Module: Dissertation

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    David Hardwick
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    600 hours
  • Contact hrs

    25 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1 - 2

Module content

Research on a topic to be agreed with the module leader and potential supervisor. Guidance is given on approaches to research. The module will address:

  • The research process, including formulation of enquiry, critical review, research hypothesis, research strategies.
  • Research methods including qualitative and quantitative research techniques.
  • Analysis and presentation of research data.
  • Literature reviews and referencing. 

Module outcomes

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

  1. Formulate a research proposal and develop, evaluate and apply appropriate problem solving and research skills to address a research enquiry.
  2. Relate a review of available literature to critical discussion of their own investigations.
  3. Select, evaluate and apply a range of suitable research techniques.
  4. Analyse and interpret information and data using appropriate statistical methods and present findings in an appropriate form.
  5. Prepare a fully referenced dissertation which demonstrates originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline. 


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words) 100%

Key texts

  • RAU Master’s Dissertation Guidance - Guidance on preparing your dissertation for Master’s students
  • Bell, J. (2005) Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers in Education and Social Science. Open University
  • Denscombe, M. (2007) The Good Research Guide for Small-scale Social Research Projects. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press
  • Fisher, C. (2007) Researching and Writing a Dissertation. Pearson Education Ltd
  • Matthews, B. and Ross, L. (2010) Research Methods: A Practical Guide for Social Sciences. Pearson Education Ltd
  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2007) Research Methods for Business Students. 4th ed. Pearson Education