You can undertake your own in-depth study into a topic related to your degree subject which interests you. You will benefit from having the opportunity to plan and manage your individual research into a topic at a level not covered in the taught modules, successfully concluding in an extended written dissertation.
These dissertations are linked to their internships, so they provide a strong talking point for future interviews. Students also develop their research and comprehension skills.
Full module specification
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The aim of writing a dissertation is to give students the opportunity to research a topic related to their programme of study, which is not covered in depth by any taught module being offered that year. It is also designed to give students the opportunity to plan and manage their own research and to produce an extended written dissertation.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. [dependent on the topic selected]
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 2. plan and execute a research project
- 3. build and exploit a beneficial relationship with supervisor
- 4. use library, database and other research materials
- 5. research extensively and critically on a chosen academic topic and to demonstrate an understanding of the underlying concepts and/or deductive processes from that research
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. work independently
- 7. plan and manage own time
- 8. present information in a clear and comprehensible written form
- 9. develop arguments supported by closely relevant sources
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning & teaching activities||6 (2 hours per week)||Lectures and practical classes|
|Guided independent study||150||Reading and research|
|Guided independent study||139||Writing up a dissertation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|1 task||8000-10,000 words||1-9||Written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Dissertation||100%||8,000 10,000 words excluding tables and charts||1-9||Verbal and Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Dissertation||Revision of the dissertation based on the given feedback||1-9||1st September|
• As agreed with supervisor
• Taught sessions
• Introduction to the module: what is about research
• Research design
• Literature review
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
This will depend on the topic chosen.
General ‘how to write a dissertation’ texts may also be of help:
Dunleavy, P. (2004) Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation. Palgrave Macmillan.
Swetnam, D. (2000) Writing Your Dissertation How to Book Ltd (3rd ed)
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