Dissertation

Module Overview

The module will enable students to complete a research project, submitting a report prepared for an appropriate international peer-reviewed scientific journal and delivering a presentation prepared for a scientific conference.

Delivery

Each student will be allocated to an individual supervisor, who will be a member of academic staff in the school. Titles of staff research projects will be available for students to select and we strongly encourage this approach. However, students may wish to pursue other areas of interest and in these cases, a supervisor will be appointed, who is available and can provide support. Distance learning approaches to supervision during the module may be possible. Please check the School website for available staff and their interests.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to justify the choice of research question within the context of existing research
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of relevant literature
  • Design a suitable research study to answer the research question
  • Identify and collect appropriate data
  • Gain ethical approval if appropriate
  • Appropriately analyse the data collected
  • Appropriately interpret the findings
  • Understand the application of the findings to practice and/or policy where appropriate
  • Demonstrate the ability to present the research, its conduct, methodology, results, conclusions and implications at M level
  • Prepare a report suitable for submission to an appropriate and named international peer-reviewed scientific journal
  • Present an oral presentation prepared for a scientific conference and answer subsequent questions raised

Credits

60 credits

Assessment

  1. A written report prepared as if for submission to an appropriate and named international peer-reviewed scientific journal – 70%
  2. An oral presentation (15 minutes with 5 minutes questions) – 30% 

Dissertation launch (for all students planning to start Dissertation during this academic year)

  • 28 October 2016