Professional course (Distance Learning) Masters Dissertation (Distance Learning)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Online distance learning
Course Director
Vincent Singh

45 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


On successful completion of this 45 credit module, you will be able to:

  • produce a comprehensive and critical review of the literature
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the complexities, 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.

Entry requirements

60 level 3 credits or equivalent.

You must have completed and passed the Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology (UZWSRV-15-M) module.

Careers / Further study

This Masters Dissertation (Distance Learning) module can contribute towards the MSc Rehabilitation.



The syllabus is dictated by the nature of the area/topic of study agreed between the learner and identified academic supervisor.

Learning and Teaching

Independent learning underpins the teaching and learning strategy on the dissertation module. You will have an identified dissertation supervisor and approximately 20 hours supervision. Supervision includes contact hours with the supervisor and formative feedback on draft work.

Working effectively with their dissertation supervisor, you will be expected to:

  • confirm aims, questions and proposed research strategy and set out a programme of work
  • demonstrate the ability for independent work and ability to manage the study.

Scheduled learning includes tutorials, project supervision, and formative assessment.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, assignment preparation and completion etc.


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

The summative assessment is work that allows you to present the design and execution of a primary or secondary research study or service evaluation that they have undertaken. You will be asked to submit a 'dissertation portfolio' containing the following three tasks, which altogether will be a maximum of 10,000 words (excluding reference lists):

  1. A journal article prepared for submission to a journal of their choice.
  2. An explanation and justification of the academic journal the paper is (hypothetically) written for.
  3. A reflection on their research. This will provide you space to justify your decision in carrying out the research and in evaluation that might not fit well in the journal article.

Across the three 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.


Study facilities

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit our full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.


Please click on the Apply Now button to view dates.

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 or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Please read our Terms and Conditions.

For further information