The Research Essay is a 12000-word essay available as a 30-point unit for students in postgraduate awards or as a single unit enrolment. The essay may be taken in a single semester or across two semesters (please note that the semesters must be consecutive). The essay is a significant experience for students considering enrolment in higher degree research. HDR degrees at the University require applicants to demonstrate they have completed an essay of this nature to a high standard. For many students, the Research Essay will be their first experience of an extended piece of research and writing. Students who wish to take a Research Essay should consult with their College course advisor in the first instance.