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Psychology Dissertation (PGT Conv) PSYCH5040

  • 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

Short Description

The dissertation will include carrying out an extensive piece of empirical research, requiring students to individually demonstrate a range of research skills, which includes planning, consideration of necessary ethical issues, analysis and dissemination of findings.


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

Requirements of Entry

Standard University entry requirements for Post-graduate courses apply.

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



Dissertation/Research Report (80%)

■ The research report should be no more than 10,000 - 12,000 words in length. The ideal length may be suggested by the supervisor.


Practical Skills (20%)

The supervisor provides a grade based on the student's demonstration of specific criteria within the ILOs (e.g., design, execution, analysis of the project, understanding of ethical/professional issues related to the research).

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

To develop in students the ability to plan a research project including developing and answering a research question based on literature based rationale, implementing sound methodological practices (quantitative or qualitative), carrying out suitable analysis and evaluating the impact of the study on the relevant field. The findings will be disseminated in a scientific document.  

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Develop a research question with a clear evidence-based rationale  

■ Use appropriate methodology and analytical techniques to answer the research question 

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

■ Plan and execute a significant project of research

■ Write a scientific document based on the evidence they have gathered and their subsequent analysis of the data

■ Demonstrate clear understanding and interpretation of their findings and their impact on relevant fields  

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.