Module: Research Dissertation

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Beverley Hill
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Prerequisites

  • Min study time

    450 hours
  • Contact hrs

    10 hours

Module content

This module will enable the student to demonstrate the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review.  Students should note that module 4413 is a prerequisite for this module.

The student will also need to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and self-manage the planning and implementing a research project that integrates the knowledge and skills acquired during previous studies. The methodologies used will be the most appropriate approach (e.g. quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods) for the chosen research question.

The dissertation project will be based on a critical analysis of the study area (including previous studies, the context and theoretical framework underpinning the topic). This will be written up in suitable thesis format including definition of the research question, literature review, methodologies used, result analysed and reported and discussion of the conclusions.

Module outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Undertake a critical review of the relevant literature that is relevant to the research question, identifying and critically evaluating appropriate areas of further investigation.
  2. Identify a relevant research question and the  methodologies that are necessary to implement the proposed investigation
  3. Work independently on developing the research dissertation, deploying problem-solving techniques to address the study question, that makes use of the knowledge gained through the programme


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Dissertation (12,000 – 15,000 words) 100%

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

Key texts

Essential resources:

  • Biggam, J. (2011) Succeeding with your Master’s Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Handbook (2nd Ed). Open University Press.

Additional resources:

  • Brett Davies, M. (2007) Doing a Successful Research Project: Using Qualitative or Quantitative Methods. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cresswell, J.W. (2008) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches. Sage Publications.
  • Dawson, C. (2009) Introduction to Research Methods: A Practical Guide for Anyone Undertaking a Research Project. How to Books Ltd.
  • Dytham, C. (2010) Choosing and Using Statistics: A Biologist’s Guide. (3rd Ed). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Field, A. (2009) Discovering statistics using SPSS (3rd Ed). Sage Publications.