Dissertation 4H NURSING4024P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

To provide the student with the opportunity to complete an academically rigorous 10,000 word dissertation discussing an area of nursing practice.


Tutorials and lectures are scheduled throughout semesters 1 and 2. Individual supervision provided by staff members.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Student must have attained a grade C or better in Nursing and Health Studies (Year 2) and Nursing (Year 3) and grade D or better in all other assessments in Years 2 & 3, at the first attempt.


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses

Not applicable.


All Year 4 courses of the Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) Degree must be taken, unless previously achieved.


A 10,000-word literature-based dissertation related to an appropriate area of nursing practice.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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

The aim is to provide the student with the opportunity to complete an academically rigorous dissertation related to an area of nursing practice of particular interest to the student.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Demonstrate the ability to conduct literature searches of the relevant databases and other appropriate electronic resources

2. Undertake an in-depth and critical review of the literature related to a particular subject area.

3. Present a critical review of the literature in an appropriate academic style

4. Demonstrate an ability to synthesise material in order to present a coherent argument.

5. Critically discuss the implications for nursing practice of the literature review findings.

6. Demonstrate a more in depth knowledge of the chosen subject area, in order to enhance own clinical practice.


Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students are required to achieve a minimum of Grade D at the first diet.