Module: Research Project / Dissertation

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Meriel Moore-Colyer
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    300 hours
  • Contact hrs

    28 hours

Module content

The dissertation may be a conceptual piece or may be based on the analysis of existing or new data sets. The students are required to produce an acceptable, detailed research proposal, a completed research ethics form and a health and safety statement before progressing to the main stages of their study. Detailed guidance on the requirements of the dissertation/project, teaching content, assessment briefs will be provided on the 3300 Gateway page under the relevant content tab.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Develop a detailed research proposal that presents a well-developed research aim(s) supported by clear research objectives
  2. Identify and respond to ethical considerations and limitations relating to the dissertation/project.
  3. Determine and apply appropriate methods to gather, process, present and interpret research data.
  4. Critically review and synthesise the work of others in the field of inquiry and discuss these in the context of the results analysed within this study.
  5. Critically evaluate the conduct and outcomes of the research and develop conclusions and recommendations that are reliable and well-supported by the research undertaken.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 5-10 minute presentation to a progress seminar 10%
Coursework Dissertation / report (12,000 words max) or equivalent 90%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

  • Feather, D. (2015) From proposal to thesis: writing an undergraduate dissertation. White & Maclean Publishing.
  • Creswell, J.W., 2014. Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches. 4th ed. Sage Publications.
  • Pears, R. and Shields, G.J. (2016) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 10th edn. Palgrave. (Palgrave study skills).
  • Saunders M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill. A. (2016) Research methods for business students. 7th ed. Pearson
  • Parsons and Knight (2015). 3rd edition.   How to do your dissertation in geography and related disciplines. Chapman and Hall.
  • Walliman, N. (2011) 2nd edition. Your research project: a step by step guide for the first time researcher. Sage Publications.
  • Laycock, E., Howarth, T. and Watson, P. (2016). The journey to dissertation success: for construction, property, and architecture students. London. Routledge
  • Malmfors, B (et al) (2004) Writing and Presenting Scientific Papers. (2nd edition) Nottingham University Press
  • Hewson, C., Yule, P., Laurent, D. and Vogel, C., 2016. Internet research methods: A practical guide for the behavioural and social sciences. 2nd ed. SAGE
  • Barbour, R.S., 2014. Introducing qualitative research: a student’s guide. 2nd ed. Sage publications Ltd.
  • Bryman, A. and Bell, E., 2015. Business research methods. 4th ed. Oxford University Press.
  • Clark, M., Johnson, P. and Gill, A., 2010. Research Methods for Managers. 4th ed. Sage publications.
  • Denscombe, M., 2015. The good research guide for small-scale social research projects 5th ed. Open University Press. (Open University study skills).
  • Field, A., 2016. An Adventure in Statistics: The Reality Enigma. SAGE.
  • Oakshott, l., 2012. Essential quantitative methods for business, management and finance. 5th edn. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Silverman, D., 2015. Qualitative research: theory, method, practice. 4th  edn. Sage publications.
  • Yin, R.K. (2014) Case study research: design and methods. 5th ed. Sage Publications