Professional course Dissertation (PQF)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing

Post qualifying, level 3, 30 or 40 credit module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


Check with the module leader if you are unsure whether to apply for 40 (UZWRG9-40-3) or 30 (UZWRWJ-30-3) credit module.

The Dissertation will comprise individual learning contracts in order to facilitate self directed learning with a supportive facilitator. You will also be supported by workshops, which will put emphasis on your participation.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • BSc(Hons) Nursing (International)



Advanced search skills:

  • Critical appraisal
  • Links between policy and practice
  • Stakeholder perspectives including public and patient involvement
  • Research methods and ethics
  • Service Evaluation Theory
  • Barriers to change implementation
  • Writing for a professional audience
  • Dissemination techniques

On successful completion of this 30 or 40 credit module, you will be able to:

  • Select and develop a research method appropriate to particular research questions.
  • Critically analyse ethical issues within the research process.
  • Critically evaluate research and current issues in a selected area of practice.
  • Demonstrate analysis and interpretation of data collected.
  • Critically evaluate the findings and their applicability and implications for the development and improvement of practice.
  • Articulate a coherent argument and an ability to defend that line of reasoning.
  • Evaluate and reflect upon your own performance in applying the research process to your professional role.

Learning and Teaching

A variety of approaches will be used which may include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Masterclasses
  • ICT based platforms
  • Problem solving approaches
  • Supervision
  • Directed and independent learning
  • Formative assessment opportunity

Study time

There will 36 hours of contact to include seminars, lecturers and online activities, inclusive of six hours of contact per student.


Assessment will be in the form of a 8,000 word assignment.

The Dissertation will take the form of a literature review on a topic relevant to your practice and to include consideration of the contribution of the evidence to service improvement.


Study facilities

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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