Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Summer 7 60 (30) checkmark-circle


Students develop their communication and research skills to a high professional standard in an academic or industrial setting. Working with an assigned tutor, students elect to produce a theoretical, interdisciplinary or practice-based written dissertation or project in a topic related to the field of study and as directed by the programme leader. Students develop a research proposal, incorporating a methodology and schedule for the work. Students are expected to develop their ability to gather and synthesize data, as well as to analyse it in a coherent and convincing manner. In addition, they are expected to situate their own investigation in the broader context of their chosen discipline. Interdisciplinary investigations that further inform thinking are encouraged.
The project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their capacity to work at Level 7 as independent researchers in their chosen area of specialism through a substantial piece of written work and/or research project, and will include necessary visual material and, where appropriate, new project proposals.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

20 hours

Method of assessment

Dissertation (100%)

Indicative reading

Biggam, J. (2011). Succeeding with your master's dissertation: a step-by-step handbook. Potter, S. (ed) (2013) Doing Postgraduate Research, SAGE Publications, London.
Borden, I. (2006). The dissertation an architecture student's handbook. Amsterdam: Architectural.
Bryman, A. (2003) Quantity and Quality in Social Research, Unwin Hyman.
Burns, R. (2000) Introduction to Research Methods, Sage Publication (4th Edition)
Denscombe, M. (2007) The Good Research Guide For Small-Scale Social Research Projects, Maidenhead: Open University Press (available as an e-book)
Gubrium J. and Holstein, J. (2012) The Sage Handbook f Interview Research, Sage Publications.

Learning outcomes

8.1 Design, conceptualise and write a significant individual investigative work, in-depth reading and critical discussion of appropriate key literature at the forefront of the chosen specialism;
8.2 Plan, organise and rigorously execute research using appropriate methods, an investigation of a significant issue relevant to the degree programme with a minimum of external guidance;
8.3 Organise and carry out appropriate and effective data collection (with due regard for safety and risk assessment), analysis and interpretation using appropriate statistical, textural or other types of techniques;
8.4 Communicate appropriate ideas, results and conclusions in the form of a written dissertation or research project, with a high standard of presentation, in a logical, persuasive and readily understandable manner;
8.5 Demonstrate the ability to select, apply and evaluate suitable research approaches and techniques
9.1 Undertake independent and original research in the relevant field of study and formulate reasoned and critical arguments.
9.2 Undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or sometimes contradictory areas of theory.
9.3 Develop their ability to construct and evaluate arguments.
9.4 Reflect on their own learning, planned their use of time, and identified appropriate directions for further study, encouraged by the individual supervisor.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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