The Thesis Project is carried out in the last two sessions of the BE program. The course comprises six units of credit in the first session and six units of credit in the second session. As a rough guide students are expected to work on their thesis for at least 6 hours per week in session 1, and session 2. During this time students are involved with directed laboratory and research work on an approved topic and under the guidance of members of staff. Students may commence the thesis in either session 1 or 2 of an academic year.
The thesis is an opportunity for you to demonstrate what you have learned throughout your studies in Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy. It is expected that your research, analytical work, and writing will far exceed the level of work completed in your previous years.
A list of thesis topics is posted below. Additions and deletions will be noted as required on this page. Students should review the list and discuss the topics with the relevant supervisor to get an idea of what it entails. Once both the supervisor and student have agreed on the topic a Thesis Nomination Form should be completed and submitted to Kimberly prior to a student commencing work on their topic. At the very latest this form should be submitted by the Friday of week 2 of the session in which SOLA4910/SOLA4912 is commenced.
Students who wish to develop their own thesis topic are invited to do so, provided that they can find a supervisor from within the School. Students should discuss their potential topic with their proposed supervisor, and if the supervisor agrees, the student should attach a description of the thesis signed by the supervisor to the Thesis Nomination Form. The school also encourages students who wish to do an industry-led thesis topic. In this case the mentor from industry would commonly be the student’s co-supervisor, however an academic staff member from the School must act as the supervisor of the thesis. Students wishing to do an industry-led thesis must obtain approval from an academic of the School to supervise the topic and should submit e-mails or signed letters from the industry representative and academic supervisor with a brief outline of the project with their Thesis Nomination Form.
For a complete list of available Thesis Topics go to the Administrative Forms page.
For a Thesis Nomination Form go to the Administrative Forms page.