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Dissertation 4 (Honours) EDUC4005P

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The Honours dissertation is an extended (10,000 word) piece of written work, based on research.


Tutorial support.

Requirements of Entry

Satisfactory completion of requirements of years 1 to 3 of MA programme, and must have gained 240 Academic and Professional credits prior to the commencement of their studies in Year 3.


A completed 10,000 word dissertation.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The purpose of the dissertation is for students to conduct a research that is relevant to religious education in secondary schools. The dissertation is the final work of the student to acquire an Honours degree and is an important indication of the creative and critical skills of the student.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ justify their choice of topic and their rationale for research

■ review literature and to present this in a reflective way

■ conduct research and analyse the data

■ make philosophical analysis

■ present the data or outcome of the analysis

■ draw valid conclusions of the research

■ present their work in a coherent and well-built dissertation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Completion of dissertation to a satisfactory standard, grade D3 or above.