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MSc Tourism Development and Culture Dissertation DUMF5107P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The dissertation essay (between 20,000 and 25,000 words) is based on a topic relevant to the main programme courses and enables the student to investigate a subject in great depth. It may involve primary and secondary research, and might also be based on a workplace experience. It will be supervised by two of the four partners.


 Meetings between the student and supervisor will normally take place at least once per month. The dissertation takes place in the fourth semester of the two-year programme (January to June)

Requirements of Entry

A candidate will be permitted to progress to preparation of the dissertation only if he/she has obtained an average aggregation score of C3 or above in the taught courses, with at least 75% of credits at grade D3 or better and all credits at grade F or above.  

Excluded Courses





Dissertation: an essay between 20,000 and 25,000 words in length.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To foster and guide the skills of independent research.

To encourage the student to develop professional standards in the presentation of the dissertation.

  To enable the student to pursue an academic interest in depth, with a scholarly approach.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

 Access and utilise a range of information sources and technologies in effectively retrieving, storing and processing data.

Organise material in a well-structured and clearly presented form.

Apply consistent rules of presentation to bibliographical materials, appendices and footnotes, using recognised academic standards.

Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship of the topic to other work in the same area.

Identify a topic that is viable within the constraints of time and length that makes a contribution to knowledge in the area of tourism development and culture.

Write up and complete a dissertation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.