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Dissertation (PGT Conv ODL) EDUC5994

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to give students the experience of performing a research project. As part of the project, students will carry out an extensive piece of empirical research, requiring individuals to demonstrate a range of research skills, which includes planning, consideration of necessary ethical issues, analysis and dissemination of findings.



Requirements of Entry

At least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent

Excluded Courses





Written assignment: project report 10,000 words (up to 12,000 if qualitative project)

Course Aims

The course aims are to provide students with an opportunity to consolidate an empirical project in their chosen area of study. This may include quantitative/qualitative or a combination of both. This will allow students to apply the theoretical understanding they have obtained in their core and optional courses. Students will be guided how to disseminate results appropriately.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate a clear understanding of issues related to research design, methodologies, and analysis

■ Apply appropriate methodologies relevant to psychological research generally and specifically to chosen topic

■ Apply theoretical understanding to research

■ Plan and execute a significant project of research

■ Demonstrate originality or creativity in the application of knowledge and understanding

■ Identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues.

■ Assess the ethical and professional issues associated with conducting psychological research

■ Disseminate their findings

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.