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.
At least one day a week is set aside for data collection during term 3 and two or three days per week after the end of term 3, for the full-time (one-year) students. There is equivalent time spread over the two years for the part-time students.
Method of assessment
This module is assessed by a dissertation of 20,000 words worth 110 credits. In addition 10 credits will be awarded for the dissertation proposal.
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)
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
• Conduct an initial literature review and identify detailed research questions
• Design a research study or a review outline, selecting appropriate methodology and techniques for analysis.
• Consider any ethical issues involved and resolve them
• Where appropriate, students will learn to negotiate service access, seek consent as appropriate and conduct the data collection
• Conduct the data analysis, policy analysis or literature review using appropriate methods
• Write up the dissertation relating findings to the wider literature and to government policy if appropriate.
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
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