Module: Research and Dissertation

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Rhiannon Naylor
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    600 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours

Module content

Research on a topic to be agreed with the module leader and potential supervisor. Guidance is given on approaches to research via a series of lectures and a “research day” involving practical classes on e.g. NVivo, SPSS etc.). The module will address:

  • The research process, including formulation of enquiry, critical review, research hypothesis, aims and objectives, 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:

  • Articulate critical awareness of the range of factors influencing real estate (P1)
  • Compute and interpret relevant figures and use information technology (T2)         
  • Critically evaluate data, analysis or research (R1)
  • Design research, collect data and apply appropriate techniques (R2 )
  • Integrate multidisciplinary considerations to make sound judgements or solve new or unfamiliar problems in diverse and evolving contexts (R3)
  • Reflect on learning to continuously develop new skills (S4)


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Dissertation (20,000 words) 100%
Formative Dissertation Proposal incorporating outline Literature Review (1,500 words and presentation), reviewed by module leader and potential supervisors.

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Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Biggam, J. (2011). Succeeding With Your Master's Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Handbook. Open University Press.
  • Bryman. A. (2015) Social Research Methods. 5th ed. Oxford University Press.
  • Creswell, J (2009) Research Methods: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. Sage.
  • Matthews, B. and Ross, L. (2010) Research Methods: A Practical Guide for Social Sciences. Pearson Education Ltd.
  • RAU Master’s Dissertation Guidance - Guidance on preparing your dissertation for Master’s students