Psychology Dissertation (PGT Conv) PSYCH5040

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed to give students the experience of performing a research

project under close supervision of academic staff in psychological laboratories (or other settings where data collection takes place) and writing up the results in a project report.


This course will run throughout the year and will include individual supervision with an allocated member of academic staff and two one hour taught general support sessions in each semester.

Requirements of Entry

Standard University entry requirements for Post-graduate courses apply.

For MSc Psychological Science 2:1 honours degree in a science subject.



The project report should be between 10,000 - 12,000 words in length. Appendices, references, figures and tables are not includes in this word limit. The ideal length may be suggested by the supervisor.

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:


To provide students with an appreciation of the issues associated with research design and an understanding of different methodologies (quantitative or qualitative). To provide students with the opportunity for practical experience to complement the theoretical understanding they will attain in their core and option modules.

To provide students with the opportunity to write up results to a professional format at the level expected for inclusion in a peer reviewed journal.

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, research methodologies (and statistics for quantitative projects).

- Apply appropriate methodologies
relevant to psychological research.
- Apply theoretical understanding into practice

- Plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation or development.

- Demonstrate originality or creativity in the application of knowledge, understanding
 and practices.
- Identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues.

- Assess the ethical and professional issues associated with conducting psychological research.

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.