Advanced Research Project: Proposal Development - PSYC9970

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 4 (2) David Kelly checkmark-circle


This module provides students with an understanding of academic research and an ability to identify and utilise appropriate strategies and techniques for the purpose of individual investigation, research and practice within a subject specific area of their course route. The module guides students through appropriate research and/or data collection to ensure that they have the source material required to write their dissertation. This module will prepare students to undertake the dissertation module in Stage 2 of their course, including matching students with supervisors and ensuring that their proposal is satisfactory to reach the required level of independent thought in their dissertation project.


Contact hours

Private Study: 155 (e.g., preparing study materials, literature search, lab work etc.)
Contact Hours: 45 (20 hours oral presentation sessions, 25 hours supervisory meetings)
Total: 200


Non-contributory but compulsory to the following courses:
• MSc Clinical Psychology
• MSc Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology
• MSc Developmental Psychology
• MSc Organisational and Business Psychology
• MSc Social Psychology

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Proposal (Pass/Fail)

Reassessment methods
Like-for-Like (pass/fail)

*This module cannot be resat as students require staff supervision to meet the learning outcomes. Students failing this module will be required to repeat this module in its entirety*

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate research attitudes, knowledge, and skills applicable to their intended research focus.
2 Identify relevant and feasible areas of research in in Psychology and related disciplines for the purpose of individual investigation.
3 Identify major research approaches and methodologies and their relevance and appropriateness to research.
4 Select a topic from the course and/or their own experience which will provide suitable scope for research in the dissertation.
5 Critically apply research approaches and methods, and project management techniques, in the design and planning of a research programme approved for research in the postgraduate dissertation.


  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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