Psychology BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

Dissertation 4H PSYCH4007P

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

A piece of independent research in which students will design and implement an experiment and analyse data, producing a project report.


Flexible by arrangement


Written report 100%

Main Assessment In: April/May

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

To develop in students the ability to express a testable hypothesis and subject it to empirical evaluation using psychological methods

To develop the skills involved in analysing data and writing a scientific report

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
write an evaluative introduction to a research problem in Psychology
design testable hypotheses which derive from their review
test and statistically evaluate the hypotheses using appropriate experimental and statistical techniques
write a scientific document based on the evidence they have gathered and their subsequent analysis of the data

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.