Professional/Short course Dissertation

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Six weeks
Course Director
Vincent Singh

40, 45 or 60 credit level 7 module

Due to the places required from our partnership organisations outweighing the actual places available on this module, it will not be opened up to general applications until six weeks before the start date. Please contact your employer to see if you are eligible to apply, they will supply you with the relevant links to undertake this process.

Page last updated 12 October 2023


On successful completion of this level 7 (Masters level) Dissertation module, you will be able to:

  • produce a comprehensive and critical review of the literature
  • demonstrate breadth and depth of understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of an investigation
  • critically evaluate and explore aspects of the research process including issues of reliability, validity, ethical issues and constraints
  • evaluate and contribute to theoretical and methodological debate in their discipline area
  • design and execute a well planned research study based on relevant research methodology, within a framework of research governance
  • mapping of specific learning outcomes for the dissertation will be dependent upon the nature of the study and the methodology employed.

You will work with your dissertation supervisor to confirm aims, questions and proposed research strategy and set out a programme of work. You will demonstrate the ability to work independently and manage your study.

Entry requirements

60 level 3 credits or equivalent. You must have completed and passed the Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology (UZWRGQ-20-M) module or equivalent.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Specialist Practice
  • MSc Mental Health (Psychosocial Interventions)
  • MSc Medical Ultrasound
  • MSc Nuclear Medicine



You will participate in a dissertation progress seminar, in which all students give presentations and answer questions about the purpose, research strategy and management of their dissertation.

Learning and Teaching

Independent learning underpins the teaching and learning strategy on the dissertation module. The student will have an identified dissertation supervisor and supervision includes contact hours with the supervisor and formative feedback on draft work. 8 hours of workshops are available for students.

Study time

Eight hours of workshops and 12 hours of supervision totalling 20 contact hours.


The assessment strategy for this module is in the form of a portfolio of coursework. The dissertation portfolio should not exceed a maximum of 10,000 words (excluding reference lists) and consists of:

  • a journal article prepared for submission to a journal of their choice.
  • an explanation and justification of the academic journal the paper is (hypothetically) written for.
  • a reflection on their research.

Across the 3 elements of the portfolio, all learning outcomes must be demonstrated. Formative assessment occurs throughout the module as you work with the allocated dissertation supervisor.


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Prices and dates

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Please note: 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

Please click on the Apply Now button to apply for your CPD module, which you can take as a stand-alone course or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Extra information

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