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Developing and Evaluating Interventions Dissertation MED5526P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

For the Developing and Evaluating Interventions MSc dissertation, students will identify and collaborate with an organisation that delivers social or health programmes, or work within their own organisation, to pursue their dissertation project. This will be either the development of a new programme, an evaluability assessment of an existing programme, or the evaluation of an existing programme. Where appropriate, a representative of the organisation will act as a field supervisor for the project.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students complete a dissertation on the development, evaluability assessment or evaluation of an actual programme within a practitioner organisation of up to 10,000 words. If preferred, this can take the form of a journal article. (60% course credit)


A brief report or executive summary for practitioner partners and key stakeholders of between 1,000 to 2,000 words. (20% course credit)


An oral presentation to fellow students on the process of conducting the project, which might come before the conclusion of the project. This is likely to summarise relationships with key stakeholders, negotiations over design, principle challenges and what was learnt. (20% course credit) 

Course Aims

The dissertation aims to synthesise and apply the knowledge acquired from the taught courses, on the development, evaluability assessment or evaluation of programmes. The dissertation also aims to enable students to utilise research skills, develop and lead a project under supervision, liaise with practitioner partners, communicate findings appropriately, and develop writing skills for both academic and non-academic audiences. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Design, plan and complete a project to develop or evaluate a programme intended to improve society or health, or to conduct an evaluability assessment of such a programme.

■ Critically evaluate, select and know how to implement the most appropriate research methods for either the development of a new programme, or an evaluability assessment, or process and'/or outcome evaluation of an existing programme.

■ Liaise with practitioner partners in developing, evaluating or conducting an evaluability assessment of social or health programmes.

■ Communicate findings to practitioner and academic audiences in the most appropriate ways.

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.