Research Project in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - TZ994

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Yearlong 7 60 (30) PROF J Beadle-Brown checkmark-circle


During the first term of the course students will develop ideas for their research project and will be given the opportunity to choose a research project proposed and supervised by members of the course team or other Tizard staff (see Appendix 4 of course handbook for the list of topics for the current year). Students who choose to design their own project will be allocated a dissertation supervisor. Students following the MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disability are required to do an empirical dissertation. All other students can choose between either an empirical or a non-empirical (e.g. policy or research review) dissertation.

Students develop a proposal (assessed) for their research project with advice from their supervisor and apply for ethical approval either to the Tizard Ethics Committee (Ethical Review Checklist available on web-based resources) or to another ethics committee such as those in the NHS.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

20 plus 600 hours own study time spread unevenly over the course of the module


All year

Method of assessment

Dissertation proposal (5%) plus dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words (95%)

Indicative reading

There is no specific required reading for this module, apart from readings included in the research methods module.

All students will be required to complete their own project-specific literature searches and read relevant literature for their research project. They will provide an account of this in the literature review section of the dissertation

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will:

• Set up a testable hypothesis or research question, having conducted a basic review of the literature
• Design a research study or detailed review process to test the hypothesis/answer the question
• Select an appropriate methodology, either qualitative or quantitative, or a combination of the two
• Consider any ethical issues involved and resolve them
• If appropriate, negotiate service access, seek consent and conduct the data collection
• Conduct the data analysis using appropriate methods
• Write up the dissertation with reference to existing literature and government policy


  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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