successful student will be able to (1) undertake a medical/scientific project and follow it to its completion, (2) work constructively under the supervision of a supervisor, (3) display scientific thinking and apply this to ophthalmology and (4) attempt to publish their treatise or learn how to publish their work.

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Your Practical Guide to Writing a Thesis, Treatise or Dissertation at the University of Sydney, SUPRA Guide (

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OPSC5001 and OPSC5002

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