Professional course Dissertation

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

40, 45 or 60 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


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

20 credit, Masters level Health and Social Care research: Methods and Methodology Research module (UZWRGQ-20-M) leads to either 40 UZWS4V-40-M or 60 UZWS4W-60-M credit Dissertation.

15 credit, Masters level Health and social care research: Methods and Methodology Research module (UZWSPX-15-M) leads to 45 credit dissertation UZWSUL-45-M.

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.

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Produce a comprehensive and critical review of the literature (Component A).
  • Demonstrate breadth and depth of understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of an investigation (Component A).
  • Critically evaluate and explore aspects of the research process including issues of reliability, validity, ethical issues and constraints (Component A).
  • Evaluate and contribute to theoretical and methodological debate in their discipline area (Component A).
  • Design and execute a well planned research study based on relevant research methodology, within a framework of research governance (Component A).
  • Map specific learning outcomes for the 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.

Students are allocated a supervisor who has the main responsibility for co-ordinating
formal support, monitoring progress and project supervision. It is the student's
responsibility to initiate and maintain contact with the supervisor.

Students undertaking projects requiring NRES applications may require extra support
which will be negotiated with the module leader and the supervisor.


The assessment strategy for this module is in the form of a portfolio of coursework.

The summative assessment is work that allows the student to present the design and execution of a primary or secondary research and study or service evaluation that they have undertaken. 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. This will provide students space to justify their decisions in carrying out the research and in evaluation that might not fit well in the journal article.

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


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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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