Postgraduate taught 

Language & Literacy Education (Dumfries Campus) MSc

Enhanced Practice Dissertation DUMF5125

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The Enhanced Practice dissertation provides an opportunity to gain valuable independent research experience. A supervisor will be allocated based on the student's topic of interest and a suitable area of research will be agreed upon, ensuring that the intended learning outcomes of the course are addressed. In the process, the foundations will be laid for potential further research at PhD level.


Group / individual sessions with subject supervisor and/or course convenor as required.

Excluded Courses

Dissertation DUMF5078



20% of the mark will be based on a research proposal.

80% of the mark will be based on the submitted dissertation.

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

1. To engage students in independent research and study.
2. To allow students to explore a topic of interest to some depth in a practice-related area.

3. To develop and sustain an argument within this topic of interest.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1.demonstrate an ability to undertake a substantial, focused piece of research in a practice-related area using appropriate methodology;
2.examine relevant literature and present a critical review of that literature;

3.formulate a suitable research question derived from their literature analysis;

4.analyse relevant evidence by using appropriate methods;

5.evaluate their findings and draw conclusions;
6.produce a substantial piece of written work that clearly demonstrates motivation and structure and conforms to the requirements specified in the course documentation (e.g. quality, length, references, layout).

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.