School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Thesis Topic Selection

In Week 13 of each semester the School holds an information session for those students starting their Thesis Project course in the following semester.  The session is designed to give students the opportunity to review the projects being offered and meet prospective supervisors.

Project Offerings

There are two types of project on offer: specialised thesis projects are offered by individual academics (and often align with that academic’s research expertise and interests), and are conducted under the supervision of that individual. They are usually only suitable for a small number of students (i.e. one or two).  In contrast, super thesis projects, are broad thesis topics aligned to the School’s research areas. It is possible for many students to undertake the same super thesis project at the same time, and these topics are supervised by an academic team. Regardless of the type of project selected, all thesis projects are individual, and the assessment items are the same.

Each semester, topics (both specialised and super) are advertised on the Faculty's project database at Projects are advertised on the day following the Information Session in Week 13 though additional projects may be added at any time. You can search on a number of parameters to help you discover topics that interest you. Feel free to approach potential supervisors to ask more about their projects or to suggest topics of you own. In some degree programs you may be able to undertake a CEED project.

Note that some project courses are only available by permission or under special circumstances. See the thesis course listing for details.

ITEE Research Groups and Staff can be found here.

Project Allocation

Once students have reviewed the thesis project topics on offer (either at the information session, or via the project database), they need to consult directly with their prospective supervisors. Project allocations are made directly by supervisors once a successful consultation with a student has taken place – a supervisor makes an allocation by assigning a student to a project in the project database.

It is highly recommended that students consult with a variety of prospective supervisors as early as possible as there is always high demand for projects and supervisors. The Week 13 information session is a good opportunity to consult early with the supervisors on hand.

NOTE:  If you delay too long the projects you are interested in may be allocated to another student or your preferred supervisor may reach their capacity.

When contacting prospective supervisors, please include the information as per this template.

Allocation deadlines

Students who wish to undertake a specialised thesis topic should complete the sign-up process as soon as possible after the information session: it is expected that specialised thesis topic allocations will be completed no later than one week following grade release (in the semester prior to commencement).

Students should contact ITEE Thesis Enquiries if an academic has not signed them up in the database following their agreement to supervise a project with the approval in an email trail.

Any students not signed-up to specialised projects will be added to a super project aligned to their Program/Plan approximately 1 month before the start of semester.  This does not prevent you from continuing to seek a specialised project up until the start of semester, but does ensure you have a project allocation before semester starts. Project allocations cannot be changed once semester commences in Week 1: at that point in time each student must commence work on the project that they have been allocated to.


Students should ensure they are enrolled into the appropriate Thesis Project Course as soon as enrolments open for the following semester.  For some courses permission is required to enrol and supervisors will need to send a request on behalf the student to ITEE Thesis Enquiries